The new battery-powered Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT is exclusive to the European market
Adding a number of zero-emission performance enhancements to the well-known crossover, the four-door Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT is on its way to Europe. Wait a second, it’s not even offered in the American market. Why so?
According to Shelby American, the decision was made as a result of fast increasing EV sales and a higher proportion of public chargers in Europe than in the United States. The kit will cost an additional €24,900 (approximately $27,483) when installed to a new Mach-E GT or retrofitted to an existing car.
“If you listen to the people, and what people want, Europeans have a much higher percentage of people that are interested in electric vehicles, purchasing electric vehicles,” said Shelby American President Gary Patterson. “I think their tax structure over there is set up in such a way that there’s a lot of advantages for people to invest in electric vehicle powertrains. There are real tax incentives and so forth. So why not go to the area of the world where the iron is most hot?”
Although the concept vehicle had a distinctive front end, the actual Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT production model maintains the original styling while using carbon fiber in place of the traditional materials for the hood, grille, front splitter, mirror caps, and lower door trim in an effort to shed some weight. Carbon components are emphasized by the stripe graphics that run down the hood and along the sides of the electric crossover.
In contrast to how the tuner usually works, Shelby has left the EV’s powertrain as is. Its dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup generates 480 hp and 675 ft lbs of torque, enabling it to accelerate to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds.
To commemorate Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthday, which would have occurred this year, only 100 Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT vehicles will be developed. The goal is for dealership deliveries to begin in July.