Ford unveils the 2013 Mustang RTR

Article by Christian A., on July 18, 2012

We now have a view of the latest rendition of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang RTR, which is offered in two trim levels: Spec 1 and Spec 2. Gittin Jr. is a World Champion Drifter and was actually the Formula Drift champion in 2010. For several years, he has been campaigning for Ford‘s Mustang. The RTR is how Gittin Jr. wants a street Mustang to be.

The looks and the performance of the new 2013 Mustang RTR were revamped by Ford with the help of Vaughn Gittin Jr. There’s an option for 624-hp. The Spec 1 package has a price tag of $6,250. The RTR appearance package for V6 and V8 Mustang owners consists of a chin spoiler, aluminum rear spoiler, badging, 19-inch wheels, Falken tires, Ford Racing 10.1-inch lowering springs, and RTR axle-back exhaust system.

RTR appearance package isn’t the complete package that’s available on the Spec 2. The Spec 1 doesn’t have a rear diffuser, RTR rocker splitters, and deck lid applique. However, the Spec 1 buyers can get RTR striping. The Spec 2 package costs $11,995.

The complete RTR appearance package for this Mustang comes with all of the previously cited components plus a Ford Racing tune, Ford Racing adjustable shocks, 1.0-inch or 1.5-inch lowering springs, RTR four-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, RTR adjustable panhard bar, RTR rear chassis brace, and RTR axle-back exhaust system. The Spec 2 package is available with either 525-hp or 624-hp due to a Ford Racing supercharger system. Only select premium Ford dealerships offer the Mustang RTR.

Once the new 2013 Mustang is officially released, customers will get to see that it will have a design that is clearly more aggressive given that the grille has been made more pronounced. Enhancing that appeal even more is the addition of a splitter that is more powerful than before. Heat extractors have been placed on the GT’s hood and this is not simply about visuals but come with a function.

They were positioned in such a way that they allow hot air to be channeled out of the engine compartment and thereby ensure that the engine is cooled. For the 2013 version, Ford implemented technology upgrades especially with the signature lightning. For example, there are two individual LED bars placed on the front which help highlight the headlamps in the area. On the rear, there are three LED ropes which combine to form the iconic three-bar lights. For the GT and V6 variants, high-intensity discharge headlamps are included as standard.

That’s not all as the rocker panels, in body-color, goes through the car allowing it to have a more premium look. One significant change in the rear is that there is now a black high-gloss panel that connects the Mustang’s taillamps. In order to be in line with the sequential turn signal this range is celebrated for, the taillamps have a smoked appearance in order to complement the front’s purposeful look.

Ford also changes the wheel lineup for the new Mustang and will now include the 17-inch wheels for the V6. The 19-inch wheels, though an option, will be part of the V6 Performance Package and the GT. Aside from a redesign, the wheels come with new touches and finished to give it a stronger look.

Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer shared that the brand is offering a design that is more emotional and highly unique in order to honor the Mustang’s performance. He added that with this latest design, the new model is paying tribute to the tradition that made it a success. The 2013 Ford Mustang will officially go on sale starting in the spring of 2012.

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