Ford promised to bring 12 Mustangs to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. So far, we’ve only seen a few of them, but with SEMA drawing closer, we can at least expect to see more of these custom-tuned Ponies as the calendar approaches November 2014. The next Mustang on the list comes by way of MRT-Direct, and it’s dubbed the TKO (Technical Knock Out).

I don’t want to sound like I’m gushing here, but I do have a soft spot for flamboyant Mustang programs like this one. I must also admit that MRT calling the kit ’TKO’ is added brownie points.

The tuner created an extensive kit for the Mustang, upgrading its exterior, interior, engine, and chassis. In the process, MRT was able to cut down what it described as the Mustang’s “un-needed weight”. That’s a nice way of saying that this Mustang’s now light enough to be called a quick and nimble street racer.

MRT didn’t divulge how much power it added to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but we expect the full details of the program to be unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang TKO by MRT.

  • 2015 Ford Mustang TKO by MRT
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    415 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    2.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    45000 (Est.)
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Ford Mustang TKO by MRT In Detail

2015 Ford Mustang TKO by MRT High Resolution Exterior
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I doubt that there’s a whole lot more to the cabin given that MRT did strive to cut down the Mustang’s weight.

The TKO program provides an apt description of what the Mustang looks like with the orange and black two-tone finish. It’s also got a custom hood with heat extractors and custom paint effects, creating a more attractive appearance that belies the muscle car’s truculent performance capabilities. MRT also installed new front upper and lower grills, and a new splitter to go with a rear spoiler from 3D Carbon, tinted glass, and carbon-fiber effects from Hitechfx.

The Mustang’s new wheels are another point of pride for this program. The 20-inch orange Need for Speed wheels from Forgiato, which are wrapped in BFGoodrich Rival tires, aren’t just incredible to look at, but they’re appropriately named too.

The interior is relatively subdued compared to the aggressive exterior updates. From what I’m told, the TKO kit only features new Racetech seats and race harnesses, as well as a new Kicker Audio system. I doubt that there’s a whole lot more to the cabin given that MRT did strive to cut down the Mustang’s weight.

The most impressive aspect of this kit is that MRT was smart enough to enlist the help of expert engine tuners like SCT Performance and Vortech to upgrade the Mustang’s EcoBoost engine. The former was tasked to perform the custom tune while the latter provided its highly regarded air-to-air intercooler. Together, these two components help the muscle car improve its performance numbers. The exact figures weren’t disclosed, but I think it’s fair to say that there’s around 400 horses.

Going fast in a straight line is great, but you also have to control it. MRT handled this part by digging into its own parts bin and installing an Air Lift performance suspension kit and other unnamed chassis retooling. Stopping duties go to MRT Modified Performance Pac four-piston calipers squeezing 14-inch rotors. The brakes are cooled by MRT brake ducts.

Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang High Resolution Exterior
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Press Release

MRT-Direct, a Plymouth Michigan Based Company will produce a street legal track day road racing car that has all the goods. The MRT TKO (Technical Knock Out) is a 2.3L Ecoboost Mustang with road racing technology applied through out. The 2.3L Ecoboost is the power plant that the technical performance drivers have been waiting for. MRT has been the leader in integrating the OE design with Aftermarket Performance through our Systems engineering approach to vehicle integration. Our full service facility allows us to develop, fabricate and produce any product needed to make a world class car. The new chassis and powertrain of the 2015 Mustang will be the perfect platform to produce a quick nimble street performer with the occasional track day being ultimate venue for exploiting its capabilities. We will remove un-needed weight from the car, increase the power output of the Turbo charged power plant, lower the center of gravity for confidante road control, improved handling and braking for the occasional performance exploits. Styling will be clean, classy with subtle performance queues that celebrate the rich Mustang History. The paint and execution will be get your attention, the performance and overall presence of the car will get respect from the car enthusiast crowd.

Chassis and Powertrain:
Air Lift performance suspension with MRT tuned chassis
Vortech Air to Air Inter Cooler
New MRT Stainless Steel Exhaust, true to the MRT brand - a high performance stainless steel down pipe and complete 3 inch stainless exhaust
MRT Modified Performance Pac 4 piston, 14 inch rotor upgrade
New MRT Brake ducts
20 X 9.5 inch front and 20 X 10 inch rear Forgiato Need for Speed Wheels
BFG Rival tires (265/35/20 front 285/35/20 rear)
JMS Boost Max boost controller
JMS Pedal Max accelerator pedal map devise
SCT Custom Tune

Exterior:
MRT Custom hood with heat extractors
MRT custom paint effects
Shadow tinted glass
Hitechfx Carbon Fiber Affects
3D Carbon rear spoiler
New MRT Front upper and lower grill
New MRT splitter

Interior:
Racetech seats (driver and passenger side)
Racetech Race harnesses (driver and passenger side)
Kicker Audio system

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