What Is the Roush Mustang?Last Updated August 4, 2019
Jack Roush’s ties with the Ford Motor Company date back to the 1960s when he worked as a Ford engineer. In 1995 Roush formed Roush Performance Products.
While Roush’s newly created company initially focused on developing street-legal high-performance aftermarket engines, parts, and vehicles, it eventually began to manufacture complete vehicle packages, including numerous Mustang variants. Roush has produced three generations of Mustangs over the years.
Three Generations of Roush Mustangs
The Roush Mustang made its debut in 1997 and consisted of three packages known as Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Each stage provided progressively more in the way of features and options. The highlight of the package was the Stage 3 Mustang, which was essentially a heavily modified Mustang GT with an upgraded 4.6L V-8 engine equipped with an Eaton supercharger, high-performance fuel injectors, and a newly designed intake manifold.
The second generation of Roush Mustangs lasted from 1999 to 2004 and also included three Mustang packages offering various interior and exterior tweaks. Roush continued the three-stage concept for the third generation that began in 2005, while also releasing a variety of special-edition Roush Mustangs along the way.
Newly Redesigned Roush Mustangs for 2010
In 2010, Roush Performance Products unveiled a completely revamped three-stage Mustang lineup that was highlighted by the Roush 540 RH Mustang. This high-performance vehicle featured a 540 hp output and was able to cover a quarter mile in less than 12 seconds. According to Jack Roush, the 540 RH was designed for the car buyer who wanted a high-horsepower ride that also offered maximum flexibility to customize the vehicle to meet the owner’s unique preferences.
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In 1995, Jack Roush formed Roush Performance Products. Two years later, Roush debuted the Roush Mustang which consisted of three packages: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Each stage provided progressively more in the way of features and options.
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