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The Ford Mustang doesn’t get enough credit as a grand tourer (GT). A usable trunk, comfortable cabin, rear seats, powerful front-mounted engine, and rear-wheel drive is a classic recipe for a mile-munching GT car. However, if you want a more prestigious badge on your GT car, plenty of options exist for the luxury-focused traveler.

If you want a luxury grand tourer without spending a lot more than you would on a new Ford Mustang, these GT cars have you covered

Aston Martins. Big, powerful Jaguars. These are the names we associate with grand tourers. However, the Ford Mustang has GT car credentials you might not have considered. Still, for many luxury car fanatics, a Mustang badge simply won’t do. If that’s your case, you could consider one of these used grand tourers.

  • F32 BMW 4 Series
  • B8 Audi S5
  • X150 Jaguar XK
  • Maserati GranTurismo

The F32-generation BMW 4 Series is the model’s coupe offering, a solid alternative to a Ford Mustang. Sure, a 300-horsepower 3.0L inline six-cylinder N55 mill in the 435i trim seems anemic compared to the Mustang GT’s 480-horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8. However, with a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph, the 435i xDrive is quick enough to delight without maintaining its refinement. Better yet, a 2015 BMW 435i xDrive has an average KBB value of around $17,000, making it an affordable Mustang alternative. 

A pre-2012 B8 Audi S5 packs a sonorous naturally aspirated 4.2L FSI V8. So if it is a throaty V8 you’re after, the S5 is a tenured eight-cylinder Mustang alternative. Furthermore, you can snag a B8-generation S5 and its 354-horsepower V8 for well under $15,000.

A Jaguar XK from the X150 generation shows off its GT car fascia.
An X150 Jaguar XK | National Motor Museum, Heritage Images via Getty Images

The X150-generation Jaguar XK is perhaps the best opulent alternative to a Ford Mustang. A 4.2L V8 under the hood, a supercharged option, and looks that could kill. Unfortunately, however, you won’t be able to get one with a manual transmission. Still, the post-facelift models offered 5.0L mills, not unlike the S550 and S650 Mustang GT.

If you have courage in your repertoire, you can risk acquiring a first-generation Maserati GranTurismo. Better yet, you can get one with the iconic trident badge on the steering wheel and a 454-horsepower V8 for less than a new Ford Mustang GT. Just be ready to pay for maintenance.