Ford Introduces Series 1 Mustang RTR Styling Pack [News]

Ford only selling 500 Series 1 Mustang RTR kits to customers

The Series 1 Mustang RTR is a conversion kit available on GT and EcoBoost models with the Performance Pack 1. [Photo: Ford]

The Mustang RTR conversion kit will hit dealerships in early 2019.

Soon, the Ford Mustang will be the only car the Blue Oval sells in this country. The company knows better than to kill it (we hope), but leaving the Mustang as the last car standing creates a problem. You know that every other Mustang on the road will look like yours, more or less. To that end, the Series 1 Mustang RTR kit will soon be available to make your Mustang look like a drift machine.

World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Vehicles team worked with Ford Performance to create the Series 1 Mustang RTR conversion kit. It’s a dealer-installed option that changes up the exterior pieces of a standard EcoBoost or GT with the Performance Pack 1 option.

Don’t look for much in the way of actual performance upgrades – it’s mainly a styling package. You still get the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four or 5.0-liter V8 as in the standard models. One performance-enhancing feature you do get is Ford Performance suspension with adjustable sway bars. That will let you change up the settings to make your Mustang handle more like a sports car in the corners, or for sliding sideways, when the mood takes you. The RTR conversion kit also includes staggered 19-inch wheels. The wheels are 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear.

2019 Ford Mustang - Series 1 Mustang RTR

Changing the look

On the aesthetic front, you get a bit more for your money. There’s an RTR grill and distinctive lighting from the regular Mustang. You also get RTR fender badges and floor mats, as well as more badging on the deck lid trim. For the collector types out there, Ford’s kit even gives you a serialized plaque on the dashboard. There’s a reason for that – only 500 Ford Mustang RTR kits are coming with 2019 models.

Ford hasn’t announced pricing or availability beyond “just 500 units” yet. We expect to know more closer to the kit’s actual arrival next year. That said, they’ll likely sell out quickly, so you’ll have to jump on it if you want to make your Mustang look like a bona fide Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifting car.