The 2013 Roush Mustang Stage 3
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Introducing the 2013 Roush Mustangs, the most powerful lineup ever

The folks at Roush have been turning out high performance Ford Mustangs since the mid 1990s and after introducing the new Roush lineup based on the 2013 Ford Mustang GT – Jack Roush’s road-going performance division has unleashed their most powerful lineup ever.
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The 2012 Roush Mustang lineup includes Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 packages with power outputs ranging from the same 420 horsepower found in the standard factory-built Mustang GT all of the way up to the 565 horsepower monster that sports the Stage 3 badging. All of the 2013 Roush modified Ford Mustangs are powered by the 5.0L Coyote V8 with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission and all of the packages are available in either coupe or convertible form.

The 2013 Roush Mustang Stage 1 kit sticks purely to aesthetics and aerodynamics with the help of the new R6 (R6 stands for Roush 6th generation) body kit package. The 2013 Roush Stage 1 package starts up front with a unique upper and lower grille, large lower corner “pockets” with driving lights and a front splitter. Along the sides of the Roush Mustang, a Roush designed lower rocker sill and rear fascia that give the car a much more aggressive stance with the help of 18” Roush-specific wheels. The rear fascia also gives the rearend a race ready look, joined by a three piece spoiler and Roush’s new dual chambered exhaust tips. Finally, there are plenty of Roush badges inside and out – with Jack Roush’s signature on the dash and a serialized dash plaque.

Those who want more than just looks out of their 2013 Roush Mustang can opt for the Stage 2 package that improves handling and the looks of the car but does so without the pricey high performance engine package. The 2013 Roush Mustang Stage 2 package begins with all of the interior and exterior appointments found on the Roush Stage 1 package but the company adds suspension features that were designed through thousands of hours of intensive testing. Roush Stage 2 adds a large front stabilizer bar, twin tube shocks tuned for optimal performance while cornering, stiffer springs in the front and back, a full suspension bushing package and a unique upper control arm design that is intended to help prevent wheel hop under hard acceleration. Finally, the 2013 Roush Stage 2 Mustang includes 18 by 10 inch lightweight aluminum wheels wrapped in Cooper RS3 tires designed especially for the new Roush Mustang.

Last and most certainly not least is the 2013 Roush Mustang Stage 3 package which takes the exterior and interior goodies from Stage 1, the handling goodies from Stage 2 and adds an engine upgrade package that pushes the output from the standard 420hp and 390lb-ft of torque up to a far healthier 565 horsepower and 505lb-ft of torque. Helping the Roush Stage 3 engine make this power is an Eaton TVS R2300 supercharger and a PCM calibrated by Roush engineers to not just make all of that power – but to do it safely enough for Roush to offer an awesome 3 year, 36,000 mile powertrain warranty. This beats the 2012 Roush Stage 3 Mustang by 25 horsepower while also making it the most powerful Roush Mustang ever.

Unlike the new Stage 1 and Stage 2 Roush Mustangs that share interior features, the 2013 “RS3” comes with a unique interior upfitting that includes embroidered leather seating with soft suede inserts, suede door panel inserts and a suede shift boot that are all finished with contrasting stitching. Roush also adds a vent-mounted gauge pod with an LED boost gauge, Roush illuminated sill plates and a suede wrapped steering wheel to help set the interior of the high end Roush Mustang apart from the other two trimlines.

The key bit of information not included in the announcement of the 2013 Roush Mustang lineup is the pricing for the different stages but when that information becomes available, TorqueNews will be quick to bring it to those readers who are saving up their pennies for a new high performance post title Mustang package.


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