Can the Ford Mustang GTD Take on the Supercars of the World?
The Ford Mustang Dark Horse symbolized the latest addition to the performance-oriented pinnacles of the beloved nameplate. That is, until Ford unveiled the wildest of its Mustangs: the GTD. The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD doesn’t have Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LEs in its sights. No, the GTD has bona fide supercars on its menu. So, will the GTD be up to its substantial task?
Ford has high hopes for the 2025 Mustang GTD
The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is a lot. Let me explain. For starters, it’s the most expensive Mustang ever. And not by a narrow margin, either. It’s likely the GTD will cost around $300,000, around $172,105 more than the 2022 Shelby GT500KR cost when new. Further, it’ll be the most powerful road-going ‘Stang ever, targeting 800 horsepower with its purpose-built supercharged 5.2L V8.
How little the upcoming 2025 Ford Mustang GTD has in common with current production Mustangs is even wilder than its estimated starting price and power figures. For instance, the GTD shifts via a dual-clutch transaxle unit and eight speeds, quite the departure from the Getrag six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic gearbox in the current Mustang GT.
According to the Blue Oval’s media team, the GTD has a sub-seven-minute lap of the storied Nürburgring on its to-do list. That’s hallowed ground. To give you an idea of what a sub-7:00.00 lap looks like, the Porsche 918 Spyder, a seven-figure hybrid hypercar, managed to cross the finish line in 6:57.00, per Porsche Media.
In fact, a sub-seven-minute run of the famed “Green Hell” hasn’t been in the cards for any American production car. It should be said that the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR came close. Specifically, the MkV Viper ACR finished its lap in 7:01.3. What’s more, Ford is overdue for a place on the list of the fastest American cars around the ‘Ring. The top spots are occupied almost exclusively by Dodge Vipers, Chevrolet Corvettes, and the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.
However, Ford wants the new Mustang GTD to break that seven-minute threshold to go toe-to-toe with the fastest supercars and hypercars. Frankly, if the GTD and its aerodynamic body are up to the task, the magic Mustang might be a star-spangled rival for some of the quickest cars on the market.