Epic Ford Mustang GTD Arrives in New York Turning More Ankles Than Jalen Brunson

Ford Mustang GTD on display at 2024 NY Auto Show 10 photos
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The GTD, unveiled in August of 2023, might just be the most insane-looking Mustang ever made. It’s basically a GT3 race car for the road, powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 with a target output of more than 800 horsepower. This thing is one of the hottest cars currently on display at the 2024 New York Auto Show.
Just look at it – tell me you’re walking past this thing without stopping on a dime like you’re on the hardwood at Madison Square Garden. You’re going to admire it, no matter what, because it’s the first Mustang ever that looks as though a muscle car just had a baby with a GT3 car in Cyberpunk 2077.

Pricing for this thing is expected to start around the $300,000 mark, and Ford will only be producing a limited number, around 1,000 units reportedly. Thankfully, these will become available later this year or in early 2025, meaning we won’t have to wait much longer before seeing them in person.

Until then, the best you can do is visit the NY International Auto Show at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan and take some pictures of the Mustang GTD for your personal collection.

So, what do we really know about the GTD? Well, it’s got a dry-sump version of the previous Shelby GT500 engine, but instead of 760 horsepower, this thing is going to pack 800 or more horsepower, according to the Blue Oval. Another target for the Mustang GTD is a sub-7-minute Nürburgring time. That’s right, this “muscle car” was designed to take on the very best European sports cars and win (on their turf, no less).

“Mustang GTD shatters every preconceived notion of a supercar,” said company president and CEO, Jim Farley, during last year’s presentation. “This is a new approach for us. We didn’t engineer a road car for the track, we created a race car for the road.”

Those are some mighty fine words to use in a sentence, as far as I’m concerned.

Visually, the Mustang GTD looks fast even when standing still, and it’s all thanks to that aggressive aero kit, the vented hood, vented fenders, splitters, the massive rear wing – everything looks like it’s been dialed up to 11, and it’s all carbon fiber, naturally.

Ford Mustang GTD on display at 2024 NY Auto Show
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Other highlights include the semi-active suspension, a transaxle cooling system with a race-inspired cover, and the previously mentioned 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with dual air inlets and the first dry-sump engine oil system fitted to a roadgoing ‘Stang. Also noteworthy is the carbon fiber driveshaft connected to an 8-speed rear transaxle.

By the way, that semi-active suspension is state-of-the-art, and it also allows for a nearly 40 mm (1.57 in) lower ride height in Track Mode. As for stopping power, that’s where the carbon ceramic Brembo brakes come in.

Taking all these features into account, it’s not difficult to understand the approximately $300,000 MSRP. Yes, it’s a lot of money for a Mustang, but calling the GTD a Mustang is like calling Steve Rogers a human being.
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About the author: Sergiu Tudose
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Sergiu got to experience both American and European car "scenes" at an early age (his father drove a Ford Fiesta XR2 supermini in the 80s). After spending over 15 years at local and international auto publications, he's starting to appreciate comfort behind the wheel more than raw power and acceleration.
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