The Ford Mustang is not only one of the most iconic cars in the world, it’s also one of the most versatile. From the grocery-getting automatic V6, to the tire-shredding supercharged Cobra, to the Steve McQueen-inspired Bullitt, there’s probably a Mustang somewhere that will fit your lifestyle.
Ford is adding another set of badges to the Mustang for its sixth-generation, and this time it’s getting a little more tail-happy.
Ford Racing is collaborating with drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. for a new pony car variant called the RTR, which will be available as a dealer-installed package come January 2015.
Because the posterior section of this car is so important, let’s start at the back. Based on the design sketches, the RTR has a massive namesake decal between the rear taillights, an extremely aggressive rear diffuser, and a wide array of side splitters and center stakes. The RTR rear spoiler is exclusive to the new model as well.
The front end may be a little loud if you remember the 1980’s, though, as the redesigned grille and nostril-shaped inserts give the Mustang a loud, angular look reminiscent of a tuner car.
Engine choices are unchanged from the standard car, with the 310-horsepower, 2.3-liter Ecoboost coming standard and the 435-hp 5.0-liter V8 coming as an option. However, RTR is planning two different trims, Spec 1 and Spec 2, which implies two levels of upgrades and possibly performance.
“Ford’s Mustang team has done an incredible job with the new 2015 Ford Mustang,” said a clearly impartial Gittin Jr. “The RTR team and I are pumped to work with such an incredible platform for RTR builds. Without a question, the performance and overall presence of the new Mustang RTR will impress and keep a smile on our customers’ faces whether cruising the streets or getting crazy on the track.”
If your sixth-gen Mustang is already reserved but you love the RTR’s look, first ask your parent’s permission, then log onto to RTR’s website. Many of the drifting-inspired car’s parts will be available as bolt-ons when the car is released.
(Photos via Ford Racing)