Video: 2020 Ford Mustang R-SPEC – Four-minute Fang (POV)

Welcome to another instalment of our Four-Minute Fang POV video series. For this one we’re taking the mental Ford Mustang R-SPEC for a sprint along a spirited road. With 700hp on tap, this was a beast and a half.

The Ford Mustang R-SPEC is an Australian-exclusive model. It features the GT’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8. However, it also adds a Ford Performance Roush 2650 supercharger kit. It was put together by Ford Australia with help from Herrod Performance. Herrod also supplies an active exhaust system with black quad-outlet tailpipes.

Just 500 of these machines hit the local market, making it quite a rare muscle car. Only four colours are available, including bright Twister Orange as featured on this test car. All come with unique 19-inch Ford Performance alloy wheels, measuring a fat 10 inches wide on the back.

Even so, the 275/40 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres do struggle to get the power down at times. That’s because the engine belts out a colossal 522kW. That’s 700hp, or 710PS. Ford hasn’t mentioned the torque figure, but we’re going to suggest it’s somewhere in the region of a million.

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The interior has been only lightly tweaked, with a cool Ford Performance black ball-like gear shifter for the driver, Ford Performance sill plates, and a special build plaque. Other than that, you get the leather-clad sports seats from the GT, with power adjustment, as well as the standard 8.0-inch touch-screen with Ford’s SYNC 3 operating system. There’s even a 12-speaker B&O sound system.

Despite being a 700hp muscle car, it’s amazing how normal and easy it is to drive. It sounds really nice, too. Not too loud or crackly. Instead, the engine produces quite a deep and refined note. Check it out for yourself in the video below. Our full review and 0-100 video is coming soon.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.