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Series 1 Mustang RTR By Ford Performance 2019 revealed

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist
CarsGuide

30 Oct 2018 • 3 min read

America's Ford Performance and drifting ace Vaughn Gittin Jr have had their wicked way with the Ford Mustang yet again, unveiling the Series 1 Mustang RTR By Ford Performance (catchy name, no?) at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

In the interests of brevity, lets just call it the RTR, which is also the name of Gittin Jnr's tuning house. Anyway, the upgrade is not just in the looks department, though Ford does say the goal was to design something that "stands out from the crowd."

New style kit include bespoke 19-inch alloys that are wider at the rear, a new spoiler package and grille, and twin graphic strips that run the length of the body. Inside, there's new floor mats, a new shift knob and a shiny new dash plaque.

But the best new stuff is hidden from sight. Designed as an add-on to the Performance Pack 1 (Track Handling Pack in Oz), this RTR version can now be set-up for drifting.

"Our goal was to take the driving and owner experience of the iconic Ford Mustang to the next level," says Gittin. "This collaboration has created a Mustang that offers smile-inducing street driving, diverse capability on the track and a very distinctive owner experience for those looking to stand out from the crowd."

The RTR makes use of new Ford Performance suspension, with new adjustable sway bars designed to give more control of the chassis set-up. Ford says owners can tweak the configuration for backroad dynamics, racetrack lap times, drifting or simply "blasting down a drag strip."

"Ford is bringing more Mustang magic to more customers than ever," says the brand's vehicle personalisation and accessories director, Eric Ci . "Vaughn is a great partner, bringing a new flare for Mustang to younger audiences through drifting and other exciting performance-fueled fun – we can’t wait to see what he’ll do with this car."

But before you get too excited, there's no word on whether such a package will be offered in Australia. As it stands, just 500 of the RTR Mustang's will be available, and they will be Stateside only.

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