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The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is more affordable than it used to be, but it’s still a tough pill for die-hard Mustang fans. Still, the shared pony badge is easier to deal with when you consider how swift the all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT is in a sprint to 60 mph. So, does the Mach-E GT stack up against the V8-powered 2023 Ford Mustang GT?

Is the Mach-E GT faster than a Mustang GT?

Ford says the hulking 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is faster than the gas-powered Mustang GT with its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the range-topping Mach-E GT and its launch-happy eAWD will keep pace with the current king of pony car hill, the Mustang Mach 1.

A white set of 2023 Ford Mustang models, the GT and Mach-E, pose in a hangar.
Mach-E and Mustang GT | Ford

In fact, if drivers launch the Mach-E model just right, the only factory gas-powered Ford Mustangs that will definitively outrun the electric SUV are the now-discontinued S550 and S197 Shelby GT500s. Incredibly, the 10-year-old S197 GT500 will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on its way to an 11.8-second quarter mile, speeds that embarrass bleeding-edge sports cars today. 

How fast is the Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The range-topping 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition can hit 60 mph in around 3.8 seconds. As impressive as that explosive speed is, the ability to take four bewildered and surprised passengers along for stoplight-to-stoplight sprints in a 480-horsepower brute is nothing short of hilarious. 

A bright yellow 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Performance Edition shows off its fascia.
Mach-E GT Performance Edition | Ford

How fast is the Ford Mustang GT?

While the newest 2023 and 2022 Ford Mustang GTs lose 10 horsepower compared to earlier Coyote-powered models, they’re still properly quick. A new Mustang GT can hit 60 mph in around 4.0 seconds with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Times will likely suffer with the more joyous six-speed manual transmission.

However, the 470-horsepower Mustang GT will catch the Mach-E in the quarter mile. The gas-powered pony car will cross the line in around 12.6 seconds, 0.1 quicker than the heavy EV SUV. 

A 2023 Mustang shows off its GT styling.
Mustang GT | Ford

What is the fastest Mustang off the lot in 2023?

The fastest gas-powered Ford Mustang in the 2023 lineup is the Mach 1. However, drivers will have to opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission to get the most speed out of the track star. Specifically, the automatic-equipped Mach 1 will hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, per Hagerty

Moreover, while the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition might be able to keep pace with the Mach 1 in a straight line, it wouldn’t stand a chance around any twisties. The Mach 1 enjoys Shelby hand-me-downs, like the GT350’s subframe and bushings.

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