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It is about jumping to the front of the package when the stop light turns green.

Oh, and competing with Tesla Model Y and Wall Street darling Elon Musk.

The all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition “targets” 0-60 km / h in 3.5 seconds, the company announced on Tuesday. The figure is “calculated via peak performance of the electric motor (s) at maximum battery power,” said the automaker.

It is unusual for a car manufacturer to market performance figures based on simulations.

The Mach-E GT Performance Edition will generate 480 horsepower and 634 pounds of torque. Ford says it is also aiming for an estimate of 235 miles.

“We have already pushed the envelope by making an electric vehicle with the pony brand, so it is only natural that we push it further,” said Darren Palmer, Ford’s global director of battery electric cars, in a press release. “The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition not only gives you the extra performance you expect from the GT name, but highlights the excitement of the response to an all-electric drive.”

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Is the speed really necessary? Yes. Yes, it is.

“Elon Musk has made almost a game and certainly a reputation for his cars’ excellent performance, among other things. Mach-E is of course a direct competitor to the Model Y. If Ford is to compete, they must have range, style, advanced technology and acceleration figures to stand up to what Elon is showing, “said Karl Brauer, chief analyst at iSeeCars.com, a car entry and data site.

“It’s a joke that says horsepower is what you read about, and torque is what you feel,” Brauer said. “When you feel the neck muscles stretch to keep your head level and not pull back, you are fighting torque – not horsepower.”

An electric motor has an advantage over the internal combustion engine because it can reach maximum torque immediately instead of a gradual crescendo.

In the fast-growing electric vehicle area (EV), Tesla continues to dominate. The California-based anti-union automaker has set a bar among consumers for vision and excellence. No matter which company tries to compete with Tesla, no one has a cachet that the billionaire from South Africa has established.

“The questions are, ‘Will Mach-E finally break the not-so-glorious tradition of not having a successful, non-Tesla EV?’ It has the best shot of any EV yet, “said Brauer. “The reasons are basically because it offers almost exactly the same package as a Model Y – space, style, size, range and now performance. The Mach-E GT performs very well on a technical level.”

Ford wants to sustain consumers, especially in California, who want to buy from a company that supports strict air quality standards and employs the most hourly workers in the US automotive industry after 117 years.

“The Mustang is one of the most famous type plates in car history,” said Brauer. “Ford has checked all the boxes that need to be checked, and a couple of other boxes that no other electric vehicle offers.”

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The 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT starts at an estimated $ 60,500 in the United States. Prices for the Performance Edition package will be available this spring.

The company said that the sporty SUV has:

  • 19-inch front brakes with red-painted Brembo calipers
  • 20-inch machined face Ebony Black “painted pockets” in the wheels, which are equipped with 245 / 45R20 Pirelli summer tires
  • MagneRide suspension that helps improve handling performance

Both the Mustang Mach-E GT and the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will be available in Cyber ​​Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Grabber Blue Metallic, Shadow Black, Iconic silver metallic and Space White metallic.

The company accepts Mustang Mach-E GT reservations online now. Customers who have already reserved the Mustang Mach-E GT will have the opportunity to add the Performance Edition package when ordering in the spring.

Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition will be available next summer.

The first Mach-Es will soon be delivered to customers.

All Mustang Mach-E cars are built at a Ford plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico.

Free Press staff writer Mark Phelan contributed to this story. Contact Phoebe Wall Howard at 3 p.m.13-222-6512or phoward@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @phoebesaid. read more about Ford and sign up for our autos newsletter.

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