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When Ford announced the seventh-generation pony car, Mustang fans were vehemently disappointed in the lack of a supercharged, asphalt-cracking 2024 Shelby variant. However, enthusiasts can now take a beat and enjoy the latest addition to the Mustang lineup above the incipient Dark Horse: the 2025 Ford Mustang GTD. However, with the GTD’s monstrously expensive, complicated presentation, is it truly a Mustang? Further, is the high-dollar, track-ready Mustang GTD race car a worthy competitor for the rarified air of Porsche 911 GT2 RS circles, or is it an unnecessary addition to the S650 lineup?

Is Ford making a mid-engine Mustang?

Striking? Yes. But midengine? No, the new 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is not a mid-engine car– in the traditional sense. However, Ford Performance says the new model’s dual-clutch transaxle, carbon fiber driveshaft, and engine placement give the GTD near 50/50 weight distribution. 

And it’s a lightweight package to start with; it employs carbon fiber paneling for weight savings. Better yet, some of the GTD’s metrics are a first for the nameplate. The supercharged 5.2L V8’s 800 horsepower target will make it the most powerful production car in the model’s history. Furthermore, the model’s suspension is a purpose-developed setup for the GTD, featuring a variable, semi-active system that can adjust ride height and spring rates.

Still, even with the most track-ready kit in the Mustang’s long history, the GTD is a perplexing addition to the Mustang lineup. Its price point puts it well outside of competition with other road-going track toys, like the blisteringly fast Chevrolet Corvette Z06. What’s more, the builder behind the GTD, Multimatic, already created a high-dollar supercar for Ford, the GT. It begs the question, is it necessary? Or is the GTD an unobtainable bragging right for Mustang fans to win barroom debates? It sure seems so at a glance.

What is a Mustang GTD?

The Ford Mustang GTD derives its name from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTD class, which includes manufacturers’ vehicles adhering to the FIA GT3 specifications. As a result, the new Mustang GTD will share the track with noteworthy track stars like the Porsche 911 GT3 R and Mercedes-AMG GT3. 

Ford President and CEO Jim Farley asserts that the GTD is an all-new chapter in the story of performance-oriented Mustangs. “This is a new approach for us,” Farley said about the new Mustang. “We didn’t engineer a road car for the track, we created a race car for the road. Mustang GTD takes racing technology from our Mustang GT3 race car, wraps it in a carbon fiber Mustang body and unleashes it for the street.”

Is the Ford Mustang GTD street-legal?

Front 3/4 of the $300,000 limited edition Ford Mustang GTD
Ford Mustang GTD | Ford

The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is a street-legal performance car, despite its track width, semi-active suspension system, and advanced aero. However, the GTD will be ready to tackle IMSA racing from the start.

Moreover, Ford claims the new GTD’s target for the famed Nürburgring is a sub-seven minute lap. Should the Mustang achieve its goal, it will be one of the fastest American cars to lap the “Green Hell.”

How much will a 2025 Ford Mustang GTD cost?

The multi-link rear suspension assembly found in the 2024 Mustang GTD has active cooling, which is likely why folks thought a mid engine Mustang was coming
2024 Mustang GTD rear suspension | Ford

Ford Performance says the 2025 Mustang GTD will likely start at around $300,000. That price establishes the GTD as the most expensive Mustang ever by some margin. 

What do you think about the new Mustang performance benchmark? Extraordinary evolution in the pony car’s legacy, or unnecessary installation in the lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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