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8 October 2019

Retro Mustang gets electrified

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

As much as some people don’t like it (myself included), electric cars are growing in popularity and will one day make the combustion engine redundant.

It’s not just new cars that are ditching the fossil fuels either - some classics are being electrified, such as the Jaguar E-Type Zero revealed at the 2017 Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest.

Now 499 Ford Mustangs are receiving a similar treatment.

Known as the Charge Mustang, the exterior keeps that iconic muscle car look that everyone loves, while underneath the shell is a completely different story.

  • If Gone in 60 Seconds was to ever get another remake, this would play the role of Eleanor. If Gone in 60 Seconds was to ever get another remake, this would play the role of Eleanor.
  • "It's a goddamn shame putting bullsh*t like that on a classic". "It's a goddamn shame putting bullsh*t like that on a classic".
  • Where are the eight cylinders? Where are the eight cylinders?

No gas-guzzling V8s here, instead there's a 64kWh battery pack sending power to four motors - one at each corner of the car.

Total outputs are rated at 350kW/1200Nm with the 'Stang being able to launch from 0-97km/h in 3.99 seconds, while the range is 322km (200 miles).

Inside, there's a digital dashboard along with a centre-mounted portrait touchscreen, clearly inspired by what’s used in the Tesla Model S and X.

The company behind this juiced-up pony is Charge Automotive, a British business that has engineers who have formerly worked with the likes of McLaren, Jaguar and F1 teams.

Pricing isn't cheap, starting at £300,000 (AUD $548,000) you could easily buy multiple pre-1970s Mustangs and still have change left over.