Pretty soon, we’ll have the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 available in the U.S., and we already have the GT350 and GT350R. The former manages a whopping 760 horsepower, while the latter gets by with 526. But what if you want something in the middle? That’s where this 700 horsepower Mustang R-Spec comes in. When it goes on sale, this limited edition Mustang will cost the equivalent of $67,450, which is slightly cheaper than the full-on GT500. But there’s one catch.
You can’t buy one. (At least if you’re American.)
This 500 unit Mustang R-Spec came about as a partnership between Ford Australia and tuner Herrod Performance. It’s a right-hand drive limited model exclusive to Australia, and is based on a Mustang GT with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. To that, Herrod fitted a Ford Performance Roush supercharger. The result is 700 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.
The 2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec also gets Ford Performance magnetic suspension, lowering springs, and adjustable stabilizer bars. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires help put all that extra power down to the ground. Herrod Performance also fitted an active cat back exhaust to the mix, so this should sound godly.
Ford decided to show this particular Mustang R-Spec in Grabber Lime (one of the Mustang’s best colors, in my opinion), but Australian fans can buy this car in Velocity Blue, Twister Orange or Oxford White as well. The R-Spec also get stripes down the hood and sides, as well as unique badging and a serialized badge on the instrument panel.
You can build this yourself (sort of)
Yes, we will not see the R-Spec here in the United States. However, you can more or less build your own version thanks to the Ford Performance parts catalog. Specifically, you can spend $7,699 to buy the 700 horsepower supercharger kit for your Mustang GT. Spec your Mustang in one of the R-Spec’s colors and add the Performance Package – Level 2 to your build sheet, and you’re pretty much there.
At any rate, this Mustang R-Spec is a cool limited edition Australian customers can order from their local Ford dealership. Would you prefer something like this, or a Shelby GT500? Let us know in the comments!