As Order Bank For Mustang Mach-E GT Opens, Ford Introduces Unbridled Extend Feature For Track-Like Performance And Sound
Throughout its 57-year history, the GT letters have meant so much to the Mustang. Two little letters add so much performance to the Mustang, and that’s even the case with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT.
The order bank for the Mustang Mach-E GT and the GT Performance Edition opens April 28. Orders will be converted and production can theoretically begin. However, with the slower-than-normal production the auto industry is experiencing, Ford included, most Mach-E GTs won’t deliver until the fall, and many will likely be 2022 model years.
“With Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, we’re pushing the boundaries of what an electric vehicle can offer,” said Dave Pericak, vehicle program director. “These Mustang Mach-E models not only give customers the added capability expected from the GT name, but the responsiveness of their electric powertrains will ensure they have a thrilling experience behind the wheel.”
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GT Performance for the Mustang Mach-E
When I recently drove the Mustang Mach-E, I took note of the three different modes and how they changed the driving dynamics and even piped in the sound. Unbridled Mode was my favorite.
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In addition to three drive experiences that is offered on the Mustang Mach-E, Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition introduce Unbridled Extend, a track- and closed-course-only take on Unbridled mode that balances power output for lap time consistency. The system provides more performance-oriented traction and stability control tuned specifically for track use – including an increase in interior sound.
See the video below for a walk through of the GT Performance Edition.
Mustang Mach-E GT features electric all-wheel-drive and permanent magnetic dual motors, including an upgraded secondary electric motor that powers the front wheels for a combined power output of 480 peak horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. It aims for a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds2 while targeting an EPA-estimated 250 miles of range.
Mustang Mach-E GT features 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with high-gloss black-painted pockets and aero covers with 245/45R20 Continental all-season tires. Mach-E GT also gets red-painted performance brake calipers, plus 385-millimeter ventilated front rotors and 316-millimeter solid rear rotors.
What’s the difference between GT and GT Performance Edition?
With a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition joins the Mustang Mach-E GT stable, making an already-fast electric pony even quicker. Pumping out 480 horsepower and 634 lb.-ft. of torque – the same horsepower as the Mustang Mach 1 performance coupe but with 214 lb.-ft. additional torque – Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition delivers more torque, grip and better handling by drawing more power from its battery pack, and targets an EPA-estimated range of 235 miles.
Offering more than just added “oomph,” Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition features sportier components including 385-millimeter front rotors with red-painted Brembo®-branded calipers, as well as 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with high-gloss Ebony Black-painted pockets paired with 245/45R20 Pirelli summer tires4 – unique to Mustang Mach-E and which enabled engineers to calibrate the motors for increased torque – as well as MagneRide Damping System to help improve handling performance.
Its interior features Ford Performance front seats in Performance Gray ActiveX Seating Material plus unique Miko perforated reflective insert and metallic stitching.
Both Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition feature a Carbonized Gray grille with illuminated pony badge and GT series badging adorning the exterior. Mustang Mach-E GT also features a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, pony projection lamps and black-painted sideview mirror caps.
Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will offer available Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat exclusively, as well as Grabber Blue Metallic – previously available only on First Edition. Other colors in the palette include new Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver Metallic and Space White Metallic.
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How much does the Mustang Mach-E GT cost?
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT has an estimated MSRP of $59,900 while the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is $64,900. According to Ford, both are eligible for the available federal tax incentive.
The order bank opens April 28 for both versions. Deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will begin in early fall and will continue through the end of 2021.
Leave me your thoughts on the GT and the Unbridled Extra option.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.