Last year Formula Drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr. let us go for a quick drive in his 2011 Mustang RTR, and while we were impressed with the styling and price, the harsh suspension tuning and lack of performance options left us wanting. Gittin must have taken our review to heart, as he unveiled the 2013 Mustang RTR today with a new adjustable suspension setup and up to 624 horsepower with an optional supercharger system.

Of course, those aren't the only upgrades to the Mustang RTR for 2013. The dealer-installed package also includes a new styling package that includes an updated front fascia, side splitters, aluminum rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Thankfully, those beautiful 19-inch wheels are still in place.

Gittin is also allowing customers to choose from two packages, with a Spec 1 version including just the basics ($6,250), while a Spec 2 car comes fully loaded ($11,995) with the option of a 525- or 624-horsepower Ford Racing supercharger system.

Scroll down to read all the details in the press release and check out the official 2013 Mustang RTR video.

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WIXOM, Mi. – Mustang RTR, the vision of World Champion Drifter and Mustang mad man, Vaughn Gittin Jr., is very excited to introduce the 2013 Mustang RTR Spec 1 and up to 624 horsepower Mustang RTR Spec 2. Like its previous versions, the 2013 Mustang RTR takes the best of multiple automotive cultures and tastefully meshes them with the incredible 2013 Ford Mustang in the form of a dealer-installed package that is currently available in select Ford dealerships around the world. For the 2013 Mustang, RTR is stepping up its game in both appearance and performance, guaranteeing that RTR owners will get everything they desire out of their machine.

RTR has landed on a very impressive suspension package utilizing Ford Racing adjustable shocks and springs, as well as 4-way adjustable RTR sway bars, RTR adjustable panhard bar, and RTR rear chassis brace – all of which utilize superior Whiteline bushings. This track-ready, street-friendly suspension package comes standard on a Spec 2 RTR or is available as an upgrade to all 2010 to 2013 Mustangs.

"We have spent a lot of time testing the new suspension package," says 2010 Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr. "I worked alongside very experienced suspension engineers and other pro drivers to deliver our goal; a very well-balanced car that offers RTR owners the ability to adjust the suspension to suit their driving style without sacrificing ride quality. Without question it is one the most impressive handling and fun-to-drive Mustangs out there."
A suspension set-up book will be included in the Spec 2 RTR to give the owner suggested combinations of chassis settings to match his or her interest – whether it is drifting, road racing, drag racing, long hauls, or just everyday cruising. Engine horsepower and torque gets an impressive boost of 25hp and 60ft lbs of torque at 1500 rpm's by way of a Ford Racing Tune, K&N Air Filter, and RTR axle back exhaust system for the Spec 2.

RTR has teamed up with Magnaflow Performance Exhaust to create a unique sounding exhaust system. This system successfully changed the "robotic" exhaust note of the 5.0 and contributed to a 9 horsepower gain on the dyno compared to the stock mufflers. RTR has also opted to change it up by using an innovative black ceramic coating on the mufflers that creates a high temperature thermal barrier, as well as adds to the aggressive look of the RTR. Another first in the Mustang market.

The 2013 Mustang RTR appearance package includes the following upgrades: RTR chin spoiler; rocker splitters; RTR rear diffuser; aluminum RTR rear spoiler; RTR stripe kit; RTR badging; RTR rear deck lid applique; and 19 x 9.5 inch RTR wheels with Falken ultra high performance tires.

"I couldn't be any more excited with the traction and reception of RTR since its introduction just two short years ago," says Vaughn. "We will continue to push the envelope and give our customers a fun, aggressive-looking car to drive and a family that they are excited to be a part of well into the future. We are just getting the RTR party started!"

The all-new 2013 Mustang RTR will be offered in the following packages:

RTR Spec 1 - Available for the V6 and V8, RTR appearance package (not including the rear diffuser, RTR rocker splitters, and deck lid applique. RTR striping is optional) Ford Racing 1.0 inch lowering spring, RTR axle back exhaust system.

Spec 1 MSRP $6,250

RTR Spec 2 – Complete RTR appearance package, Ford Racing tune, Ford Racing adjustable shocks, 1.0 inch or 1.5 inch lowering springs, RTR 4-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, RTR adjustable panhard bar, RTR rear chassis brace, RTR axle back exhaust system.

Spec 2 MSRP $11,995 (Optional 525HP or 624HP Ford Racing supercharger).

Currently RTR is finalizing development of a "track slayer" package for release in August 2012 that will replace the panhard bar with a track-proven Watts Link as well as a few other suspension components to take the RTR's handling to the next level for those wanting a bit more out on the track.

The Mustang RTR is available only at select premium Ford Dealers world-wide as well as a few certified installation facilities around the USA. Check out to find your local dealer.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      With this, and the Boss coming out its like we are living in the Ford golden age. For the longest time everything they put out was substandard. But between the killer mustangs, the kick-ass new Taurus......and even the Flex (had the privilege of driving one to Ohio) I am very impressed with their work
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that seems like a realy good price. Does that include installation?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a friend with a 2012 Mustang RTR in grabber blue it is a aftermarket package,but it gets alot of looks on the street and at the track ( people come over start talking to learn more about the car). For it to be a new aftermarket Mustang thats a good thing for Vaughn Gittin Jr and the pony car market, which means there is room for everybody it's really a coo car.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys (commenters) need to realize the difference between aftermarket packages and Ford packages. This is not a Ford package. It is an aftermarket package.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had a dollar for every "one off" new generation Mustang I'd be a thousandaire. I like the new Mustang, but with the overflow of "special edition" models they are not all that special. GT500 and call it a day.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh good, yet another Mustang variation. How original and exciting.
      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a dumb meaningless video

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