At a recent open house at Jack Roush’s “Jack’s Garage” in Livonia, Michigan, we had the opportunity to look at the latest 2010 ROUSH 427R Mustang. A local dealer had driven the latest from ROUSH over to the open house/car show and it drew quite a crowd when it pulled into the parking lot.
For more information on the 2010 ROUSH Mustang check out the ROUSH website.
This Kona Blue Metallic ROUSH 427R was build number 10-0075 and after seeing the 2010 reveal images online, it was nice to finally see it up close and in person. Our first observation after a quick walk around was the trademark ROUSH front fascia. The 2010 ROUSH front fascia looked great, it’s simple yet the look sets it apart from the standard 2010 Mustang GT or Shelby GT500.
Right above the new ROUSH fascia is the standard Mustang GT grill with a blacked out Mustang emblem. Mustang GT’s from the factory come with the pony emblem blacked out. We liked the look on the dark car.
Another trademark ROUSH item is the rear spoiler. The styling on the 2010 rear spoiler is rather tame compared to the ROUSH spoilers of past. We like the look, as it’s not overstated or boy racer-ish. The ROUSH rear spoiler accents the 2010’s newly shaped rear end and is the right length. It appears that all ROUSH Mustangs get a restyled ROUSH lower fascia with diffuser. The dark color combined with the black diffuser looked good for what they had to work from.
The 427R white graphics package went well with the Kona Blue color and it definitely says ROUSH from 200 feet away. You can’t go wrong with a hockey stick stripe on a muscle car and kudos to ROUSH for the retro themed graphics.
The 18” ROUSH five-spoke wheels look to be a carry over from a previous model year. The polished forged wheels are the right choice for the dark Kona Blue Metallic car. This particular 427R did not have the ROUSH big brake upgrade and it shows with the standard wheel. The stock GT brakes look OK but you might get a call out by a well-versed ROUSH Mustang aficionado asking the question, “Why you didn’t get the big brake package”?
Inside the Mustang, ROUSH made minor updates to an already upgraded factory interior. The 2010 Mustang interior has been a big talking point by the Mustang designers and ROUSH added aluminum pedals, gauges, floor mats, shifter and ROUSH emblems. One interesting gauge was the boost gauge mounted in the left driver AC vent. It’s easy to read in that position and I assume the vent will still provide a lot of cool air for those hot sticky summer days.
We did not get a chance to look under the hood but the ROUSH addendum sticker had listed a complete ROUSHcharged engine package producing 435 horsepower and 400 ft-lb’s of torque. I would feel confident that the engine updates and re-calibration is top notch as ROUSH engineers help Ford with a lot of their Mustang development work. I guarantee what they learn on Mustang development gets passed over to the ROUSH Performance team to apply on development cars.
We also noticed the $50,616.00 price on the ROUSH addendum sticker. Some might have sticker shock for a $50,000 Mustang, but considering the updates and it’s an early production ROUSH, I’m sure the dealer will have no problem selling it.