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BMW M4 Competition or Ford Mustang Mach-E GT?


Superficially, the 2022 BMW M4 Competition and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT don’t seem to have much in common. One is a gasoline-powered German coupe that costs $ 95,345 (and starts at $ 75,695) and the other is an American electric crossover that costs $ 69,800 (from $ 61,095). The EPA rates the BMW at 18 MPG combined and the Ford at 82 MPGe. Open the hood of the BMW and you’re faced with a 503-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six crowned with struts. Do the same with the Mach-E and you will find a roomy frunk capable of carrying a lot of shrimp.

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But the Mustang has an engine on the front axle, as well as another in the rear that combine to produce 480 horsepower. So we have a few performance all-wheel drive cars that produce around 500 horsepower. Looks like they might be that quick too?

We didn’t test the M4 Competition, but the rear-wheel-drive manual M4 hit 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds. a little outside of that. We recently tested the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, which adds 34 lb-ft of torque (for a total of 634 lb-ft). Ford claimed a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, but our tests came up with a time of 3.7 seconds. So what would you prefer to have?

The BMW is clearly the finest thing, especially dipped in Isle of Man Green paint with a Kyalami orange leather interior. Its roof is carbon fiber, as are the shells of the $ 3,800 million carbon bucket seats. The full-color head-up display appears to fill half of the windshield. Every detail is carefully thought out, from the red M buttons on the steering wheel to the fabric straps that you pull to slide the front seats forward. It is aimed at an audience accustomed to a certain level of frictionless precision in life. To which you might say, “Yeah, for almost a hundred thousand dollars, I hope that’s nice.” Well it is.

The Mach-E, despite its electric powertrain, belongs to the tradition of American muscle cars. That is, the top-performing version of something like a Camaro, Challenger, or Mustang might cost twice as much as the entry-level model, but it will have essentially the same interior. The GT Performance Edition has Ford Performance front seats, but for the most part the interior looks like any other Mach-E, dominated by a central 15.5-inch touchscreen. The fabric across the dash is nice, but Ford obviously spent its budget in places other than the interior.

bmw m4 comp carbon fiber seat
It looks expensive. And is.

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On BlueCruise, for example. And the MagneRide shocks that deliver a glassy ride with excellent body control. And an 88 kWh battery that delivers a claimed 260 mile range (we got 220 miles in our actual highway test at 75 mph). If the interior looks like it belongs to a car that costs $ 25,000 less than the M4, that’s because it is.

bmw m4 2022 interior

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2021 mustang mach e interior

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On the road, it’s no surprise that the BMW is more engaging. Pistons pump, gears change, exhaust gas slams into all four pipes. Despite the all-wheel drive, you never really notice that the front end is contributing to it. It feels like there’s endless traction as the turbo six rips through the gears. The Mach-E, on the other hand, almost looks like an old turbo Saab out of the line. Even with all-wheel drive, 634 pound-feet of torque is a lot to handle, and the Mustang generates wheel slip and associated steering torque up front. It could use a limited slip differential up front or a second motor. But this piece of drama is actually a welcome and unintentional dose of character. There might not be a gear change, but you still have to be careful, especially when it’s wet. A good dose of throttle could send the Mach-E towards the nearest ditch, in true Mustang tradition.

ford mustang mach e 2021 and bmw m4 competition 2022 parked nose to nose

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Offline, the Mustang feels like it has the edge. In the corners, the Mach-E will be set on fire, but that could be said of almost any crossover against an M4 competition. Your consolation is four doors, a roomy rear bench and a panoramic roof, a counterpoint to the usable but cramped rear bucket of the M4. The M4 is a straightforward sports coupe born out of a long tradition. The Mach-E is a new type of family car that just happens to be able to crush you so hard in the seat that you would have to wait 30 minutes after eating before applying full throttle.

It is a difficult decision. I used to own an E36 M3, and the M4 fires all the same synapses but with more than twice the power. Mach-E is new, alien. He is incapable of generating nostalgia. But that’s also what I like about him. That’s a clean break, 634 pound-feet of torque telling your inner ear that this EV thing is going to work fine. So I’m going to be looking forward rather than backward on this one, with price playing a role in my choice. Give me the Mach-E. With the money left over, you could buy a really nice E36.

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