As Monterey Car Week kicks off, rumors are running hot about a new special Mustang. Will it be mid-engined? Will it be Laguna Seca-themed? It turns out, it could be neither. According to leaked photographs, the next hot pony car will be the Ford Mustang GTD, and it looks wilder than just about anything Ford’s ever done with the Mustang before.
On the face of it, the Mustang GTD — which has leaked, though it’s not exactly clear where from (MotorTrend sources the YouTube channel StangMode; then there’s the tweet above from 6th Gear Auto) — looks very much like a roadgoing version of Ford’s GT3 race car. From the wide fenders to the C-pillar-mounted rear wing, everything about this car seems inspired by sports car racing on some of America’s most prestigious circuits. However, look a little closer and differences will emerge. The headlights on the GTD are straight off the standard roadgoing car, the front bumper has DOT-spec amber retroreflectors hugging the wheel arches, the entire front grille is new, and the sills don’t prominently house full-length side pipes. Even the wheels ditch their centerlocks for a traditional five-lug bolt pattern. It seems that the Mustang GTD may bring a little bit of racing DNA to the road.
Believe it or not, Ford has actually teased the arrival of a GT3-style Mustang road car before. In a promotional video for the Mustang GT3, a brief shot of a model with five-lug hubs, amber reflectors, and the GT3’s wide fenders appears at a time marker of roughly 50 seconds. There’s a chance Ford slid this car right under our noses months ago. Here’s a screenshot:
The powertrain of the Mustang GTD hasn’t been revealed yet, but we’d be surprised if it’s identical to the five-liter 500-horsepower Coyote V8 and Tremec TR-3160 six-speed manual transmission combination found in the Mustang Dark Horse. Typically, when manufacturers go this crazy, they don’t keep the powertrain absolutely standard. In fact, beyond looks and a name, we don’t know anything about the Ford Mustang GTD. It doesn’t look like the rumored mid-engined Mustang because that thing supposedly wasn’t based on the standard S650 car. However, all shall be unveiled later this week in Monterey.
[Random Ed Note: Volkswagen sells a Golf GTD, a diesel version of the GTI. -DT].
(Photo credits: Ford Performance)
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