June 1, 2013

More Roush for '14

Roush Performance describes its 2014 Roush Mustangs as "More power, more options, more performance." Each of the four models—RS V-6, Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3—begin life as a '14 Mustang before their transformation at the Roush Performance Speed Shop in Plymouth, Michigan.

Returning for '14 is the Roush RS V-6, where practicality meets performance. Powered by the Mustang's base 305hp powertrain with 31 miles-per-gallon fuel economy, the V-6 Roush packs a more affordable punch with upgrades like lowering springs, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a Roush aero body kit.

On the V-8 side, the Roush offerings start with the Stage 1, which adds visual pizzazz with the Roush-designed R6 aero body package that includes high-flow upper grille, lower grille eliminator, and corner fascia pockets with driving lamps and chin splitter, three-piece rear spoiler, and aero rear valance with diffusers. Building on the RS1, the Stage 2 upgrades the suspension with race-inspired components like a larger front stabilizer bar, increased spring rates, twin-tube struts and shocks with unique valving, Roush-designed anti-wheel hop kit, and 18x10-inch aluminum wheels with Roush/Cooper RS3 high-performance tires.

As always, the Stage 3 leads the Roush Mustang pack. It takes the styling of the Stage 1 and handling of the Stage 2, then force-feeds the 5.0L Coyote engine with a R2300 ROUSHcharger featuring Eaton's Twin Vortices Series technology for 575 horsepower. For even more performance, Roush has teamed with Ford Racing to offer their "Aluminator" forged engine as an upgrade option for owners who want to play with even more power. It beefs up the 5.0L for Phase 2 (625hp) and Phase 3 (675hp) packages available through the Roush Performance catalog.

New for '14 is the addition of Magnum Grey, Mat It Mango, Launch It Lemon, Marina Blue, and Punch It Purple to the Stage 3 graphic color lineup. Other options include a rear-seat delete with X-brace, dual-chamber off-road exhaust, and RS3 hood scoop for the RS1 and RS2.

All of the '14 Roush Mustangs are available in both coupe and convertible body styles with either manual or automatic transmission. For more information, visit www.roushperformance.com or call 800/597-6874.

Countdown to the 50th

On April 16-20, 2014, the Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two simultaneous 50th Mustang Birthday Celebration events hosted by the Mustang Club of America and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. The east coast event will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while west coasters will have their own show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Related activities start two weeks earlier with Great American Pony Drives from various locations to Mustang, Oklahoma, for the official kick-off weekend followed by east-bound and west-bound cruises to the Mustang 50th Birthday events.

Over the coming months, we'll be keeping readers abreast of the 50th anniversary happenings, adding updates as they become available. You can also visit the MCA website at www.mustang.org.

April 4-11, 2014
Great American Pony Drives
Jacksonville, Florida
Departs April 4
Richmond, Virginia:
Departs April 7
Boston: Departs April 6
Los Angeles: Departs April 4
Seattle: Departs April 4
Visit www.ponydrive.us for complete schedules and routes.

April 10-16, 2014
Mustangs Across America 50th Drive (see story elsewhere in Pony Tales)

April 11-13, 2014
Official 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Party hosted by the Mustang Club of America in Mustang, Oklahoma. Shows, special speakers, and shuttles to shopping. More details to come.

April 13-16, 2014
50th Anniversary Pony Drives from Mustang, Oklahoma, to Charlotte and Las Vegas. Visit www.ponydrive.us for schedules and stops.

April 16-20
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shows, open tracks, special activities and displays, manufacturer midways.
April 16: Pony Drive arrivals, vendors
April 17: Opening Ceremonies, birthday party, other activities TBA
April 18: Open track, parade laps, themed dinner, other activities TBA
April 19: Evening banquet, other activities TBA
April 20: Easter Sunrise Services, closing ceremonies