These days, headlines coming out of Detroit are dominated by the escalating power wars between Ford's Mustang, Chevrolet's Camaro, and Dodge's Challenger and Charger. Now, a UK-based startup is throwing their hat into the ring—albeit with an electric take on one of this country's most iconic muscle cars, the first-generation Mustang that will sport a retro exterior to match its futuristic drivetrain.
Though the American manufacturers and their various factory and non-certified aftermarket tuners have achieved massive numbers with the use of bolt-on turbos and superchargers, the Charge Mustang should be able to hang with the best thanks to the instantaneous torque courtesy of electric powertrain. Specific stats include a 64kWh battery pack and a 300 kW electric motor, which should be able to produce around 885 lb-ft of torque at the crank. That kind of low-end grunt paired to either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive should equate to a 0-60 time right around three seconds.
Charge claims that their engineers have been involved in projects at McLaren Automotive, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Williams F1, so their serious performance claims could be legitimate. The new Electric Mustang has been developed in partnership with an EV company called Arrival, the world's first artificial intelligence racing platform from Roborace, and established tire manufacturer Michelin.
Only 499 of the brand-new Mustangs are slated for production, and they will be available in both Fastback and Convertible form built from officially licensed Mustang body shells. Charge boasts of custom interiors with period details, complete with modern tech that will transform the classic form into a contemporary supercar.
Of course, the original Mustangs were nothing like today's super-svelte electric cars, and even with the best technology available, aerodynamics will limit range to around 125 miles per charge. While that won't compare to the likes of the forthcoming Tesla Roadster or Porsche Taycan, neither of those cars has quite set themselves up for the legendary profile of a first-gen Mustang. Charge is currently accepting reservations, with prices starting at over $250,000 and deliveries expected to begin in September of 2019.