Ford Mustang Mach-E GT review: a 480bhp electric muscle car?

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT review: a 480bhp electric muscle car?

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A faster electric Mustang? That’s about the size of it, yep. Welcome to the Mustang Mach-E GT. Instead of the 360bhp you got in the previous quickest Mach-E, the GT generates 480bhp. That makes it considerably more powerful than the 5.0-litre V8 plumbed into the nose of the Mustang Mach 1 coupe, which is currently the most powerful ‘Stang on sale in the United Kingland of Engdom-on-sea. But how does this £65k EV stack up? Click play and Magazine’s Senior Road Test Editor Ollie Kew reveals all.Chapters:0:00 Intro0:54 0-62mph1:56 Mach-E vs Mach 12:36 Styling & Features4:21 Range6:00 Interior 8:11 EV Theory9:58 Outro Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

attention muscle car army and this thing has got your attention hasn’t it because the last time ford took this badge the horse that means mustang the golden gate bridge the statue of liberty of american car icon names and they put it on electric crossover well you got a bit annoyed didn’t you and possibly rightly so so four to try and earn your forgiveness this gives you this the mackie gt the fast one and they’ve hidden it all the way in sunny croatia in southern europe where you can’t find it so i thought that before you get ever so salty in the comments we’ll have a good look around it and then we’ll go for a drive and we can have a think about whether or not this is a good car and then we can decide whether or not it’s a good mustang right let’s go quick a mackie gt they claim goes from naught to 62 yes 62 miles per hour or 100 kilometers an hour in 3.7 seconds and i want to give that a go we’re not doing one foot roll out we’re not doing a drag strip with glue on the surface i’ve just got a nice quiet stretch here i’m going to go into untamed mode foot on break jump on the throttle yeah that is quite powerful really just rear up actually that’s quite old school my saying oh that’s 100 already by the way that was that’s 100 k’s in very very little time at all and it really did sort of pitch the nose up quite interesting i don’t know if they’ve left that in deliberately as i kind of hey you’re still in something that deserves to be called a mustang my only suspicion is that with that deeply impressive and somewhat sickening acceleration i might have just experienced 95 percent of what the mackie gt offers what i do find strange about that is that the fastest mustang you can currently buy in the uk the fastest kind of proper old-school mustang something called the mac one now it’s got a five liter v8 engine it’s got 460 horsepower and it will do naught to 60 in 4.8 seconds which is really quick where it was in the olden days kind of funny isn’t it that that sporting muscle car kind of coupe would get absolutely smoked by a five-door hatchback school bus and this one is painted the same color as a school bus very very strange new world we appear to be living in ah beautiful isn’t it no not the scenery look at this allow me to talk you around what makes this a mac egt the main difference of course big old filled in grill on a normal mackey that’s the kind of mustache motif that suggests a mustang grill shape but here you get an actual fake grille obviously it’s all filled in for aerodynamics because it doesn’t need any cooling and the same goes for these vents here they create what’s called an air curtain nothing to do with cooling apparently it’s all there to offset the extra drag caused by bigger wheels and tires so these are cast aluminium they’re 20 inches you get a larger wider pirelli tire and then look inside here massive brembo brake caliper 18 inch discs properly upgraded braking system which is kind of odd really given that for an ev you tend to trust the regen to do most of your braking for you okay come with me down the side this this is called cyber orange it’s a color you can only get for the mackie gt it is the most metallic paint i’ve ever seen i think if you look at it for too long enough your eyes will actually turn into glitter um whole car rides 10 mil lower no door handles of course that’s still on these buttons and then the doors electronically pop out given it is so minimal it’s down the side a bit of a missed opportunity for me for some disgustingly 1970s larry stickers graphics and stripes and then coming to the back there’s only two real differences here a suggestion of a rear diffuser which i think aerodynamically does the square root of jack or and then some hallowed letters in the space where you normally get a horse badge gt you can legitimately tell people look i drive a ford gt sort of okay you join us now on an unbelievably smooth croatian motorway it’s probably the smoothest road i’ve ever driven along we’re having a cruise now and a mustang should be a good cruiser but i’m not sure about the range see they claim 310 miles for a mackie gt it’s got the big battery 88 kilowatt hours usable but when we got in this one this morning it said 460 odds kilometers of range because you’ve got to speak european in croatia but that’s about 280 285 miles i think and that range is now well 296 kilometers that’s about 180 miles i mean real world this is a 250 mile car and that’s fine but last week i drove a tesla model y and that albeit not quite as quick as this in the long range all-wheel drive spec you want a performance to go as fast as this but that is a 300 mile car in the real world even when you’re using the air con even when you’re showing your mates how quick it is so it’s interesting isn’t it if you’re after an electric crossover right now well done your timing couldn’t be better there are loads of them high-end eyes and volkswagens and a ford and tesla’s and all sorts but there’s only one that’s going to take you well over 300 miles on a charge and it happens to be the same one that’s got its own dedicated charging network and it’s the tesla and as desirable as a mustang image is the mackie it’s not the rangiest of electric family cars so i guess you have to kind of choose your priorities don’t you so what do we think about this interior because let’s not forget this is a 65 000 pound car a 65 grand ford at that and i know people pay for cars monthly rather than the big retail price but that is a pretty scary number to be confronted with on the ford websites you’d expect to get in here and be impressed um not sure obviously you get the same 15 and a half inch massive great touchscreen kind of like a telly that’s landed on its side smack in the middle of the dashboard doesn’t seem to have got any faster from any of the other mackies driven it’s not like they’ve turbo charged the chip in the gt so that’s a bit laggy and then otherwise there’s really not a lot i mean they’ve written gt on the armrest there’s some white stitching but you haven’t got like a flat bottom steering wheel or any alcantara and ford are usually the masters of making a sort of hotter version of a normal car feel a bit more special inside you’re getting a fiesta st you get fantastic recaro bucket seats and different gear knob different steering wheel a few st badges thrown around maybe some different graphics and it just makes the car feel special but you don’t feel like they’ve spent the money in the wrong place in here the main change is these big i think they’re called the performance seats as you might be able to see behind me they’ve got they’ve got bigger shoulders than dwayne johnson they’re absolutely enormous and you get anything oh yes i’m clasped in i’ve got loads of support i can actually hold this thing around but the problem is because the mackie gt is a crossover you have to climb up into it and as a result down here the bolsters that hold your legs in are quite small so that as you climb up into the car you don’t give yourself a wedgie every time you get in and that just means that while the top of your body feels really kind of hunkered and held in the car your legs don’t they kind of slop around and you feel like you might fall off the car as it goes round a roundabout so it’s just another way that the mackie gt yes it’s the flagship yes it’s the most expensive one but does it feel ultimately that different to the standard car i don’t think it does i’ve got a theory about electric cars i’d like to share with you if you don’t mind electric cars have lost the element of surprise i mean fast electric cars that is whereas 10 years ago people still made jokes about milk floats and fundamentally thought that nothing could possibly be quicker than i don’t know something with a v8 in it i think we’ve realized now haven’t we a million youtube drag raters have proved that a tesla can take on a hellcat that a rimac can see off a lamborghini electric cars can definitely do straight line speed it’s not in doubt is it and as you’ve seen the mackie gt can do speed it will do naught to 60 with no wheel spin with no burnout needed in under four seconds it’s a funny mix really because i actually prefer the gt the fast mackie at low speed to the standard card it’s actually on these magnetic riding dampers so that means that when you fire different electrical currents through it you get different levels of stiffness and at low speed despite being on bigger wheels and more slender tyres the gt more comfortable car much better controlled ride and a quieter ride than a standard mackie makes it feel more expensive great but then as you go faster and you start to hurl yourself around oh there’s so much inertia and i mean no feel no sensation no rewards i’m sure they can do clever stuff and send more torque to the rear motor but do i really want to come out of this corner and have to catch a tail stepping out i mean no absolutely not i just think that people who make electric cars are going to have to work a lot a lot harder to convince us all in the future that you want or you need the really fast one is an abandoned petrol station a bit of an on the nose place to end the day with an electric car yeah maybe it is but come on this is the future that the electrics they promised us this one though i don’t know i mean you should lust after the hotter mustang shouldn’t you the gt350s the shelbys the king cobras those are the mustangs that become legends i don’t think this one will though i don’t think it’s very entertaining to drive in corners it’s competent but not exciting it’s not very titillating inside i just don’t think that ford like every manufacturer really has quite nailed that idea yet of how to make someone purchase the most expensive the fastest electric car what is the reason what is the motivation for going for the top model i mean don’t get me wrong this is a very very deeply troublingly fast car it’s just it’s something of a one-trick pony

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