2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT (car review)

“So tell me, do you think it’s a Mustang?” – the question asked by a Ford representative when returning the 2024 Mach-E GT was both perfectly phrased and timed. It hit yours truly like a tonne of figurative bricks.

After two weeks testing its siblings, the Select and Premium, the GT was a completely different animal. By the time we landed in its 8-way electrically adjustable and heated front seat, our deference to the use of the Mustang nameplate on an EV had softened.

The GT badge renewed the weight of expectation, as we embarked on our week with the performance variant of the Mach-E. Step inside, and keen eyes will notice a different metal trim across the simple but handsome dashboard.

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Those aforementioned seats offer increased shoulder and thigh support, setting the scene for the extra get up and go on offer. They are covered in a combination of the same Sensatec material on the bolsters and perforated Alcantara inserts.

Around the cabin, the large 15.5-inch central touchscreen and 10.2-inch driver screen are familiar. This made setting personal preferences such as sound for the 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system intuitive. Connectivity is easy, via wireless Apple CarPlay.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

You’ll also find wireless Android Auto and a wireless charging pad to keep your device powered up. One disappointment is the steering wheel. While it maintains the chunky feel of the Select and Premium, we would’ve liked to see some differentiation on the GT.

There’s a great view through the panoramic glass roof and the utility of two charging ports. Accommodations in the rear row is a mirror to the Select and Premium, albeit with trimming to match the front seats.

Despite being able to carry five passengers and offering 402-litres of luggage space in the boot, the GT is far more focused on driving dynamics than its siblings. The most notable delineation is in the drivetrain.

Dual motors feed a 91kw/h battery pack to deliver 358kW of power and 860Nm of torque through an all-wheel drive platform. These are large, brutish numbers and you feel every one of them when driving in anger.

With peak torque available at the stab of the throttle pedal, the 245/40/20 Pirelli P-Zero’s scramble for traction as the rear suspension squats and the front aims for the stars. In perfect conditions it can catapult to 100km/h in a claimed 3.7 seconds.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

That’s no mean feat given its hefty 2,281kg kerb weight. These credentials make the Mach-E GT the fastest production Ford Mustang in history. It also comes with an extra drive mode to supplement the Whisper, Active and Untamed found in the Select and Premium.

Untamed Plus is a track-focused mode designed to improve range and performance consistency by ultimately limiting peak power. We were not able to test this out on a racetrack, so we relied on what was a very usable 490-ish kilometres of travel.

The larger wheels and soft compound rubber do just as fine a job handling lateral duties as they do straight line too, and much like the other variants, the GT can provide a comfortable ride for occupants during normal commuting.

With the addition of MagneRide dampers, it can take on a Jekyll and Hyde transformation when called upon. The dampers can adjust electronically 1000 times per second; adapting to the road surface, driver inputs and the drive mode selected.

Finding the limits is strictly a racetrack-only proposition, but on a favourite windy stretch of road we were able to get a taste. Turn-in is sharp, if not for some characteristic all-wheel-drive understeer, which can be managed with a slower entry.

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Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

It was the mid-corner speed and adjustability that really surprised us though, especially given the mass. It really does shrink around the driver and is a hoot to drive at as close to the limit as one’s licence allows.

Exit prowess is a specialty, with the front axle happily dragging the rest of the party along, with less understeer than we would have imagined. The rate at which it picks up speed between turns is a real highlight but requires focus to setup for the next bend.

That’s a challenge that this writer feels is a result of a lack of engine noise, particularly off-throttle. The same artificial sound found in other variants is available here, but is only noticeable on throttle.

Thankfully, sitting behind those attractive machined face mesh wheels are a set of two-piece, 4-piston aluminium Brembo callipers that bite on 385mm discs. They’re designed to minimise weight and provide powerful braking to slow things down.

When one eventually pulls up for a breather, there’s a moment to take in the GT’s external visuals. Our example was finished in Grabber Blue Metallic; a fittingly bright shade that reminded us of the similar “True Blue” made famous on 60’s GT-HO Falcon.

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inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

It really looks the part and is the pick for this variant. If you don’t agree, there’s six other options to choose from. The Mach-E GT’s aggressive profile starts with a deeper bumper facia up front, complete with brake cooling vents.

A carbon-ish look grille and splitter round things out. These are complemented down the flanks by colour coded wheel arch mouldings and side skirts, which lead to gloss black under-bumper aero treatments and a GT badge on the rear tailgate.

Safety is well sorted with everything from BSM, pre-collision assist and AEB, to reverse brake assist, lane keep assist and evasive steer assist. The combination makes for a welcome safety net given the ferocity of forward propulsion on hand.

The entry cost to the GT club is $104,990 plus on-road costs, putting it at the upper end of the price scale competitively. Its nearest rival, the Tesla Model Y, is nothing like it in this writer’s humble opinion.

It also comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and a battery specific warranty extending to 8-years or 160,000km. Ford has legitimately created an electric vehicle with Mustang DNA.

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Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Put simply, it’s great fun to drive, in a straight line, through bends, or just pottering around. Looks are subjective, but this writer appreciates the more traditional visual design cues that the Mach-E possesses against competitors.

The answer to the question from the start of this story is yes, the Mustang Mach-E GT IS deserving of the name. It’s just, different. To find out more, visit the Ford Australia website or chat to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Ford Australia for review purposes. Pictures courtesy of Andrew E Hempsall.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
9
Exterior styling
8.5
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7.5

SUMMARY

Pros - fast; offers handling prowess despite weight; aggressive good looks.
Cons - interior feels like lesser siblings; no home charging cable; some hard scratchy plastics.
Kalen Ziflian
Kalen Ziflian
A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Kalen has a passion for anything with wheels and a motor. His passion lies in collectible Japanese performance vehicles but he’s been known to enjoy off-roading touring and camping across Australia.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> fast; offers handling prowess despite weight; aggressive good looks.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> interior feels like lesser siblings; no home charging cable; some hard scratchy plastics.2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT (car review)