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Do These 5 Interiors Shame The $325K Mustang GTD’s $36K Cabin? | Carscoops

  • $325k Ford Mustang GTD has received criticism online for having almost the same interior as a regular $36k pony car.
  • Ford sold out the entire run of US-market cars long before it had released any interior pictures.
  • The GTD does get a few bespoke features, but are they enough considering the supercar-rivaling price?

The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is the most extreme performance Mustang ever built, a track-ready pony car that makes 2016’s carbon-wheeled, 8,250 rpm GT350R look about as special as an airport rental Ecoboost. But when Ford finally dropped a load of interior pictures this week, some fans felt disappointed that the $325,000 GTD’s cabin looked barely any different to the one in a $36k Mustang Premium.

It’s not true to say the cabin is identical to the everyman Premiums, which gain a combined 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and 13.2-inch infotainment stack over the separate displays fitted to base Ecoboost and GT models.

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GTD owners get bespoke welcome and farewell graphics and an exclusive Performance gauge cluster, but the real jewels are the oversized 3D-printed titanium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel and the matching titanium trim available for the rotary gear selector, which kind of compensates for the lack of a manual transmission.

There are two new buttons on the console that access the front-axle lift function and provide a shortcut to the Track Apps, and a crazy window in the rear firewall where the back seats should be that lets you see the Mustang‘s special pushrod suspension.

But the Recaro seats, while different to the ones available in regular ‘Stangs, aren’t the carbon-shell buckets you’d expect to find in a $325k car, and the flat-bottom carbon-trimmed steering wheel is the same basic rim you’ll find in a $61k Dark Horse, except for a new covering and the additional buttons controlling the suspension and exhaust.

Don’t get us wrong, we really like this interior. It looks great because Ford made such a giant leap forward with the ordinary Mustang’s cabin design and quality when it introduced the all-new car for 2024. But those ordinary Mustangs start at less than $40k and top out at $65k. The GTD costs six times as much.

 Do These 5 Interiors Shame The $325K Mustang GTD’s $36K Cabin?

We get it, this car is supposed to be about the engineering and the driving experience. But we all know these cars will spend the majority of their lives on public roads driven at legal speeds (if they’re even driven at all), so they need to feel special when you’re not maximizing all 800 hp (811 PS) from the 5.2-liter, supercharged, dry-sump V8.

With that in mind, is the GTD’s interior as special as it could be for a car costing supercar money? Let’s compare it with the five interiors of real supercars.

McLaren 750S $324,195

McLaren canned the 720S’s folding instrument cluster when it updated it to become the 750S, but the new car’s interior isn’t short on wow. It’s swathed in Alcantara, the vertical touchscreen and switch layout mimics the dash setup on an endurance racer, and it wraps around the driver to make sure he knows that the passenger is very much a secondary concern here.

Carbon sill trims are optional, as are the stunning carbon buckets seen in the first two pics of this gallery (the base chairs actually look less supportive than the Mustang’s Recaros). And let’s not forget how you access that cabin – by ducking under a butterfly door, in true supercar style.

Ferrari 296 $342,205

The Ferrari 296 looks and feels very different from the McLaren, or the Mustang. There’s no center touchscreen, just a highly configurable digital gauge cluster and a steering wheel with more buttons than a giant’s cardigan. And passengers are made to feel more a part of the action (or maybe just more scared) by the digital speedo and rev counter mounted above the glovebox.

A low console that’s clearly separated from the dashboard nods to classics like the 246 Dino and makes the cabin feel airy, but that also means you don’t get the cozy hunkered-down feel behind the wheel that you get in the GTD, 750S or Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. And the fake open-gate shifter quadrant for the dual-clutch transmission is gimmicky and hard to use.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS $242,950

Porsche revealed the 2025 911 last month, including images of the facelifted car’s subtly revised interior with its full digital gauge cluster, but the updates only apply to the Carrera and GTS. Other models, like the GT3 RS, are unchanged from 2024, and many might say that’s a good thing, because you still do get an analog rev counter and don’t get a starter button.

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The 518 hp (525 PS) RS also gets a proper push-pull shifter for its PDK transmission, fabric door pulls and dials on the steering wheel to control the differential lock and damper rebound, none of which appear on ordinary 911s. And a set of gorgeous carbon-shell buckets come standard, though lardy types can swap them out for electric comfort seats at no extra cost. It’s also worth noting that the GT3 RS is $80k cheaper than the GTD, at least according to the list price, though good luck with that one.

Maserati MC20 $242,995

Is the MC20 the world’s most unfairly overlooked exotic car? Seems that way to us. It’s got classic Italian supercar looks, a full carbon chassis, plenty of performance, and, if its 621 hp (630 PS) V6 can’t keep pace with cars like the Ferrari 296, you just have to remind yourself that the Maser undercuts it by $100k. You could buy one of these and a fully-loaded Mustang Dark Horse for less than a GTD.

And there’s nothing about the MC20‘s interior that screams ‘tier three supercar.’ It’s got the exposed carbon, the jumbo shift paddles and a dashboard that’s not shared with any other car, and definitely not a $36k four-cylinder coupe.

Lamborghini Revuelto $608,000

Yeah, we know, the Revuelto costs almost twice as much as a GTD, so it ought to look great inside. But its Temerario little brother arrives later this year as the successor to the Huracan, and you can bet that it’ll have a very similar interior to the Revuelto.

Expect a digital cluster with plenty of different display options, a huge set of metal shift paddles mounted to the column, not on the wheel like the Mustang has (which do you prefer?), and dials to control the drive mode and EV portion of the powertrain only a thumb stretch away.

Do you think the Mustang GTD’s interior looks as special as these supercar cabins? Is it worthy of a $325k car, and if it isn’t, does that even matter? Give us your opinion by taking part in our poll (above) and dropping a comment below.