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SEMA: 2020 JACK ROUSH EDITION FORD MUSTANG ECLIPSES SHELBY GT500

Roush Will Only Build 70 Copies Of This Commemorative Muscle Car

Ford Mustang Jack Roush Edition

This is the most powerful Ford Mustang ever offered by Roush Performance. As it should be, because why else would it have found Jack Roush’s name and signature on it to celebrate this milestone during the 2019 SEMA Show? It’s also one of the most exclusive vehicles ever offered by the performance upfitter – as the massive company is so much more these days than a simple tuning shop. Only 70 of these Mustang muscle cars will be made, with 60 of them allocated for the United States, and the other ten for export.

Here are the details:

Because the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is so new, the Jack Roush Edition is actually based off of the proven Mustang GT platform and its familiar 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. Thanks to the addition of a supercharger, this pony now punches out 775 horsepower and 670 pound-feet of torque. That’s 15 hp more than the factory Shelby GT500, plus another 45 lb-ft of torque on top of it. But with all of that power comes a lot of heat, so Roush made sure to add a vented hood, a larger radiator, as well as cooling for the transmission and differential.

Outside of the engine bay, we see several design cues that make the Jack Roush Edition Ford Mustang unique from the stable. The main attraction is an active rear wing made from carbon fiber, while the magnetic ride suspension gets a specific calibration from Roush. 6-piston Brembo brake calipers then provide the stopping power, while Roush also added a set of its own forged wheels. The tires are Continental ExtremeContact Sports.

For the privilege of being one of the lucky few to own one, the Jack Roush Edition Mustang package commands a premium $50,995, on top of the ~$35,000 Ford Mustang GT. That’s essentially Shelby GT500 money, but its rarity will keep this Roush Mustang standing out from even the most elite of factory offerings from Ford Motor Company.

That said, considering all of the breaking Ford Mustang news during the 2019 SEMA Show, buyers with the wherewithal do have options. One of which is the freshly announced Shelby American Mustang GT500 Dragon Snake, or what we here at MC&T like to refer to as the “Shelby-Shelby Mustang”. This powerhouse pony was built for the drag strip, but is nevertheless road legal, and has 800 horsepower under the hood – more than the Roush. Ironically, more powerful than the GT500, the Dragonsnake and the Jack Roush Edition is the Mustang Lithium Concept – an all-electric muscle car with 900 horsepower.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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