When people hear the phrase “GT,” they usually think of a V8 engine. While this is correct, there is a deeper connotation to this phrase that many people are unaware of.
The meaning of the Mustang GT is either “Gran Turismo” or “Gran Touring.” It is characterized as a coupe-style vehicle that seats two but may sometimes accommodate four passengers and is built for comfort and fast speed. The term “Gran Turismo” comes from Italy, and it refers to automobiles that can comfortably complete long-distance “Grand Tours” while yet keeping the requisite performance.
The first GT Mustang was introduced in 1965, and it was a $165 upgrade.
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Disc brakes in the front
Dual exhaust tips are polished.
Fog lights on the auxiliary grille
GT exterior trim
GT badges are one of a kind.
Rally-Pac instrument cluster with 5-dial instrumentation is available as an option.
The GT was reintroduced in 1982, with a 302 cubic-inch 5.0 V-8 producing 157 horsepower. As a result of the GT’s reintroduction to the Fox Body range, the Cobra model was discontinued for the time being. The 5.0 GT Fox Body cars of the 1980s and early 1990s were born from this GT engine. The Fox Body Mustang was more efficient since it was lighter, resulting in improved fuel economy and higher speeds.
When the Fox Body was phased out in 1993, the GT design was carried over to future Mustang models including the SN95, New Edge, and S197, and it remains the pinnacle of speed and comfort for fans.
The Mustang GT was resurrected in 1994 with the first SN95 model, offering superior performance and handling than the basic model and the last Fox Body version of 1993. The 302 CID small-block V8 (known as the 5.0 L engine) was carried over from the 1993 Mustang GT and produced 215 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque. In 1999, Ford introduced the New Edge Mustang, which had a completely new body shape with sharper lines and produced 260 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. In 2004, the New Edge’s last year came to an end, and the S197 Mustang began its 9-year reign. This Mustang GT has an all-aluminum 4.6 L 3-valve single overhead camshaft modular V8 that generated 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque starting in 2005. This GT has a limited-slip differential and the same carbon-fiber clutch discs as the 2003-04 SVT Cobra and the 2007 Shelby GT500. While the S197 Mustang had a major external and interior redesign in 2010 (similar to the SN95’s transition to the New Edge), the Coyote engine wasn’t shown until 2011.
The Gen 1 Coyote made its debut in the 2011 Mustang GT, producing 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. This 302.1 cu/in the engine is the most recent version of Ford’s modular engine line, which was created when the company began to confront stiff competition from competing automakers. The S550 Mustang chassis debuted in 2015, with the Gen 2 Coyote producing 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque from 2015 to 2017.
The 5.0L Coyote V8 is still utilised in today’s S550 Mustang GTs (models from 2018 and after), but it has been updated to a Gen 3 with 460 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. A 5.2L Voodoo V8 flat-plane crank engine (GT350) and a Supercharged cross-plane crank V8 engine are available for this model (GT500).
The Mustang GT series continues to evolve, with the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 boasting 760 horsepower and 625 ft/lbs of torque. This is to guarantee that it lives up to the Gran Touring reputation for high performance and comfort.