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Roush unveils new versions of high-performance Mustangs

Wed, 18 Mar 2009

Roush is synonymous with go-fast Mustangs, and on Wednesday, the company unveiled its latest--and potentially greatest--steeds, based on the 2010 Ford Mustang.

Roush will offer three versions at launch, topped by the 435-hp 427R Mustang. Prices will range from $34,847 for the Stage 1 model to a starting price of $43,051 for the 427R.

This is the fifth generation of Mustangs tuned by Roush. The first one launched in 1994. Since then, more than 15,000 have been produced. This year, Roush expects production to total about 2,000 units.

The 427R Mustang will have a 0-to-60-mph time in the low 4-second range and run the quarter-mile in the mid-12-second range. Braking from 60 mph to 0 is expected to take less than 115 feet. Lateral acceleration is expected to be at least 1.0 g on the skid pad.

Roush expects a reduction of tailpipe emissions of at least 38 percent and fuel economy will improve to about 22 mpg. The car does not qualify for the gas-guzzler tax despite the high performance, Roush officials happily pointed out.

Chairman Jack Roush said his 2010 model focused on capturing performance from previous cars but still included modern technologies.

By Greg Migliore