Back in 2021, Ford and its long-time Canadian go-fast/racing partner Multimatic started working on the 2025 Mustang GTD alongside the S650 Mustang GT3 racecar. And if you look at them, the GTD has more in common with the GT3 than the EcoBoost/GT/Dark Horse most people will buy. Well, a British artist decided to redesign the 2025 Mustang GTD and you’re looking at the 3D result right now.
Yes, certain parts of the 2025 Ford Mustang GTD come from the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, where the normal ‘Stangs are assembled. However, most of the vehicle is hand-built at Multimatic’s site in Markham, Canada, just as it happened with the second-generation Ford GT supercar.
There are many key differences between the GT3 race car and the GTD halo road car. For one, the GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.4L V8 based on the Coyote (assembled by the Brits over at M-Sport), while the GTD packs a upgraded version of the S550 Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8, which now makes over 800 hp. There’s no Shelby badging on the GTD, though.
However, much of the GT3’s design, which we’ll see racing at Le Mans in 2024, has been transferred to the GTD, so we’re looking at carbon fiber-build aero that adds to the already high visual aggression of the base S650 Mustang.
The easiest way to tell the GT3 and the GTD apart is by looking at the side skirts and the rear diffuser area. That’s because the GT3 packs side exhausts, which allow for a larger diffuser, while the GTD sports a pair of super-sized tips at the rear. And you can compare these against The Kyza’s 2025 Mustang redesign in the gallery below.
The Kyza’ 2025 Ford Mustang GTD redesign
When London-based body kit designer (here’s his LTO Mazda RX-7 at SEMA 2022) and digital artist Khyzyl Saleem (aka The Kyza) first laid his eyes on the 2025 Ford Mustang GTD earlier this week, he took to Instagram to announce a rendering of a wingless version.
However, some hours ago, The Kyza returned to Insta with a design that proves how closely related the GT3 and the GTD’s bodies are, at least outside their underbodies.
So while this 2025 Ford Mustang redesign sports the launch color of the Mustang GTD, it’s actually the S650 GT3 with a much smaller rear wing borrowed from the S650 Mustang GT and a lowered ride height. So, it’s not just Ford that can play with the parts bin to give us a spicy Stang!
“This is literally Fords GT3 Mustang design with the spoiler removed & a slightly drop. They did all the hard-work [GTD-wise],” the artist explains.
The 2025 Mustang GTD opens up a door for supercar-priced S650 builds
The $300,000 MSRP of the Mustang GTD is understandable when you factor in the active aero, all the exterior being available in carbon, the complex Multimatic spool valve damper tech that offers ride height control, the pushrod rear suspension with a tubular rear subframe and the crazy tire width (345-section at the rear and 325-section up front).
This means the GTD is the most expensive street-legal Mustang in the 60-year history of the badge and by a huge margin. And if you think about it, Ford throwing the Mustang GTD at the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (some would argue the upcoming 992 GT2 RS would make a closer rival), was the plan all along.
For one, back in 2014 when Ford introduced the S550 as the first IRS (independent rear suspension) Mustang, its chief engineer, Dave Pericak, who is currently the Engineering Director of North American Unibody Applications, told me how the carmaker benchmarked the 911 GT3 during an interview.
The first examples of the limited-production 2025 Mustang GTD will reach their owners in late 2024 and early 2025. And while I love budget builds as much as the next guy, I can’t expect anything else from the aftermarket but to use the introduction of the GTD as a way of coming up with its own supercar-priced S650 Mustangs.