It looks awesome, but how much power do you get?
RTR Vehicles, the aftermarket tuning company founded by professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr, has unveiled its latest RTR Spec 2 build based on the 2024 Ford Mustang GT. Others have already begun modifying the car's aesthetics and performance -Saleen says it will extract up to 800 horsepower from the S650's V8 – but this is the first real-world tuning regimen carried out on the new Mustang.
Having a direct link to Ford Performance helps when you run a specialist tuning shop, but curiously, RTR has not yet revealed any performance enhancements for the new pony car. Perhaps tuning the S650 is as tricky as Ford said it would be. Regardless, the changes made are certainly worth a closer look.
The most obvious change is the introduction of the RTR upper grille with its signature lighting accents that double as air intake scoops. A new lower grille and redesigned corner grilles also feature, as does a new chin splitter and undertray extension. The hood vent, rocker panel extensions, rear quarter splitters, and decklid spoiler are all RTR-specific upgrades too. RTR badges on the front grille, fenders, and rear decklid help the build stand out further.
RTR wheels measuring 20×9.5 inches are wrapped in Nitto NT555 G2 rubber. These are mounted to the car with an aftermarket lug nut kit. A new rear shock mount kit combines with RTR Tactical Performance lowering springs, adjustable front and rear sway bars, and adjustable shocks and struts to further improve handling.
Inside, an RTR Performance shift knob is paired with floor mats and a serialized dash plaque engraved with Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s signature. Finally, a certificate of authenticity confirms the RTR's provenance in case the graphics package isn't proof enough. As usual, a three-year/36,000-mile warranty gives buyers peace of mind.
The RTR Spec 2 kit will be available as soon as the 2024 Mustang reaches dealers in the summer, and it will start at $12,495. That's not a terribly large sum of money, but if it were our hard-earned dollars, we'd simply opt for the Dark Horse. This costs around $11k more than a regular Mustang GT and comes with additional ponies under the hood.
The choice is yours: more power or a distinctive look that will be less common on the roads.
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