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

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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