The Ford Mustang Mach-E has been an interesting extension of this much-beloved moniker but this new Rally version takes it a step further as it’s meant to gallop across dirt roads. As the name suggests, this is a jacked-up Mach-E GT along with a healthy dose of aggression being dialled with a rally car vibe that we wholeheartedly endorse.
Besides the colourful exterior, the Mach-E Rally isn’t just a sticker job as it has a 20mm raised suspension courtesy of specialty tuned springs and MagneRide shocks. Stopping power has also been spruced up with 385mm front brake rotors with red-painted Brembo-branded callipers.
Those aforementioned brakes would come in handy as the Rally has a tuned GT powertrain which includes a dual-motor layout with 480 ponnies.
A targeted 250-mile range also means that you will not get stuck while channelling your inner Colin McRae on dirt tracks. This electric vehicle has a 91-kWh usable capacity and Ford estimates that it will charge from 10 to 80% in 36.5 minutes on a DC Fast Charger.
New to the Mach-E Rally is a ‘RallySport’ Drive Mode from Ford which is designed for bigger slides plus a tuned throttle response while the damping has been modified to be more aggressive for sharper handling across muddy corners. Crucial to any performance car is of course, its tyres and here, the Rally wears 235/55 R19 Michelin CrossClimate2 tyres which have a larger sidewall and more surface grip in comparison to a GT.
In our books, the rally-infused styling is also a big win and special mention must go to this gloss white 19-inch rally-style alloy wheels inspired by Ford’s rally past. More rally bits include contrasting accents along with new fog lights plus a different front splitter and a black painted steel roof.
While this ‘Grabber Yellow’ paint scheme isn’t subtle, the twin stripes match it perfectly but fret not as you’ll be able to get more sombre shades including Grabber Blue, Shadow Black and Eruption Green.
Inside, we were half expecting a roll cage and a faux rally-style gear lever but it is the usual GT cabin design with some white accents on the dash and different performance seats with “Mach-E Rally” embossed on them.
“Mustang Mach-E Rally puts Ford’s decades of passion for rally championships around the world right in the hands of our customers. It takes Mustang where it has not been before – to gravel and dirt roads. Inspired by true driving enthusiasts, a driving experience like never before for the pure joy of driving.” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO.
Expect prices to breach the $100,000 barrier although do not hold your breath in terms of the Mach-E Rally lurking around at your nearest Ford showroom as its Australia launch is still unclear since the Mustang Mach-E in its standard guise has only just landed on Australian shores.
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