If you remember back in 2016, Roush announced their most powerful muscle car at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. But it was only lately that they actually showed us images and details of the so-called P-51 Mustang, packing 727 horsepower (542 kilowatts) under the hood. Now, the P-51 claims to be the company’s most powerful vehicle to date.
Ford Mustang GT’s ability to produce 727 horsepower (564 kW) and 610 pound-feet (827 Newton-metres) of torque comes from Roush’s Phase 2 2.3-liter Eaton TVS supercharger. The 5.0 liter V-8 engine is then complemented by the upgraded half shafts and a coilover suspension paired with 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels and a performance brake package to further aid its overall performance.
The Roush upgrade also comes with an adjustable exhaust system with a customizable sound profile, where owners can tune the exhaust note through the downloadable app on their phones. Owners can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic to accompany the huge engine.
Apart from the performance upgrade, Roush also makes tweaks on the car’s exterior. The car’s front fascia comes complete with a custom horizontal grille, carbon fiber front splitter, and a hand painted P-51 badge. For a sportier appeal, Roush adds more visual upgrades like larger side skirts and scoops, a new hood, completing the exterior with a set of black 19-inch Weld Racing wheels coated in Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires.
Moreover, as you enter the P-51’s cabin, you will see a lot of noticeable upgrades such as brown leather seats that match the sides of the door. These will likely remind you of the bomber jackets used by P-51 pilots. The seats will have the “P-51” logo, as well as the instrument cluster. A red shift knob replaces the original, performance pedals, and a special limited edition plaque has also been added.
The company said that only 51 examples of the 2017 model year P-51 Mustang will be made to keep its exclusivity, reflecting the name given to it. On top of the $33,195 asking price of the Ford Mustang GT that includes a 3 year or 36,000-mile warranty, the company will ask for an additional $42,500 for the upgrade alone. The only thing I can say is that, that is a lot of money for an upgrade.
Despite the huge price tag, I have got to admit that the Roush did an insane job with the Mustang, as they always do - by taking the conventional car and transforming it into something unorthodox. But we have yet to see this one in action we’re suspending judgement for now.