Ford has revealed the Mustang R-Spec, a supercharged version of the brand’s popular muscle car.
Developed through a collaboration with Herrod Performance, 500 examples of the Mustang R-Spec will be offered locally priced from $99,980 plus on-road costs.
The R-Spec will be offered exclusively in the Fastback body style with a six-speed manual gearbox. Ford didn’t announce any performance details, however, with the supercharger bolted on, outputs for the 5.0-litre V8 are expected to be close to the 522kW and 827Nm developed from the same set-up in the US. For context, the Mustang GT offers 339kW and 556Nm.
According to Ford, the supercharger “provides greater, smoother throttle response, drivability and engagement for a potent yet refined, comfortable daily-driver characteristics.”
“With a 2.65-litre capacity and 12PSI of boost, it enables more power throughout the rev range with reduced noise and vibration for greater refinement and comfort. The system includes an aluminium high efficiency intercooler and full-face radiator, fed by the larger front air intake specific to R-Spec,” the company says.
It's not just about the engine, underneath, the R-Spec gets firmer Ford Performance springs that ride 20mm lower than the regular Mustang GT, and the MagneRide suspension system features a unique software calibration which adjusts the damping rate 100 times a second.
The handling package also includes adjustable stabilizer bars fitted: 37mm (+5mm) front and 25.2mm (+3mm) rear, for greater control and agility.
There’s also an active sports exhaust and staggered black 19-inch alloy wheels, measuring 9.5-inches wide at the front, and 10-inches wide at the rear, an increase of 0.5mm for both. They’re wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres which use three different compounds across the tread face for greater dry grip and reduced rolling resistance.
The exterior is differentiated by matte black side-stripes, along with a black gloss off-set striping, mirror caps and rear spoiler. There’s also a unique lower front valence with a larger air intake and black surrounds for the LED daytime running lights. Each car will also be individually numbered and badged.
On the inside, the specs mirror that of the MY2020 Mustang and include the fully-customisable 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and the Sync 3 infotainment system.
Ford and Herrod are backing the Mustang R-Spec with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, and a capped-price service program for 24 months or 40,000kms (whichever comes first). It should be noted, the Mustang R-Spec service intervals are set at six months or 10,000km and cost $299 per visit under the capped-pricing structure.
The Mustang R-Spec will be available through Ford dealerships in early 2020.
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