Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally Takes GT Performance Off TarmacSeptember 12, 2023
The Ford Mustang Mach-E, one of the Blue Oval’s premiere electric vehicles, already pushed the envelope for the Mustang moniker. But even with “sport utility vehicle” added to the resume, either model’s home has always been the pavement.
That is, until they unveiled the Mustang Mach-E Rally. This is not a concept package or a one-off unit– the Mach-E Rally is a very real model consumers will be able to buy in the near future; and as the name suggests, it’s all about dirt trails and loose gravel.
But “Rally” in this case doesn’t just imply off-roading, it denotes high-speed off-roading, to which the Mach-E should have no issue accomplishing. This configuration, naturally, borrows the souped-up powertrain of the Mach-E GT, tuned here for at least 480 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque delivered by a two-motor layout. The 91 kWh battery is estimated at 250 miles of range, charging 10-80 percent in just over 36 minutes.
That’s all good to hear, though rally stage performance hinges on the vitality of a car’s suspension and handling as much as its power and delivery. In this case, Ford equipped the Mach-E Rally with a unique suspension system, raised 20 millimeters (.79 inches) and supported by specially tuned springs and MagneRide shocks. The 19-inch rally style wheels not only look the part, but come wrapped by 235/55 R19 Michelin CrossClimate 2 tires. This choice in rubber provides more sidewall and loose surface grip over the tires used on the GT, though we’d recommend opting for the available mudflaps if you really plan on taking this thing where it’s been bred to gallop.
Cheesy puns aside, they’ve outfitted Brembo brakes to pull back the reins (okay, now we’re done), and Ford’s first-ever “RallySport” drive mode to kick things up a notch. It’s programmed specifically for off-road hijinks, permissing the Mach to lean into its yaw for bigger slides, a linear throttle response, and aggressive damping. Ford says this drive mode, combined with the aforementioned tires, also aids in winter driving. Considering Ford tested the Mach-E Rally on a newly-built rally course at their Michigan Proving Grounds, we’re inclined to believe them that this thing is the real deal.
As expected, additional underbody shielding, protective film on the door cladding and unique fender arches. Further diving into the look, the Mach-E Rally is garnished by a Focus RS-inspired rear wing, plus a variety of unique trimmings and accents. For example, two racing stripes applied on all models, contrasting whichever lacquer you choose: Grabber Yellow, Grabber Blue, Shadow Black, Eruption Green, Star White or Glacier Gray. And if you come in a little too hot, there’s a recovery point built into the front, and Ford was kind enough to include a tow hook.
The interior is accented by more white, tying back into the wheels. This means bits on the dash, steering wheel and doors a la contrast stitching. Gloss white seatbacks and the “Mach-E Rally” debossing take it one step farther– though, after a day of playing in the dirt you might be a little hesitant to climb back in, tracking the elements into an otherwise sterile cabin.
No official pricing yet, but Ford is estimating an MSRP of about $65,000, available for purchase early 2024 and delivered soon after.