Tuners tackle next-gen Ford Mustang, coming to Australia


US tuning company RTR has unveiled its first fettled version of the seventh-generation Ford Mustang, and it’s coming to Australia at an as-yet unspecified date.

Based on the Ford Mustang GT, the Mustang RTR Spec 2 will be available in the US as soon as examples start hitting Ford dealers. It’s worth noting the first Australian examples of the regular Mustang were recently delayed to the first quarter of 2024.

Australian Ford import, conversion, and modification company Mustang Motorsport has now opened registrations of interest for the Mustang RTR Spec 2.

In the US the Mustang RTR Spec 2 costs US$12,495 (~A$19,200) on top of the base Mustang GT price of US$43,540 (~A$66,900). Neither Australian pricing for the Mustang RTR Spec 2 pack, nor the seventh-gen Mustang itself have been confirmed yet.

A highlight of the Mustang RTR Spec 2 pack is the RTR Tactical Performance suspension that includes adjustable shock absorbers and struts, lowering springs, and adjustable front and rear sway bars.

This suspension setup has been engineered to deliver an “exceptional” driving experience on and off the track.

On the outside there’s a body kit comprising a RTR upper grille with signature LED accent lighting, lower grille, corner grille, chin splitter, under-tray extension, bonnet vent, rocker splitters, rear quarter panel splitters, and rear duckbill spoiler.

In addition there are 20-inch RTR wheels that are wrapped in Nitto NT555 G2 275/35 R20 tyres.

Inside there’s an RTR Performance shift knob, RTR floor mats, and a serialised plaque on the dash that’s engraved with Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s signature.

There haven’t been any alterations to the Mustang GT’s 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine, which in the US is confirmed to produce 356kW of power and 563Nm of torque. It produces 362kW and 567Nm with the optional active-valve performance exhaust system.

This engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.

RTR has announced there will also be a Mustang RTR Spec 1, but hasn’t disclosed any information about this version just yet.

The US tuning company still offers five different packages for the outgoing Mustang that’s no longer available to order in Australia.

As noted above, Ford Australia recently confirmed the seventh-generation Mustang has been delayed until the first quarter of 2024.

“Production for Australia-bound Mustangs is set to begin by late this year,” said a Ford Australia spokesperson.

“Due to significant shipping time between the plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and Australia, we expect first arrivals in Q1, 2024.”

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