Roush boosts F-150 to 600 horsepower

Larry Edsall
Special to The Detroit News

There are various ways to soup up your new pickup. You can head to the auto parts store and buy go-fast equipment and suspension lift kits and such, and hope you bolt them on properly, because you’re likely to void your truck’s warranty. Or you can start right at the dealership and order a higher-performance truck that’s ready to roll.

Such a truck is the now-available 2016 Roush F-150, which is a new Ford F-150 that has Plymouth Township-based Roush Performance as its manufacturer of record, which means a full 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 7-year/70,000-mile assurance on emissions compliance (in states other than those that use California’s more strict requirements).

Oh, and it also means you get a truck with 600 horsepower and other performance enhancements, as well as warranties that are transferable to a subsequent owner.

The price is $22,600 on top of the price of your new Ford truck, but let’s put that in perspective: Just before we talked with Justin Schroeder, director of vehicle operations at Roush Performance, a 1957 Ferrari sold in France for a world auction record price of more than $35 million.

“And we have more horsepower than that Ferrari,” Schroeder said as we talked about the cost of the newest Roush vehicle.

Vehicles sold at auction are presented “as is, where is,” but you can take delivery of a 2016 Roush F-150 through any Roush-affiliated Ford dealer.

Roush boosts the output of the truck’s 5.0-liter Ford V-8 engine by adding a Roush TVS 2300 supercharger. In stock form, the engine supplies 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. With a Roush supercharger, those figures grow to 600 and 557, respectively. Roush’s supercharger includes Eaton’s new Twin Vortices Series technology with twin four-lobe rotors twisted to 60 degrees.

Schroeder said the truck is plenty strong enough to deal with such power, but to get it to the road smoothly in a truck as light as the aluminum-bodied F-150, Roush adds a Roush/Fox 2.0 Performance Series Suspension System which also is designed to make the truck is as good away from off-pavement as it is on it, plus 20-inch Roush wheels wrapped with Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires in a 305/55 aspect ratio. Roush also adds a side-exit exhaust system. The new suspension also lifts the front of the truck some two inches to enhance its stance.

Roush completes the package with a Roush front grille and fender flares, front bumper cover, hitch cover, graphics package, interior serialized badging and even special Weathertech floor mats. Special leather seating surfaces will soon be offered.

Schroeder notes that the truck has been engineering development for more than two years and has been undergoing dynamic testing — hot- and cold-weather testing, mileage accumulation, emissions certification, durability, etc. — for a year.

He noted that the truck has to meet the same standards as any OEM product. For example, while an aftermarket exhaust system might be certified after only 4,000 miles of testing, as manufacturer of record Roush has to assure an exhaust system life of 150,000 miles.

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at ledsall@cox.net.