ROUSH RS Mustang – Entry Level Performance for Under $30K
The 2015+ V6 Mustang never gets any love from Mustang enthusiasts, often being the 4th choice in the GT, EcoBoost, 5.2L, and V6 vehicle options. But what it has become is a bit of a performance bargain since its 300 horsepower powertrain and options make it a fierce competitor compared to every Mustang manufactured prior to 2011. The stock six-speed manual transmission paired with the limited-slip differential can be purchased from any Ford dealer all for just over $24,600. Talk about a performance bargain.
V8 muscle car purist cringe when people talk about purchasing a V6 or EcoBoost Mustang, but world renowned tuner and Manufacturer of record, ROUSH Performance, decided to extend its performance to other engine applications. Meet the 2017 ROUSH RS Mustang.
“Even though the contributors at Mustang Fan Club would probably never purchase a V6 Mustang, we get it. The Mustang GT is attainable for every Mustang enthusiast, but if we had to, The 2017 ROUSH RS Mustang is a pretty badass choice!”
The 2017 ROUSH Mustang RS is a streamlined fusion of irresistibly good looks, stunning body lines, and a ferocious tone. The RS’s 3.7L V6 engine, produces 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque to get its 19-inch black GT Performance Pack wheels spinning. Considering the GT Performance Pack wheels retail for close to $2,400, the sub $30,000 price tag becomes more and more appealing.
The 2017 RS is outfitted with the ROUSH R7 Aero Fascia including a front fascia with aero pockets, high-flow upper grille with “RS” badging, a high-flow lower opening, front chin splitter, and performance driving lamps (on convertibles only). A hood scoop, body side scoops, and ROUSH fender badges compliment additional ROUSH touches including side rocker aero aids, a rear blackout panel with ROUSH badging, and a rear decklid spoiler (on fastbacks only). A ROUSH windshield banner and RS serialized engine bay plaque announce the RS’s heritage.
The RS offers plenty of opportunity for customization with the inclusion of the new-for-2017 RS side graphics, a hood graphic, and low-gloss black rear decklid spoiler (requires the matte black hood and side graphic options). If the black GT Performance Pack wheels don’t suit your taste, 20-inch Quicksilver or Polished wheels are each available wrapped in Ultra High Performance Cooper RS3-s tires. An optional Dual V6 Performance Exhaust System can be installed at the dealer for a more aggressive tone, while billet performance pedals and ROUSH leather seating options (leather upgrade with “RS” embroidery or a highlight stitch) provide additional creature comforts. Further options include a 6-speed ROUSH shifter ball, convertible styling bar, ROUSH trunk-mounted tool kit, ROUSH hood strut lift assist, and quarter-window scoops for optimum personalization.
Even though the contributors at Mustang Fan Club would probably never purchase a V6 Mustang, we get it. The Mustang GT is attainable for every Mustang enthusiast, but if we had to, The 2017 ROUSH RS Mustang is a pretty badass choice! Maybe a daily driver?