As ever with an EV it is the headline figures that dominate on early acquaintance but, as it happens, these are not quite as eye catching as is made out. The sub-four-second 0-62mph time is actually recorded using the US method of a rolling start with independent testing over here pegging it to a still blistering but not supercar-baiting 4.5 seconds. Likewise, Ford’s thermal management means the Mach-E GT is restricted to five seconds of maximum power and torque from its twin 290PS (213kW) electric motors before power is throttled while everything cools down. Still, no one who hasn’t just stepped out of a DBX707 is likely to complain and in everyday driving the result is wafty waves of torque on tap.
It is a shame then that the ride and handling don’t quite match up to the potential promised by a Fast Ford with 480PS (353kW) and 680Nm (634lb ft). The steering is swift and accurate and the Mustang’s torque vectoring system does help tuck the nose into an apex if you feel like having a bit of fun, but you may not often want to.
The problem, as with many current EVs, is weight. The Mach-E GT, with the long-range battery and two large electric motors weighs 2,298kg which is simply too heavy for steel springs to manage and still offer sporting responses. The result is a lot of secondary movement – the bob and pitch after exiting a corner or covering a bad patch of tarmac. The problem is exacerbated by the GT’s 20-inch wheels, lesser Mach-E models don’t suffer the poor secondary ride characteristics to anywhere near the same extent. Anything over two tonnes needs air springs if it wants any chance of offering a ride/handling compromise that allows for a bit of fun without making the passengers feel sick.