Ford Australia has teamed up with Herrod Performance, the largest distributor of Ford Performance Parts outside North America, to make the Mustang R-Spec.
A special edition of the popular muscle car, the Mustang R-Spec is aimed exclusively at the Australian market and will be offered in a limited run of 500 units, sold through Ford’s dealerships. Each one will start at AU$99,980 (US$67,367) and will be available for pre-order from October 10, with deliveries kicking off early next year.
Joining the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost and naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 GT, the limited edition is powered by a supercharged version of the V8, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The official performance figures have not been released yet, though Ford says it will be much more powerful than the 345 kW (469 PS / 462 hp) Mustang Bullitt. It is believed that it will have some 520 kW, or 700 horsepower, which would make it the most powerful car Ford has ever sold in Australia.
Compared to the regular GT, the new Mustang R-Spec sits 20 mm (0.8 in) closer to the ground courtesy of the shorter springs, and features standard MagneRide suspension, a system that adjusts the damping rate 100 times per second. For improved cornering, thicker adjustable stabilizer bars have been added at the front and rear. The car also features a unique Herrod Performance exhaust system, with Quiet, Normal, Sport and Race Track modes, and rides on 19-inch Ford Performance alloy wheels, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Each car will also be individually numbered and adorned with special decals.
Standard gear includes the SYNC3 infotainment system with smartphone integration, satellite navigation system, climate control and B&O premium audio. The sports seats, 3-spoke steering wheel and 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster are also included, along with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and self-levelling headlights.
“We have been working hard with Herrod Performance to deliver a supercharged Mustang to Australian customers”, said Ford Australia and New Zealand CEO and President, Kay Hart. “Now, working with Herrod Performance, we’ve been able to bring this special edition Mustang to Australian customers through our extensive dealership network, and with the peace-of-mind of five-year, unlimited kilometer warranties backed by Ford and Herrod.”