ROUSH Performance says their new Stage 3 comes fully-loaded with ROUSH body components. It is also equipped with a resonator exhaust, four-piston front brakes with 14-inch rotors and painted rear calipers with slotted rotors, and a new upper billet grille. The grille removes the fog lamps and streamlines the appearance of the new Mustang while improving cooling performance.
ROUSH’s partnership last year with Cooper Tires means you’ll have the option of 18-inch chrome wheels with high-performance Cooper RS3 tires or 20-inch chrome wheels with Cooper RS3 tires. The car also comes equipped with a new suspension system which consists of ROUSH front struts, rear shocks, front and rear springs, front and rear stabilizer bars, and jounce bumpers. In addition, the Stage 3 features an anti-wheel hop kit installed during the assembly process.
Under the hood you’ll find the same engine featured in the 2009 ROUSH P-51B Mustang. In order to achieve the current level of performance, ROUSH technicians had to replace many of the stock engine’s internal components with stronger parts including forged aluminum pistons (with an increased dish to lower the compression ratio from 9.8 to 8.6), forged steel H-Beam connecting rods and a forged steel crankshaft. The result is 540 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. How’s that for pony power? This puts the new Stage 3 in the same power range as Carroll Shelby’s new 2010 GT500 Mustang.
On the inside you’ll find ROUSH leather seats with an embroidered Jack Roush signature, four-piece performance pedals, ROUSH illuminated sill plates, short throw shifter with black or white ball, and a new interior Stage 3 badge with the car’s serial number engraved.
“The ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang has traditionally been among the halo vehicles of our lineup and I’m really proud that it sits atop the pecking order once again,” said Jack Roush. “This new iteration of the Stage 3 represents our highest horsepower and most sophisticated ROUSH Mustang yet, and is sure to resonate among our fans.”
According to ROUSH, the suggested retail for the 2010 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang is $59,945, which is based on current Ford incentives. The Mustang features a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and will be available with a manual transmission only. In all, a total of 103 will be made. ROUSH says you can expect to see them on dealer lots at the end of September.
For more information, check out the Official ROUSH Performance Web Site.