Roush Makes the 2017 Mustang Meaner for Under $30,000
Next to its turbocharged and V8-powered siblings, the base model Ford Mustang V6 may not get a whole lot of love. But what it has become is a bit of a performance bargain—complete with 300 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and a standard limited-slip differential—all for just over $24,600. That’s quite the recipe. Famed tuning firm Roush Performance has a few more ingredients to add, however. Meet the 2017 Roush Mustang RS. While Roush hasn’t upped the V6’s horsepower or fiddled with its nimble suspension, its RS package does add some quite aggressive looks without breaking the bank. And if you fancy one, Roush says the 2017 models are now up for grabs, on sale for less than $30,000. RELATED: This 85-Mile Mustang Cobra R is as Close to "New" as it Gets
To start with, Roush takes a 2017 Mustang V6 and gives it a sinister facelift, known as its R7 fascia. The process adds a new high-flow upper and lower grille, aerodynamic chin splitter, new driving headlamps, plus RS badging. Heading rearward, the RS package also adds a hood scoop, racy side scoops, more Roush badges, side skirt winglets, a deck lid spoiler for fastback models, as well as the 19-inch wheels from the Mustang GT Performance Pack.
Inside things get the Roush touch as well, replete with a new Roush gauge cluster, sill plates, floor mats, and a heady Roush windshield banner. Options include larger 20-inch wheels, a new shift knob, tool kit, quarter window scoops, and an aggressive performance exhaust.
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All told, the RS package adds about $4,500 to the starting price of a base model 2017 Mustang V6. Granted, the near $30,000 price tag for a V6-powered RS may prompt some to spend a bit more for the 435-horsepower Mustang GT, which starts at just over $32,600, but it is at least an option. Need more? Roush's Stage 3 Mustang package clocks in at around $55,000 and unlocks a tall 670 horsepower. Options are good.
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