All new for the 2013 ROUSH Ford Mustang lineup is the ROUSH RS or “ROUSH Six” package. The ROUSH RS is based on the 3.7L-V6 Ford Mustang and receives an array of ROUSH engineered styling and handling components. Gary Jurick, General Manager of ROUSH Performance, states “The RS opens a new niche for ROUSH Performance, offering great fuel economy, a good level of power, at an economical price, while still embodying ROUSH’s spirit of performance.” The RS package starts at $4,000, pushes out 305 horsepower and gets up to 31 mpg highway.
The Stage 1 Mustang is the introductory model and the foundation from which all ROUSH “Stage” Mustangs grow from. It features the ROUSH styling at a price point. The ROUSH Stage 1 features a vast array of exterior styling enhancements including the 6th generation body package, referred to as the “R6” aerobody package.
Starting at the front of the car are the newly designed ROUSH upper grille, high-flow lower grille, corner fascia aero pockets with driving lamps and front chin splitter. Moving towards the back are the ROUSH rocker panel and rear fascia side splitters to give the car an aggressive, low stance. At the rear of the car sits the ROUSH three-piece rear decklid spoiler giving the car a sleek look without obstructing the view out the rear window. Rounding out the tail end is the new ROUSH rear aero valance featuring race-inspired diffusers and integrating ROUSH’s new dual chambered, chrome exhaust tips.
Exterior identifiers include a ROUSH front windshield banner, Stage 1 badge in the upper grille, ROUSH “R” fender badges, and on the rear decklid are a Stage 1 badge, a faux gas cap “R” badge and finished with Jack Roush’s signature graphic.
Interior branding touches on the Stage 1 contain ROUSH embroidered floor mats, a ROUSH center console button, a Stage 1 dash medallion, Jack Roush’s signature graphic on the dash and under the hood is a serialized Stage 1 plaque.
A broad selection of optional equipment is also available for the Stage 1 including exterior body, interior, suspension, braking and under hood components.
The Stage 2 Mustang is the intermediate model of the ROUSH “Stage” Mustangs. It includes all the exterior styling components featured in the Stage 1 and adds a performance handling package that is second-to-none. ROUSH chassis engineers spent thousands of hours in development and testing to create the perfect set up to allow the Mustang to carve corners like it’s on rails without sacrificing ride quality.
The Stage 2 Mustang suspension enhancements include a larger, stiffer front stabilizer bar to reduce body roll and provide balanced, neutral handling. It also includes twin-tube shocks with unique valving to keep maximum tire contact patch on the ground, even while driving on uneven terrain. The springs have an increased rate as well and are pre-set so they won’t sag. In addition, particular attention was paid to the bushings, for more compliance over low speed bumps and to the jounce bumpers, which are designed to act as a spring assist. To combat the wheel hop common with the Mustang, we designed a unique upper control arm to greatly decrease or even eliminate the rear axle hop. The last part of the ROUSH handling package includes 18-inch by 10-inch, cast aluminum, five-spoke wheels wrapped in super sticky, Cooper RS3 ultra high-performance summer tires that were co-developed by Cooper Tire and ROUSH Performance.
The Stage 3 Mustang is the pinnacle of the ROUSH “Stage” Mustangs. It builds off the styling from the Stage 1, the handling from the Stage 2, and adds its own piece of the pie, a supercharged 5.0L-4v powertrain. It is the perfect interfusion of styling, handling and brut power. The Stage 3 is everything a muscle car can and should be.
At the heart of the Stage 3 is the supercharged 5.0L-4v powertrain pumping out a massive 565 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque, more than enough power to crush you into the back of your seat at the stab of the throttle. Creating the extra power is the R2300 supercharger featuring Eaton’s® TVS (Twin Vortices Series) patented technology which delivers greatly enhanced thermal efficiency, produces higher volumetric capacity, and enables higher supercharger operating speeds, all of which allow for more power and better fuel efficiency in a smaller, lighter package. With the PCM calibrated by ROUSH engineers to the perfect combination of horsepower, drivability and durability, ROUSH feels completely comfortable offering an impressive 3 year/36,000 mile complete powertrain warranty.