GT adds zip to Mustang Mach-e

The Ford Mustang Mach-e GT all-electric four-door hatchback. (Bud Wells photos)

The GT version of the Ford Mustang Mach-e all-electric SUV hatchback, more advanced than the basic model I drove 14 months ago, came my way in February.

“Acceleration is absolutely amazing,” I’ve said over and over since ending my weeklong drive in the new all-wheel-drive model.

So quick, so quiet. In kickdown mode, I miss the sound of the engine revving, as it would in an auto powered by an internal-combustion engine. Ford, anticipating some fallout from the quietness, allows the Mach-e operator to engage augmented engine noise by pumping artificial exhaust notes into the Mustang’s cabin.

It performs with two electric motors, one for each axle, an 88kWh lithium ion battery pack and a one-speed automatic transmission. Combined horsepower is 458, with torque of 612 lb.-ft.

The Mach-e GT handled well and tracked perfectly after a 4-inch snowfall Thursday morning of last week on a drive to Eaton, where we attended funeral services for a friend, Les Brumley, 88, at the Evangelical Free Church. Jan and daughter Kim Parker rode with me. By the time we returned home, we’d driven 38 miles and used 52 miles off the range of the battery pack. Temperature of 25 degrees on the drive out there probably stole some of the lost miles.

In that first Mustang electric in late December 2020, we also drove to the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, that time for the funeral of Keith Brumley, a son of Les. Keith, who helped plan a couple flooring projects in our home, died unexpectedly. Naomi, Keith’s mother and Les’ wife, survives.

A recharging of the battery pack in the Mach-e GT.

Saturday morning, needing a recharge of the GT’s battery pack, we failed to connect on three tries at an EVgo station in Greeley, then drove to Greeley Nissan, where sales consultant Brenden Broyles connected the Ford to the dealership’s charger. During an hour’s wait to bring the range of the battery to almost 80 percent (170) miles, I enjoyed a visit with Chad Shoeman, general manager for the store. He is looking forward to arrival of a new Nissan electric, the Ariya.

I then drove the Mach-e to Loveland, on into the Big Thompson Canyon to Drake, over the Devil’s Gulch Road to Estes Park. The return drive down Big Thompson Canyon, aided by the rather steep descent and regenerative braking, added 18 miles to the range.

Near the end of my drive time, a gauge of “where did my energy go,” showed this percentage breakdown for the battery pack: Climate/heater 8%, driving 83%, accessories/audio 4%, external temperature 5%.

BlueCruise, part of an updated Co-Pilot 360 safety system featured on the GT, handles steering, braking and acceleration for the driver. It also makes possible hands-free driving, which I used on a number of curves of varied sharpness

With the added power, range and features, the Mach-e GT carried sticker price of $63,885, while the earlier one was $51,200. Purchasers are eligible for a federal tax credit up to $7,500. My effective range with the Mach-e GT was mostly in the 210 to 215 miles, lowered some by the extreme cold