The Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally Looks Tailor-Made for Sideways Gravel Action
Electric vehicle platforms and simple powertrain components make it easy for automakers to customize and modify a model’s performance characteristics without re-engineering significant portions of their architecture. That has ushered in a new era of speed, as companies have figured out that slapping more powerful electric motors and upgraded suspension components onto existing models is an excellent way to squeeze more revenue out of each design. Ford did it with the Mustang Mach-E GT, and now The Blue Oval has another beefed-up variant on the way.
The Mustang Mach-E Rally builds on the GT trim, bringing a twin-motor powertrain, making 480 horsepower and 650 pounds of torque. It gets MagneRide suspension and a 20mm (around 0.8 inches), along with massive 15-plus-inch front rotors with Brembo calipers. Ford equips white 19-inch classic rally-look wheels wrapped in Michelin CrossClimate2 tires that offer more sidewall for better grip on loose surfaces. More rubber also helps soak up impacts while bouncing around on the trail.
Beyond its lifted stance, the Rally gets several exclusive styling elements that set it apart from the Mach-E GT. Ford offers four no-cost colors: Grabber Blue, Shadow Black, Eruption Green, and Grabber Yellow. Two optional colors are available: Star White and Glacier Gray, and all Mach-E Rally models come standard with two racing stripes.
Black plastic cladding protects the lower body, and the Rally gets a unique grille design with inset fog lights. The SUV comes standard with protective film and underbody shielding to protect the motors. Ford also includes an easy-access front recovery point “should off-highway adventures get a little too spicy.” The Rally’s interior is similar to the GT and standard Mach-E, but it gets gloss white accents and performance seats with raised “Mach-E Rally” logos printed on the front buckets.
We don’t have an exact price or release date yet but expect the Mach-E Rally to start in the mid-$60,000 range. The SUV is scheduled for release early next year, though it will likely be challenging to get ahold of one for a while after its debut.
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