We get be­hind the wheel of the RTR Spec 2 V8 mon­ster.

Fast Ford - - CONTENTS - Words JAMIE Pho­tos JAMIE & ALEX HOYLE

As moun­tune’s Global Brand Man­ager tosses me the keys to the shiny new 2018 Mus­tang RTR Spec 2 parked out front, I can’t help but think to­day is go­ing to be an al­right kind of day!

The Mus­tang has been with us in Bri­tain for a few years now, and I’ve been lucky enough to get be­hind the wheel of a few. Re­cent mod­els even gained a facelift with the MY18 up­dates, be­com­ing even more pow­er­ful (now 444bhp in V8 guise), more im­pos­ing, and even bet­ter through the cor­ners than the first UK ver­sion.

But the car I’m driv­ing to­day isn’t an or­di­nary Mus­tang; it’s been kit­ted out with the lat­est RTR Spec 2 up­grades that moun­tune of­fer.

What’s that all about then? Well, a (very) brief his­tory les­son for those who may have missed it all; RTR (stand­ing for Ready to Rock) is a vi­sion from world-fa­mous drift su­per­star – and huge Mus­tang fan! – Vaughn Git­tin Jr. The RTR Team started of­fer­ing clothes, mer­chan­dise, and per­for­mance up­grades for the Mus­tang. This lead to them of­fer­ing the com­plete RTR mod­els avail­able to­day – all de­vel­oped, tested and ap­proved by Vaughn him­self.

The RTR Spec 1 kit in­cludes those im­pos­ing cos­metic up­grades from the RTR cat­a­logue, while the Spec 2 car adds a host of chas­sis up­grades to the mix too. And that's the car I'm driv­ing to­day.

Let’s start with the looks then. You’d never call the MY18 Mus­tang a dull-look­ing car, but the RTR mod­els bring bucket-loads more road pres­ence to the party. The trick when mod­i­fy­ing a Mus­tang’s cos­met­ics is not to go full-bore with wildly wide arches and a mas­sive Pikes Peak-style rear wing.

In­stead, the name of the game is to work with what’s al­ready there and sub­tly pick select styling cues to work with. Stuff like the ‘heat ex­trac­tors’ in the bon­net (vents to you and I), for ex­am­ple, are much beefier than the orig­i­nals yet don’t even look like an af­ter­mar­ket add-on. That’s kind of the

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