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Roush Performance : Tuners

As written by Steve Turner:

These days, hot-rodded versions of our beloved Mustang are as plentiful as teen pop groups, though the Mustangs actually offer some substance. The latest entry into this crowded and competitive segment is a name you’re likely familiar with–Roush Performance. Yes, that Roush, the one with more than 230 racing victories. Jack Roush is the guy who has fielded successful race teams in NHRA, IHRA, SCCA, IMSA, NASCAR, and IRL. This is also the same Jack Roush who heads Roush Industries, an engineering and design firm that often does the legwork for auto manufacturers, particularly Ford Motor Company.

We’ve heard this story before, but when the principals at Roush Performance tell you their Mustang isn’t a tuner car, you’ve got to give them the benefit of the doubt, as Roush Industries likely helped design at least part of the Mustang leaving the Ford factory. So, in effect, Roush Performance used its intimate knowledge of the development of the Mustang platform to reverse engineer a next-generation musclecar, the Roush Stage 3 Mustang.

So as not pull the exclusivity carpet out from SVT, Roush starts out with an ’01 Mustang GT and options it up with a host of appearance, handling, braking, and performance modifications to create the Stage 3. Chief among those modifications is the addition of an Eaton roots supercharger configured for six pounds of boost and run through an air-to-water intercooler. All told, this combination accounts for 360 hp at 5,250 rpm and 375 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. Better yet, the power is as smooth and quiet as to make you believe it could have rolled out of the Ford factory.

Package that torque grunt behind a stylish body package, five-spoke wheels, and a supple suspension, and you end up with quite a Mustang. If there’s a downside to the Roush Stage 3, it’s that most of us won’t be able to own one. Roush plans to construct about 700 Stage 3 Mustangs in its new Livonia, Michigan, build facility. From that allotment, buyers can order a Base Stage 3 for $39,500 plus Ford options, a Rally Stage III for $44,050 plus Ford options, or a Premium Stage 3 for $48,975.

As you can see, 12.9/111 quarter-miles, 4.3-second 0-60s, and 0.9g pulls don’t come cheap. But, for those who can afford it, a Roush Stage 3 isn’t likely to disappoint.

Horse Sense: If your accountant won’t approve a Stage 3 Mustang, Roush Performance also offers Stage 1 and Stage 2 Mustangs with many of the appearance and suspension parts found on the Stage 3. The company also offers tuned-up F-150s, Expeditions, Cougars, and–soon–Focus through its network of dealers.

ROUSH celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2010. What began in 1976 as Jack Roush Performance Engineering is now recognized internationally as a premier provider of automotive engineering and systems integration solutions, with over 2,500 employees in facilities across the globe.

ROUSH Performance, established in 1995, designs, engineers, and manufactures niche vehicles and vehicle component packages, offering customers the perfect blend of 30 years of technological expertise and ROUSH’s innate passion for performance. In 2001, RPP launched the ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, recognized by critics as a finely engineered performance vehicle that is as exhilarating to look at as it is to drive. Currently offered in over 450 dealerships around the country, The ROUSH Performance line of products exemplifies the art of performance engineering.

Our success remains deeply rooted in the core values that are unique to ROUSH: reliance upon the talent of the individual, a disciplined work ethic, scrupulous attention to detail, and an acutely intense desire to be the best. We continue to seek innovative methods of providing our customers effective, efficient services and solutions.

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