If you wanted to get a new Tesla, maybe consider this electric Mustang instead.
Okay, so it’s not a REAL Mustang. That is, no classic Mustangs were dissected and then had their V8 engines replaced by batteries and electric motors. Instead, a brand new electric chassis is given a replica body shell that just looks like a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback, albeit with a somewhat enlarged grille for the electric powertrains increased cooling requirements.
It’s called the Charge Mustang, and while it has Ford’s approval, it’s not actually built by Ford. It’s built by Charge, a British boutique carmaker that so far just makes these electric Mustang replicas.
Only the skin of the car is a replica, however. Underneath, this Mustang is entirely modern with an all-electric powertrain and 12-inch tablet that will put the Tesla Model 3’s to shame.
Instead of a gas-powered V8, this Mustang has four electric motors placed at each wheel for a combined 536 hp and 885 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to being electric, it has torque vectoring and can swap between all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive at the swipe of your index finger.
A 64 kWh battery pack provides a theoretical range of 200 miles, with zero to sixty taking under 4 seconds. Top speed is 149 mph, which is likely both limited and to reduce that 200-mile range if one were to run along the Autobahn at max velocity.
The aforementioned 12-inch touchscreen controls the bulk of the car’s system, including traction control, ride height, suspension response, and even seems to replace the shifter to put the car into drive. Big yellow brake calipers and Michelin tires complete the ensemble.
Exactly 499 of these Mustangs will be built and sold for roughly $380,000 each. Best of all, some of these will even turn out to be convertibles.
The first Charge Mustang will debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Look for it parked at the Michelin Supercar Paddock.