Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
October 15, 2013

That performance backs up the swagger that the RTR throws down. Vaughn knows a thing or two about putting on a good show, and he tightens up the '13-'14 Mustang's good looks with a 360-degree makeover that pumps up its persona without being overt. It looks sharp but understated.

"The recipe was pretty relative to '11-'12 in regard to keeping the styling elements we love," Vaughn said. "The biggest difference is that we focused a lot on suspension performance to get what we feel is a perfect balance for streetability and track fun. Most everyone that drives a Spec 2 RTR is impressed—and to me, that is success!"

"Between the adjustable Ford Racing shocks and springs, as well as the RTR Tactical Performance sway bars and optional Watt's link, we've worked with Whiteline so RTR owners can dial their car for their preference of fun. Whether it be street, drift, grip, or drag, there is a great balance to be had for any activity," he added.

"We have a unique sounding exhaust that we developed with Magnaflow specifically for the RTR. It made 9 hp and gets rid of the ‘robotic' sound of the 5.0.

"For those that need more power, we offer a supercharger upgrade option as well. We designed our packages with performance and budget in mind so that there is a realistic option for most anyone to get behind the wheel of an RTR."

In short, the RTR takes the already potent Mustang and revs up its looks and performance while adding the panaché of exclusivity. So, if you're looking for a specialty Mustang that you won't see on every street corner, check them out.

"Future plans are to keep having fun and putting smiles on people's faces!" Vaughn shared. "We will continue to offer packages available at Ford dealers, however, you will see a lot of cool new products coming from us in the future. I don't want to get too specific right now, but keep an eye out!" 5.0

Horse Sense: For the new season of Formula Drift, Vaughn has an important new sponsor: Nitto Tire. "In the middle of 2012, I decided I was going to run my own drifting program in 2013 rather then driving someone else's car like I have been for the duration of my career to this point. After my first meeting with the crew over at Nitto, it was obvious we had similar goals here in the USA and also globally. I knew Nitto always had good tires as I have been competing against their other drivers for the past nine years, but after testing both the NT555 and NT05 I was very happy!" Vaughn shared. "Long story short, the partnership just made sense for both our plans—present and future. I have always respected Nitto's place in the market and especially their marketing initiatives and I'm pumped for the fun we are going to have together!"

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5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain
Block: Low-pressure cast 319 aluminum w/ pressed-in thin-wall iron liners
Crankshaft: Forged steel, fully counterweighted, induction-hardened
Rods: Powdered-metal forging, I-beam
Pistons: Hypereutectic, short-skirt flat-top w/ four equal valve reliefs; moly friction-reducing coating
Camshafts: DOHC w/ Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing
Cylinder heads: Four-Valve aluminum
Intake manifold: Molded composite w/ constant cross section and long runners
Fuel system: Mechanical returnless
Exhaust: Short-tube, S44100 stainless-steel Tri-Y tubular headers w/ stock midpipe and RTR axle-back
Transmission: Getrag MT82 six-speed manual
Rearend: 8.8-in w/ 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine management: Copperhead w/ Ford Racing Performance Parts calibration
Ignition: Coil-on plug
Gauges: Stock w/ RTR badging

Suspension and Chassis
Front suspension
K-member: Stock stamped steel
A-arms: Reverse L
Struts: FRPP adjustable w/ FRPP adjustable strut mount
Springs: FRPP w/ 1.5-in drop
Brakes: Stock w/ crossdrilled rotors
Wheels: Charcoal RTR, 19x9.5-in
Tires: Falken FK 453

Rear suspension
Shocks: FRPP
Springs: FRPP
Control Arms: Stock
Brakes: Stock w/ crossdrilled rotors
Wheels: Charcoal RTR, 19x9.5-in
Tires: Falken FK 453