Remember that contentiously-named Ford ‘Mustang Mach E’ which was officially christened this week? It’s effectively been revealed in full several days before you’re supposed to see it. By Ford.
Ford’s dedicated site for reserving the car went live early, and although the page was hidden, a Mach E forum member was able to access it after playing around with different URLs. The website shows the car from all angles, and even more awkwardly, some key details. It’s now been taken down, but not before screen grabs were taken and picked up by the world’s motoring media.
The page shows that the Mach E will be available in five flavours in the USA, starting with the ‘Select’ for $43,895. It can be specced in either all or rear-wheel drive forms, is estimated to have an EPA-rated range of 230 miles, and can do 0-62mph in the mid-five-second range when specced with AWD.
The $50,600 Premium Mach E has the same targeted 0-60mph time, but it’ll be able to do it whether you opt for all-wheel drive or not. It comes on 19-inch wheels compared to the Select’s 18s and has an EPA estimated range of 300 miles.
The California Route 1 will set you back $52,400, sits on 18-inch wheels, and has an estimated range of 300 miles. Intended to be the long-distance cruiser of the bunch (hence the name), it’s slower than the Select and the Premium with a mid-six-second 0-60mph time.
There’s a First Edition coming in at $59,900 with a range of 270 miles and similar straight-line performance to the Select and Premium, and finally, a $60,500 GT. Yep, Ford has gone there. It’s comfortably quicker than the V8-powered ‘proper’ Mustang GT with a mid-three-second 0-60, but it has the lowest range of the quintet at 235 miles. These final two are only available with all-wheel drive.
So the Mach E certainly has the right kind of go to live up to the Mustang name, and there are more styling cues to the Pony Car than expected. But does that just make the whole thing seem all the more cynical? We’ll let you thrash that one out in the comments.