2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Only Slightly Slower Than Mustang 2.3L

2021 ford mustang mach e

Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

  • The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E equipped with the Extended Range battery and all-wheel drive launched to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds in Car and Driver testing.
  • That’s only 0.1 second slower than the 330-hp Mustang 2.3L High Performance with a six-speed manual, although a quicker, more powerful Mach-E GT Performance model is coming.
  • On the skidpad, the Mustang Mach-E recorded 0.85 g of lateral grip.

    Whether you’re a fan or a skeptic of Ford’s new electric Mustang crossover is immaterial. We’re here to talk numbers. So, how does the Mustang of electric SUVs perform? In our testing, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-wheel-drive Extended Range model launched to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, raced through the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 101 mph, and managed 0.85 g of grip on the skidpad.

    2021 ford mustang mach e

    Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

    The Mustang Mach-E we tested was the quickest of currently available models, equipped with an 88.0-kWh Extended Range battery pack, two permanent-magnet synchronous motors, and a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Primacy all-season tires. It reached 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, only a tenth of a second behind the Mustang 2.3L High Performance, which has a six-speed manual transmission and is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that produces 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That’s a tiny gap considering the Mach-E weighs 1215 pounds more than the 2.3L. The gasoline-powered four-cylinder Mustang reached 100 mph in 13.0 seconds. The electric Mach-E trailed that mark by 0.5 second.

    On the other end of the performance spectrum, the 760-hp Shelby GT500 blasted to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds in our testing. And the Mach-E was 0.7 second behind perhaps its closest market competitor, the Tesla Model Y Long Range, in the race to 60 mph. Ford claims the upcoming 480-hp Mach-E GT Performance will reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

    On the skidpad, the Mach-E recorded 0.85 g of lateral grip. The Tesla Model Y, also on all-season tires, achieved 0.88 g in our testing. Other SUVs that have slightly more lateral grip—all of which benefit from summer tires—include the Ford Explorer ST (0.86 g), the Bentley Bentayga (0.87 g), and the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat (0.87 g). The Mustang Shelby GT500, equipped with its standard summer tires, recorded 0.99 g.

    The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E starts at $43,995 for the rear-wheel-drive Select model with an EPA-estimated 230 miles of range. Premium models equipped with the Extended Range battery and all-wheel drive, like our test car, start at $50,800 and have 270 miles of EPA-estimated range.

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