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2014 Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang

trd420

Go Kart Champion
Location
Richmond, ca
To Roush or to Shelby, that is the question

TESTEDIt’s hard to do anything but love the basic goodness of the Ford Mustang. Its brutally simple reci*pe ensures not only lots of old-fashioned fun behind the wheel, but also an enormous aftermarket that can, for a price, one-up the factory’s effort with greater style and performance. But with today’s stock Mustangs being so well sorted, adding to the formula doesn’t necessarily improve the outcome.


Roush Performance in Plymouth Township, Michigan, founded by racing icon Jack Roush, currently of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing, has been tuning fast Fords since 1995. Roush has the engineering talent to develop a seemingly formidable street package, such as promised by this $65,980 Stage 3 Mustang based on the 10Best-winning GT model.

Here is the most extreme turnkey pony car Roush offers through select Ford dealers, complete with a three-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty. It includes the cosmetic and suspension mods of Roush’s lesser Stage 1 ($4500) and Stage 2 ($7950) kits, along with more power under the hood. The centerpiece of  the $17,000 Stage 3 upgrade is an Eaton TVS supercharger that huffs eight psi of  boost into the otherwise stock 5.0-liter V-8. The company says that’s enough to increase horsepower from 420 to a tire-shredding 575, with the bulk of the gain found near the engine’s 6750-rpm redline. Despite claimed torque also rising from 390 pound-feet to 505, actual forward thrust feels surprisingly similar to our long-term 2013 Mustang GT’s with a six-speed manual, Track package, and 3.73:1 axle ratio.


About the only thing not Roush-branded here is the rubber. And you better like the name because you’ll pay big money for it.

The test track confirmed our suspicions, as the 126-pound-heavier Roush could only tie the normal car’s 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph. It did beat, by a tenth and 3 mph, the stocker in the quarter-mile, running a 12.9 at 114 mph. Both figures slightly trail our best from the dearly departed 444-hp Boss 302 and are a full second behind the 662-hp Shelby GT500’s. Handling and braking data, as well as overall feel, are also similar to the GT’s, despite the Stage 3’s lower and firmer suspension system (new shocks and springs, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and a rear axle upper-control link); a $2350 performance brake option; and $1115 20-inch wheels shod with 275/35R-20 *Cooper Zeon RS3-S rubber. When *confronted with our less-than-stellar results, Roush confirmed that the blown 5.0’s power levels were accurate, despite our lingering reservations.

So what else do you get with the Stage 3 and our car’s additional $10,890 in Roush options? For starters, you get 67 badges, stickers, and ornaments with the word “Roush” or the company’s signature “R” on them. You also get aggressive body extensions, a Boss 302–style X-brace where the rear seats used to be ($1975), and a barrel-chested exhaust system ($525) that rattles eardrums like machine-gun fire in a drainage pipe. Roush does not do stealth.

Also included in our test car was an additional $3415 in special upholstery and Roush-themed interior upgrades, which curiously excluded one of the GT’s best features: the optional $1595 Recaro front seats. Overall comfort from the less-supportive chairs was still good and was made better by a well-controlled ride, light clutch effort, and a slick manual shifter.

The Roush is more adolescent and special than the GT without being punishing, and the build quality and warranty coverage are genuine assets. To say the Roush reminds us of the Boss 302 is the greatest compliment we can give it, even if the latter feels more refined and hums a sweeter melody through its factory side pipes.

If you like elements of the Roush treatment but don’t see the value in the full Monty depicted here, most of the Stage 3’s components are available separately for both coupe and convertible models with manual or automatic gearboxes, warranty included. Roush will even sell you additional engine packages good for up to 675 horsepower. But if you’re looking for a supercharged pony car with a famous racer’s name on it, you might first consider the $55,595 Shelby and the full backing of Ford’s engineers




 

maxtdi

Go Kart Champion
Location
Nor-Cal
Why anyone would get this over a gt500 is beyond me
 
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Balt21

Ready to race!
Location
Ohio
People get this instead of the GT 500 for the exclusiveness/rarity. Performance wise, it doesn't stack up to the GT 500 for the money, but you get the name/rarity. It's the same with Saleen Mustangs.

I've been to Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach 4 or 5 times and I pay more attention to the Roush and Saleen cars running around than the tons of GT 500s. In my area, I've only seen 1 or 2 Saleen or Roush cars, but I see GT 500s pretty often.
 

GTI_likeurmom

Go Kart Champion
Location
woke up in a new bugatti
Car(s)
2011 VW GTI
Exaclty. 12.9 in the 1/4 is pathetic for the price of that Mustang. Plus, their suspension is laughable. The way bar mounts are flimsy and would buckle under the weight of that car though a turn. Also, Cooper tires :lol:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J4NK_yXsMg

"a more respected brembo package" lol.


wtf the driveshaft isnt balanced to go higher than 147 mph!! my gti is faster already.:lol:
 

2013R

Drag Race Newbie
12.9? my bee would beat it. in top speed too..

how is it 575hp... lighter than my car.. and can only do a 12.9???
 

mk6medic

Go Kart Champion
If I were Roush, I would be embarrassed to put my name on this car.

Exclusivity? When I see a Roush around town, I laugh at them because I think the visual "upgrades" are hideous.

If you can BARELY beat the stock version for $17k more, you are doing something wrong. My brother has a 14 5.0 and I would bet that when he does some bolt ons and tunes it, it would beat this "Stage 3".

Huge thumbs down.
 

mk6medic

Go Kart Champion
12.9? my bee would beat it. in top speed too..

how is it 575hp... lighter than my car.. and can only do a 12.9???

Power is nothing if you can't get it to the ground....obviously this Roush has an issue.

It has a lot of issues! :lol:
 

Balt21

Ready to race!
Location
Ohio
Anyone buying any mustang for exclusivity is clinically psychotic. :lol: :lol: :lol:

To each their own. Are mustangs everywhere? Yes. Are Roush Mustangs everywhere? No.

Maybe the people in the above review can't drive?



EDIT: Realized that has a different package
 
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Balt21

Ready to race!
Location
Ohio
According to one of the comments, this is some guy's buddies car that is full bolt ons with E85 tune lol. It doesn't say in the description though.

It's hard to find stock cars.

 

Gunkata

Go Kart Champion
Location
Lombard, IL
A friend of mine sold his 997 Carrera S... for one of these :cry:
 
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