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BLUE oval fans can rejoice: the new Gen3-spec Ford Mustang GT Supercar looks like a Mustang.

The significant change under the bonnet – the car is powered by a production-based 5.4-litre ‘Coyote’ DOHC V8 engine – is overshadowed by the obvious change to its exterior.

Where the outgoing ‘Gen2’ Mustang polarised fans with proportions that were adapted to fit the Car of the Future chassis, the Gen3 Mustang GT remains true to the lines of its road car counterpart.

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“There is no question when you look at the Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar that this is a Mustang. It absolutely looks the part, which was focus one for us in the design and development phase for this vehicle,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance motorsports.

“The fact that it’s powered by a production-based Ford engine is the icing on the cake.

“Early indications are that this is going to be a fantastic race car, and we couldn’t be prouder of the work that has been put in by the Dick Johnson Racing team lead by Ryan Story, alongside Chief Designer Perry Kapper and Lead Mechanic Mikey Flynn who have worked incredibly hard in recent months to make the project a reality.”

Ford Australia president and CEO Andrew Birkic said the new Mustang demonstrated the company’s continuing commitment to Australia.

“It has been a huge couple of weeks for Ford Australia, with the launch of the Australian designed and engineered Next-Generation Ranger last week and now this spectacular next generation Supercar.

“We want to make the sport better for the fans, with more relevant cars, and more entertaining racing. Gen3 looks absolutely incredible, sounds even better and I’m sure I’m not alone in how much I am looking forward to seeing it on-track this weekend.

“Congratulations to Sean Seamer, Adrian Burgess and their teams in bringing the Gen3 project to this point.”

The Mustang GT will join the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in cutting demonstration laps at Mount Panorama during the Repco Bathurst 1000 weekend, with DJR’s Anton De Pasquale receiving the honour of the first laps behind the wheel of the Ford.

The next-generation Ranger is the smartest, most capable and most versatile Ranger ever – developed at every step with our customers’ needs and experiences in mind.

In more than 180 countries, these customers rely on Ranger to be their reliable partner at work, with family and at play. Designed and engineered right here in Australia.

Ford Australia is proud to be presenting partner of V8 Sleuth’s event coverage of the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.