The first Mach-E delivery took place yesterday, according to macheclub.com. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in Dallas, Texas was the dealership, and the vehicle was a California Route 1 Mach-E in white.
Alongside the Mach-E was a Wimbledon white ’65 Mustang convertible, and a 2015 California Special GT, all belonging to Stephen Engro. As noted previously on thetruthaboutcars.com, calling the Mach-E a Mustang is quite a stretch. For in this author’s view, as the owner of a 1970 Sportback and a 2016 GT, both of those were Mustangs, and the Mach-E is not. A Ford EV with certain Mustang styling cues doesn’t make it a Mustang, at least not in the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of owners over the brand’s lifespan.
Perhaps when the Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition become available late next summer the 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque of the Performance Edition will change my mind, but in all honesty, it’s the visceral experience associated with Mustang ownership. Whether carbureted or fuel injected, gas-powered Mustangs have a certain sound, a feeling that isn’t easily translated to the newest interpretation of a revered brand.
Among the Mach-E GT Performance Edition’s other accouterments are 19-inch front brakes with red-painted Brembo calipers, 20-inch machined-face Ebony Black-painted wheels paired with 245/45R20 Pirelli summer tires, and MagneRide damping to help improve handling.
Inside, Ford Performance-sculpted front seats with Performance Gray ActiveX material featuring metallic stitching and unique Miko-perforated reflective inserts sound more like the latest Nike shoe drop. An instrument panel enhanced by an aluminum appliqué, and a Performance Edition GT badge on its rear are attempts to make the Performance Edition more of a performer and less of a garden-variety EV.
Will signature Mustang colors like 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 will make the Mach-E GT and the GT Performance Edition more Mustang-like? You be the judge.
[Images: macheclub.com, Ford]