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We’ve been without an SVT Lightning for years now and may be without one for a few more, so news of the ROUSH Stage 3 F-150 has found a happy home in our ears. Like the Stage 3 Mustang mentioned below, the F-150 gets a ROUSHcharger system that increases power of the truck’s 5.4L V8 up to 445 hp and a nice round 500 ft-lbs. of torque. The truck gets the visuals included with the Stage 1 kit and the suspension upgrades that come with Stage 2. A set of 20-inch rims, carbon fiber hood scoop and dual side outlet exhausts give the ROUSH pickup an extra dose of bravado to back up the newfound power.

Follow the jump for ROUSH’s official press release and an additional highrez pic.

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LIVONIA, Mich. (April 17, 2006) – There are trucks, and then there are trucks - and the new ROUSH Stage 3 version of the Ford F-150 certainly ranks among the highest predators on the truck food chain.

Now in production and available at dealers nationwide, the ROUSH Stage 3 F-150 flies down the road thanks to the 445 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque generated by the addition of a ROUSHcharger™ system. This is a substantial increase in power and performance over the 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque that is generated from the stock Ford factory 5.4L, 3-valve engine, and the entire truck, including the ROUSHcharger™ is covered by ROUSH’s industry-leading 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.

This vehicle was designed by the same engineers that have helped Jack Roush win 34 racing championships, including a pair at the elite NASCAR Nextel Cup level. The intercooled ROUSHcharger™ includes a custom calibration which optimizes engine performance and transmission shift points.

But the ROUSH Stage 3 F-150 is more than just engine. This package also includes the styling and body kit enhancements of the Stage 1 version, and the suspension upgrades that are incorporated into the Stage 2 version of the truck.

The tuned sport suspension system under the Stage 3 offers a balance between comfort and handling capability, without significant reduction in payload capacity. These engineered and tuned components include specially valved front and rear shock absorbers, increased rate rear leaf springs, front coil springs, and a large diameter solid front sway bar.

The ROUSH Stage 3 F-150 also comes with custom 20-inch rims and tires, both from the new line of ROUSH Performance wheels. Some of the exterior styling additions include a front chin spoiler, hood scoop with carbon fiber design insert, and the optional side skirts with dual side outlet exhaust tips, wheel flares and tailgate spoiler.

Other amenities include specially-designed instrument clusters, custom leather seats, billet aluminum grille and pedals, embroidered floor mats and much more. Of course, each ROUSH vehicle comes with an individual serial plate indicating that it was hand built by specially-trained ROUSH technicians at their Livonia, Mich., facility.

“There was no component on this truck that the ROUSH engineers overlooked. They went over the F-150 from top to bottom and changed any of the components that would help the performance or handling of the vehicle, all while keeping the rugged styling that ROUSH has become known for,” said Joe Thompson, general manager of ROUSH Performance Products.

Other options available for the ROUSH Stage 3 F-150 include dash trim kits, locking lug nuts, and striping packages. Still available are the Stage 1 and Stage 2 versions of the ROUSH F-150 for drivers wanting elements of the package, but not the complete ROUSHcharged truck.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmmm, this only seems natural that Roush try to keep up Saleen' new truck. My biggest gripes with these vehicles is the cost, and really how much faster (if any) will they be than 04 SVT F-150. Which you can get for mid 20,000 range.

      I'll stick to my current Lightning thank you very much...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Uh...what's wrong with the term "rims"? I'm not knocking you being upset ("peeved") about it...just trying to understand why it carries a negative connotation. I've always called them rims because I think people take wheels to mean tires (incorrectly, of course).
      • 9 Years Ago
      I know this isn't a "real" automotive news site, but the term is wheels, not rims.

      Just a pet peeve of mine...
      • 9 Years Ago
      57/43 really sucks if it is rear drive.
      Traditionally pickups are 60/40 for 4x4 configuration and 55/45 for rear drive.

      Now Ford has made their 4x4s so heavy that the overall balance has improved to 57/43. Making thing better by making things worse, good job Ford.
      • 9 Years Ago
      u guys are bitches this shit is badass id buy that if i had the cash ny day stop hatin homos just cuz it burns out better than ur dumpass car
      • 9 Years Ago
      So it's still top heavy and still got a front-biased weight distribution like any other truck. Seems like a waste of time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This truck will do a lot to keep gas prices down,,,,yeah, right.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Having all the power is all nice and dandy, but with hardly any weight on the rear wheels in these trucks its all sort of pointless. All you get when you put your foot down is a load of smoke! And I wouldn't want to try to drive that thing through a corner... :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hehe Charles Toure...you're so silly. Nobody will fall for your lies!

      And...its a TRUCK. why does anybody want a souped-up truck? I totally understand hauling around stuff and blah blah blah..but I just don't understand the reasoning for trucks like these. Why not invest that money in a 300C hemi or something instead?
      • 9 Years Ago
      the point of it is to have a vehicle you can haul your bike around with, but still have fun with. its also something that a taller person can be comfortable in.

      a hemi 300c is fine and dandy. but when you are hauling 2 dirtbikes on friday, cruising on saturday, and hauling a couch on sunday, a hemi 300c just isn't going to cut it. you could of course buy and insure a sports car for cruising, and a pick-up for hauling toys. but then you are driving a boring truck half the time.

      I know the car croud will never understand, and never try to understand the truck croud. but let me say this to the car guys: A truck can work like a car when it needs to, a car can never work like a truck(unless extremely modified into an el caminoesque vehicle)

      ps. weight distribution of a f-150 extended cab short box 5.4L: 57/43 which isn't horribly bad
      • 9 Years Ago
      the Ram SRT10 pack more power, faster acceleration, better handling, and should probably cost about the same after the truck + kit + install is done. need more? the Ford is maxed out. Hennessy can bump your Ram SRT-10 to over 1000hp....
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