2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition Review: The One to Get

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is the sportiest Mach-E yet. Ford Motor Company

It's not the most fuel efficient or cheapest Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle (EV) to come to market, but its performance, handing, and MangeRide damping suspension make the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition the Mach-E to get.

The car's all-electric powertrain puts out 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque, a tremendous but not unmanageable amount. The car moves from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Once a driver tips the accelerator, the car isn't prone to shooting off but rather has been programmed for easy city driving that allows full use of the power when wanted and needed rather than going full bore all the time.

With 260 miles of all-electric range, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition does only slightly worse than its Mach-E GT little brother.

It wears Pirelli summer tires wrapped around 20-inch machined-face Ebony Black-painted pockets wheels. The Pirellis grip the road with ease, and gives drivers the ability to push the car through tight corners as much as its steering capabilities allow.

Nineteen-inch front brakes with red-painted Brembo calipers provide ample stopping power.

The real star of the show is the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition's MagneRide suspension. MagneRide technology allows for dampers filled with magnetorheological fluid to lessen the harshness of bumps, potholes, and other imperfections using magnet particles within the fluid.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
The car is a battery electric vehicle that requires regular charging to operate. Ford Motor Company

If you've driven other versions of the Mach-E, you may think that the car does a decent job over bumps in the road. However, once you go MagneRide, you'll never want to go back.

The performance of the car on the notoriously twisty Lucas Valley Road north of San Francisco was a reminder that not only is the Mach-E GT Performance Edition a formidable crossover, but that driving an EV can indeed be fun.

Blue Cruise, Ford's new General Motors Super Cruise driver assist technology competitor, had the tough task of navigating the curvy 101 highway from Sausalito to San Rafael, California and wasn't precise enough to make that bit of the drive experience enjoyable. While throttling and braking was generally fine, the tech seemed to have a hard time keeping between the lines on the bluebird day.

Everything else about the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance is rather status quo. Its large infotainment screen is perfectly fine. The seats could stand a comfort upgrade though the model offers plenty of passenger space. There's a good amount of cargo area, and fit and finish is quite good.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition features the same interior as what you'll find on most Mustang Mach-E models. Ford Motor Company

Ford reports that more than half of their orders for the Mustang Mach-E GT are the Performance Edition. That's no surprise. The ride quality enhancement alone is worth the upgrade.

Ford prices the GT Performance Edition at $64,900 in the U.S. Given where EV prices are today, that seems wholly reasonable. Still, it's lacking the refinement and comfort that you'll find in other higher-priced EVs like the Volvo C40. The tradeoff there its quickness, though the half- or one-second difference in zero to 60 mph compared to more luxe EVs is likely to be unnoticeable to the vast majority of customers.