Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
C6 vs. Roush Stage 3 - Battle of The $50,000 Sports Cars
Can the Roush Stage 3 beat the Z51 Corvette in a head-to-head comparison? We take them both to the track to find out.
'06 Roush Mustang Stage 3 Body Unitized welded steel unibody construction Powertrain Engine 4.6L V-8, iron block, cast-aluminum cylinder heads Intake Manifold Roushcharger supercharger, with integral intercooler, and air induction system Exhaust Rear-exit high-performance exhaust with chromed tips Valvetrain SOHC w/three valves per cylinder Compression Ratio 9.8:1 Bore x Stroke 3.6 x 3.6 Displacement 281 ci Horsepower 415 Torque 385 lb-ft Recommended Fuel Premium only Oil Capacity 6.0 qts, 5W-50 full synthetic Transmission TR3650 five-speed manual Shifter Roush short-throw shifter w/black shift knob Suspension Roush suspension system (front struts, rear shocks, front and rear springs, front and rear sway bars) Steering Type Rack-and-pinion with power assist Ratio 15.7:1 Brakes Front Roush brake kit with 14-inch front two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers Rear 11.8-inch vented discs with two-piston calipers Tires & Wheels Front Roush 18-inch chrome wheels w/BFGoodrich 275/40ZR18 Dimensions Wheelbase 107.1 in Overall Length 187.6 in Overall Width 73.9 in Overall Height 54.5 in Weight: 3,800 lbs w/driver Exterior Options Roush seven-piece aerobody kit (front fascia, front chin spoiler, hoodscoop, rocker panels, rear valance and rear wing), lower valance foglamps, Roush fender badges, decklid emblem, and front window banner, white stripes with white ROUSHCHARGED and windshield decal, Roush Mustang rear quarter-window louvers and locking lug nuts with key bag Interior Options Roush embroidered floor mats, aluminum pedals, Roush Stage 3 white-face gauges, sport leather seating, serial badge, Roush Mustang interior trim kit, Mustang trunk mounted tool kit Price as tested $51,635 '05 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Body Composite body panels, hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components Powertrain & Chassis Engine 6.0L LS2 V-8, cast-aluminum block, cast-aluminum cylinder heads Intake Manifold Composite Exhaust Rear exit Valvetrain OHV, two valves per cylinder with cam in block Compression Ratio 10.9:1 Bore x Stroke 4.00 x 3.62 Displacement 364 ci Horsepower 400 Torque 400 lb-ft Recommended Fuel Premium only Oil Capacity 5.5 qts Transmission Six-speed manual w/optional Z51 performance gears and 3.42 rear gears Suspension Short-/long-arm double wishbone; cast-aluminum upper and lower control arms; transverse-mounted composite leaf spring; and monotube shock absorber, Z51-specific performance tuned stabilizer bars, springs, and shocks; electronic traction control with active handling Brakes Front Power-assisted disc with ABS, Z51-specific 13.4 in cross-drilled rotors Rear Power-assisted disc with ABS, Z51-specific 13.0 in cross-drilled rotors Tires & Wheels Front 18 x 8.5 polished aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar P245/40ZR18 tires Rear 19 x 10 polished aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar P285/35ZR19 tires Dimensions Wheelbase 105.7 in Overall Length 174.6 in Overall Width 72.6 in Overall Height 49.0 in Weight 3,404 lbs w/driver Exterior Options Millennium Yellow premium paint Interior Options Ebony leather trim seating Preferred equipment group Price as tested $54,210