For many, Jack Roush is synonymous with performance--primarily Ford performance. Roush's name has been attached to some of the fastest, most accomplished race cars and trucks in motorsport history. His company has grown from a small, part-time race shop into a multimillion-dollar performance development and engineering establishment frequented by manufacturers throughout the world. Roush Performance started designing Roush Mustangs in 1996 and keeps going strong, having built approximately 6000 vehicles since.
Roush's F-150 mods come in three levels: Tejano, Stage 1, and Stage 2, all of which are available on 4x2 and 4x4 platforms (Stage 2 is available only as a Styleside SuperCab). The Tejano package includes 20-inch chrome wheels with BFGoodrich performance tires, hood scoop, dual rear-exit high-performance exhaust, plus a Roush front windshield banner, rear-window decal, and graphic.
Stage 1 begins with the Tejano package and goes further, including a front chin spoiler with grille inserts, painted front factory bumper, sport suspension, Roush-embroidered floormats, and fender and tailgate badging. Stage 2 adds side skirts for the cab and box, rear bumper cover, rear wing, and wheel flares, all painted body color.
We tested a Stage 2 truck, further optioned with a dealer-installed Roush Roots supercharger ($4995 including installation), Roush leather seating ($1586), Performance Series instrument cluster ($383), Roush billet-aluminum pedals ($100), locking lug nuts ($45), and carbon-fiber interior dash trim ($405). Our tester also was configured with the F-150 rear roll-pan-delete option (-$495). Adding the $11,300 Stage 2 package and the Roush transportation fee ($700) to the F-150's $30,365 base price brings the total to $49,384.
Although this heavier, new-style F-150 SuperCab won't beat up on any lighter, old-style regular-cab SVT Lightning, its 405 horses offer a viable option to the much-loved model Ford recently chose to discontinue. The Roush is no slouch, running the quarter mile in 14.87 seconds at 91.4 mph; out-braking the last Lightning we tested, stopping from 60 mph in 120 feet; and cutting through our slalom test with a best of 61.3 mph.