The new-gen S650 Ford Mustang is one of the most hotly anticipated new cars to hit Aussie shores, with Ford confirming yesterday to Wheels that the seventh-gen Mustang will reach Australia in Q1 of 2024.
While that is a few months after initial predictions, there’s a silver lining.
Melbourne-based Mustang Motorsport has further bolstered the offerings in Australia for the new S650, as they told us today they are now taking expressions of interest for the 2024 Mustang RTR Spec 2.
If you’re unfamiliar with RTR Vehicles (RTR meaning ‘Ready to Rock’), it is a US-based Ford tuning company that’s the brainchild of two-time Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.
While RTR’s premier act is the Formula Drift program they run for Ford, they also offer a huge range of aftermarket parts and packages for Mustangs, Broncos, Rangers and even the electric Mach E.
For their road car program, you can start with something as simple as wheels, or go all out with complete packages like the new RTR Spec 2.
Tuning companies have been playing with Mustangs for decades, but what makes RTR’s approach unique is that they focus just as much on variants that can corner and slide.
This is RTR’s first package for the S650, but they still offer five different spec levels to choose from for the old S550, from the basic Design Package to the supercharged Spec 5.
For this new Spec 2, RTR have chosen to focus on handling and style instead of power.
Externally, the Spec 2 features unique and functional front grilles, bonnet vents, undertray, splitters, a boot spoiler and graphics pack.
Under the skin are RTR-spec lowering springs with adjustable shocks, adjustable swaybars front and rear, and a set of RTR Aero 5 wheels with Nitto NT555 G2 tyres to complete the handling side of things.
Inside you’ll find a new gear knob and a numbered dash plaque with Gittin’s signature engraved for authenticity.
RTR are yet to confirm any horsepower figures for the Spec 2, but we already know the standard 5.0-litre V8 in the S650 is capable of anywhere from 480hp to 500hp.
The Spec 2 joins Ford’s factory-offered 2023 Mustang Dark Horse as the two hot variants confirmed for Australia, alongside the V8 GT and four-pot turbo EcoBoost models that formed the previous sixth-gen range.
There’s no word on local pricing for either the Spec 2 or the rest of the Mustang range right now, but Mustang Motorsports are taking expressions of interest on the Spec 2. You can place one on their website now.