GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- On Sunday, Ford unveiled its new all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover SUV. With its emphasis on affordability and performance, the newest member of the Mustang family appears to be a pointed attempt by Ford to take on Tesla. One thing that Ford has apparently learned from Tesla is that boring electric vehicles don't sell.
The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance models will get an estimated 459 horsepower, Ford claims, from two electric motors, one powering the back wheels, the other powering the front. They should be able to go from zero to 60 miles an hour in roughly 3.5 seconds, a time similar to a Porsche 911 GTS, according to Porsche's web site. The Tesla Model 3 Performance, meanwhile, produces 450 horsepower and will share much of its engineering with the upcoming Model Y SUV.
Prices for more basic versions of the Mach-E will start at about $45,000. The most expensive version will be the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, which will start at about $60,000. Those prices are similar to Tesla's Model Y, which will range from $47,000 to $60,000.
Unlike most electric cars, the Mach-E even makes a distinctly audible sound because Ford designers explained that sound is an important part of the Mustang experience. The Mach-E doesn't make a V8 burble, though. The artificially created sound, which can be heard both inside and outside the vehicle, varies to match the Mach-E's acceleration and speed, mimicking the sound of a gas engine. The Mach-E's sound resembles an amplified electric motor whir, but with a hint of a rumble.
The Mach-E will be available next fall, Ford said. The GT Performance Edition will be available in the spring of 2021.