If you ever find yourself wondering how anything could be better than a Ford Mustang, it’s time to take a look at the newest edition of the Roush Stage 3 Mustang. The Roush Performance Company takes already amazing Ford vehicles and turns them into absolute beasts on the road.
To celebrate another year of incredible Ford upgrades, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about the Roush Stage 3 Mustang:
10. Jack Roush’s Nickname
Jack Roush, founder and CEO of Roush Performance, is often referred to as the “Cat In The Hat.” This is because this titan of the automotive industry is rarely, if ever, seen without his trademark Panama hat.
9. The First Failure
The first project that Roush took on was building a muscular twin-turbo Foxbody Mustang in 1988. Even though this prototype was impressive and powerful, Ford actually turned it down. Unfortunately, this version of the Mustang was expected to be too expensive.
8. Never Give Up
In 1996, Roush returned to Ford with the first Roush Stage 3 Mustang. In this first successful partnership with Ford, Roush offered several packages for the Mustang’s GT trim level. The State 3 package added 94 horsepower to the regular Mustang and started a beautiful friendship between these two companies.
7. The Roush Stage 3 Mustang Almost Disappeared
In 2010, Roush was in his private jet when there was a mishap. The plane crashed upon landing and was completely destroyed. Luckily, everyone came out with only minor injuries. Had Roush not made it, the Stage 3 Mustang we know and love today would have never been made.
6. Respect For The Military
Roush holds a deep respect for military service people. As an ode to this great country, Roush created the Warrior Mustang. This limited-edition Mustang was only available for servicepeople service overseas. With 670 total hp on the GT model, this Mustang makes drivers want to enlist just to get a chance to bring one home.
5. Mustangs Aren’t A Great Investment
While most vehicles lose value over time. Unless you’ve ended up with an iconic vehicle like the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake or the 1979 RUF 945R (which are worth a small fortune), your customized Mustang isn’t necessarily the best place to put your nest egg for the future. A Roush Stage 3 Mustang is, however, a great way to enjoy your time on the road today.
4. Better Than a GT500?
Roush created a Jack Roush edition of the Mustang in 2020. This version blows the top-tier Shelby GT500 out of the water. The Shelby comes with a 5.2-liter V8 (760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque) and jumps to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. The Jack Roush edition creates 775 hp and 670 lb-ft of torque. There were only 60 of these units made, which means this edition might actually appreciate over time.
3. Stiff Competition
It’s easy to imagine that the Roush Stage 3 Mustang is the only high-performance vehicle of its kind out there. While there’s not much competition out there, there is a Saleen S203 Black Label vehicle that will hit the market in 2020. This monster creates 800 hp, which is 25 more ponies than the Mustang.
2. A Roush Mustang Is Easier To Find Than You Might Think
While not every Ford dealer has a Roush model available for shoppers, there are actually 475 dealerships across North America that offer these amazing vehicles. You might even have one right down and road and not even know it.
1. There’s a Club For You
If you own a Roush Stage 3 Mustang or just admire this incredible ride, there is something called a Roush Road Crew meant for you. This club hosts a variety of events all over the country. Joining doesn’t require that you own a Mustang, but it does come with a $35 annual fee.
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