What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang?

Posted 4/26/2019 by Taylor Ward

Many ask "what does GT stand for on a Mustang?". The GT model featured many upgrades for base model vehicles.

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When most people hear GT they just assume “oh it’s a V8”. While this is true, there is a more meaningful description of this term that many might not know about.

GT stands for Gran Turismo or Gran Touring. It is defined as a vehicle with a coupe style that usually seats two but occasionally four people and is designed for comfort and high speed. The “Gran Turismo” name originated from Italy that refers to cars which may turn out long-distance “Grand Tours” with comfort whereas still maintaining the performance required.

The 1st GT mustang that was released came out in 1965 and was an $165 upgrade. It was only available for the 289 cubic-inch V-8 which made either 225 or 271HP. The upgrade included the following..

EXTERIOR
  • Front disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust with polished tips
  • Auxiliary grille fog lamps
  • Exterior GT trim
  • Unique GT badging
INTERIOR
  • Optional Rally-Pac instrument cluster
  • 5-dial instrumentation

What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang? - What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang?

The GT was brought back in 1982 and was equipped with the 302 cubic-inch 5.0 V-8 which produced 157hp. This is what birthed the 5.0 GT Fox Body’s of the 80s and early 90s. The Fox Body was more efficient in that it was lighter which resulted in better fuel-efficiency and faster speeds. When the Fox Body was retired in 93’ the GT style continued on with newer model mustangs and still continues to be the prime example of speed and comfort that enthusiasts are searching for.


What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang? - What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang?

With present-day GT Mustangs they are still being produced with the 5.0L Coyote V8 with options to increased to a 5.2L Voodoo V8 (GT350) and the Supercharged flat-plane-crank V8 (GT500). Progression is continually increasing with the Mustang GT line with the 2020 GT500 having 760HP and 625 ft/lbs of torque. This is to ensure that it maintains the Gran Touring name of providing exceptional performance and comfort.


What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang? - What Does GT Stand For On A Mustang?