Watching a bunch of guys on YouTube wreck their Mustangs because they don’t know how to control them is an interesting way to kill some time. But now we’ve got a feeling that we’ll soon be getting some fresh fodder thanks a specialists’ take on America’s best-selling vehicle: Roush Performance has long been synonymous with potent pony cars, and while that’s still the company’s bread and butter, toying with trucks like the popular F-150 seem to be a fun side project for the world famous tuner.
With its aluminum shell, high-strength military-grade steel frame, and potent 5.0-liter V8 at the ready, the “big boy version” of Ford’s famous pickup makes for a prime test mule regarding performance. Once equipped with custom body components, Roush graphics, a side-port exhaust system, various interior upgrades, and an all-new engine option that features a Roush 2300 TVS Supercharger, we think you too will reconsider the Raptor.
Churning out 600 stampeding ponies and 557 pound-feet of torque, it features Eaton’s Twin Vortices Series design that sports twin four-lobe rotors that twist 160 degrees, and are carefully designed, developed, and engineered in-house alongside Roush Performance. Meanwhile, that free-flowing side-exit exhaust system adds more power to the platform, and judging by Roush’s video, this is a pretty solid sounding exhaust note.But noise isn’t everything; the 2016 Roush F-150 also comes equipped with a slew of appearance tweaks, including a custom front grille with clearance lightning, a Roush front bumper cover with a supercharger air duct, fender flares with clearance lighting, a square “R” Hitch Cover, and various graphics. All of these external upgrades are precision-engineered using CAD/CAM design programming, a process that is commonly utilized by automotive manufacturers for OE-quality appearances, longevity, and fitment.
Roush teamed up with Fox in order to equip the F-150 with a specialized set of “2.0 Performance Series” suspension components, which come complete with re-valved coilovers and shocks with rugged dust boots and bushings. Roush has also equipped the 4×4 with its own set of branded 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3 305/55 tires, and complete with locking lug nuts and a key bag for when it’s time to swap on some fresh rubber.
But perhaps one of our favorite things about this kit (which starts at $11,100 and grows from there) is that Roush is backing its 2016 F-150 kit with an industry-leading three-year, 36,000 mile limited warranty, proving that quality and coverage should always be synonymous with one another.
Sure, you could wait for the forthcoming Raptor F-150, which will also come fully equipped with all kinds of crazy off-road add-ons, but if it ends-up costing the same amount as a Roush-tuned 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab at $50,000, we’ll opt for the extra 100 horsepower.