First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang RTR
Ford has just introduced one more trick for the latest iteration of its wildly popular pony car, in the form of a dealer-installed RTR Package. Inspired by the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Mustang driven by professional Formula Drift competitor Vaughn Gittin, Jr., this factory-blessed enhancement is available at select Ford dealerships. While currently limited to the Mustang GT, a V6-specific RTR Package also will be introduced by the end of the year.
Developed in consort with Michigan's Classic Design Concepts, Gittin and Ford Racing Performance Parts, the RTR Package upgrades the already impressive handling limits of the GT and improves its high-speed stability with unique 19-inch RTR alloy wheels wrapped in super-sticky Falken FK-452 tires complemented by a Ford Racing handling pack that nets custom springs that drop ride height by 1.5 inches as well as firmer shocks and anti-roll bars. Stopping power also gets a boost, courtesy of cross-drilled and slotted brake rotors.
Visually, the RTR Package boasts a custom chin spoiler, rocker splitters, a rear diffuser and an aluminum rear spoiler set off by a dedicated RTR stripe. Inside, the cars get RTR-specific floor mats, shift knobs and emblems. Underhood, a K&N free-flow air filter bumps output of the GT's 5.0-liter V8 from 412 to 421 horsepower and, as a final bit of aural excitement, Ford Racing mufflers help lower back pressure while adding a throatier note to the exhaust. The RTR Package for the 2011 Ford Mustang GT is priced at $7,895 -- although a superlight carbon-fiber RTR-C version now under development will set buyers back a heady $135,000. For more information, visit: www.mustangrtr.com.