RTR Stage 1 Mustang Touches Down at 2018 L.A. Auto Show

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RTR Stage 1 Mustang Front Inside

Pro drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s latest RTR package now available on four-banger 2019 EcoBoost Mustangs.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. has an impressive resume in the world of motorsports, dominating the world of competitive drifting in his Ford Mustang race cars. His success in high performance Ford products led to his Ready-To-Rock (RTR) brand offering a line of aesthetic and performance upgrades for the Mustang and starting next year, you will be able to buy the pony car shown here at your local Ford dealership.

In working with Ford Performance Gittin’s company developed the RTR Stage 1 package for the 2019 Ford Mustang and beginning “in early 2019,” this is a package that you will be able to order from your local Ford dealership. With this package coming to market very soon, the Motor Company is using the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show to showcase the modified Mustang designed by the drift champ.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Taillight Panel

RTR Stage 1 Details

The RTR Stage 1 package for the 2019 Ford Mustang in EcoBoost or GT form and as either a fastback or a convertible.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Grille

On the outside, the RTR Stage 1 package adds a unique upper with LED accent lighting, a unique lower grille, hood extractor vents, a new rear spoiler, a unique taillight panel, graphics and badges. Interior upgrades include RTR floor mats, a new shift knob and a dash plaque signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Side

The heart of the RTR Stage 1 Mustang package is a set of RTR Tactical Performance lower springs that improve handling and provide a more aggressive stance while a set of RTR 19-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555 G2 tires further the look and improve tracton.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Wheel

Optional upgrades for the package include the Performance Pack spoiler with an adjustable Gurney Flap which is included on the vehicle on display in L.A., along with 20-inch wheels, a Ford Performance spring kit that is designed for use with the MagneRide dampers and a custom axle-back exhaust system.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Banner


The RTR Stage 1 kit for the 2019 Ford Mustang starts at $7,500 for all configurations of the car. The Ford Performance lowering springs add $105, the axle-back exhaust adds $959 and the 20-inch wheels add either $250 or $450 depending on the wheel style chosen.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Rear

Finally, on the RTR website, adding the Gurney Flap deducts $150 from the price, which seems odd so that might be a mistake on their website, but if it really costs less, that addition is a no-brainer for owners of Performance Pack-equipped cars.

RTR Stage 1 Mustang Front Outside

So, if you want the complete RTR Stage 1 package with all of the options for your 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost or GT, it will cost you around $9,000 over the cost of the standard car. If that sounds like something that you are interested in, you will be able to order your car sometime in 2019, but if you live in the Los Angeles area and you would like to check out an RTR car in person, one is on display for the 2018 L.A. Auto Show.

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Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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