Vaughn Gittin Jr. Reloads Ford Mustang RTR for 2013
Champion drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr. has revealed his latest Mustang RTR—a specially prepared pony car available in select Ford dealerships—based on the refreshed 2013 Mustang. Gittin and RTR have been churning out the unique Mustangs since 2010, and the formula for the 2013 Mustang RTR doesn’t change much. The 2013 car is available in dealer-prepared Spec 1 and Spec 2 forms.
RTR’s Spec 1 kit is available for 2013 V-6 or V-8 Mustangs and gets the outfit’s appearance package, which includes 19-inch wheels wrapped in Falken FK453 tires, front chin spoiler, rear trunklid spoiler, and RTR exterior badges. Performance upgrades are limited to a set of mufflers RTR says is good for an additional nine hp, as well as Ford Racing 1.0-inch lowering springs. Inside, RTR throws in a shift knob, embroidered floor mats, and a numbered plate signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr. himself.
The Spec 2 setup is available only for V-8 Mustangs, and includes the Spec 1 exterior appearance package and interior goodies, but adds a comprehensive list of functional upgrades. First up, RTR reflashes the engine computer with Ford Racing code that’s good for an additional 16 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque. Keep in mind, the Mustang’s stock 5.0-liter V-8 produces a beastly 420 hp and 390 lb-ft, and Spec 2 cars also get the same mufflers as Spec 1 cars that are good for the same nine-hp increase. Besides the power boost, RTR also fits Spec 2 Mustangs with a suspension package consisting of Ford Racing adjustable shocks and 1-inch lowering springs, plus four-way front and rear anti-roll bars, an adjustable rear axle Panhard bar, and rear chassis brace of its own design. Finally, RTR tosses in some drilled and slotted brake rotors for good measure.
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Now for the important part: the prices. The Spec 1 setup will cost $6250 including installation, plus the cost of the donor Mustang. Next up the ladder is the Step 2 kit, which requires a steeper $11,995—again, that doesn’t include a 2013 Mustang GT. The 2013 Mustang RTR is available now at select Ford dealerships across the country.