• Dec 19, 2007

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When Roush pulled the wraps off its new P-51A Mustang, we ventured a guess that it wouldn't take too long to sell out the 100 being produced for 2008. After all, it's the most powerful Mustang ever produced by Roush at 510 horsepower, and the car's personal connection with Jack Roush's love of both planes and automobiles is sure to make it an instant collector car. Well, it turns out we were right. In fact, Roush has received so much interest in the car that it has bumped the production to 151. It doesn't sound like much until you consider that's more than a fifty percent increase from the originally planned run of 100 cars.

While pricing hasn't even been announced yet, expect an MSRP of just over $65,000. That gets you Roush's latest supercharger, forged internal engine components, a custom lower and upper intake manifold, a custom fuel rail and high flow injectors, upgraded duel throttle body, and a high-capacity intercooler good for at least 510 horsepower. The P-51A also gets a Roush body kit, 14-inch brakes, upgraded interior, 18-inch wheels and tires, and a paint scheme inspired by the 357th Fighters Group that was legendary in WWII.

Follow the jump for the full details in the press release or check our gallery of the car from SEMA.

[Source: Roush]


PRESS RELEASE:

When Jack Roush pulled off the cover and unveiled the new 510-horsepower ROUSH P-51A Mustang at the SEMA Show in October, it took just moments before the telephones started ringing at the offices with dealers and consumers clamoring to get hold of the muscle car.

Although the ROUSH order bank isn't scheduled to open to authorized Ford dealers with final pricing until January, 2008, the post-announcement interest was enough for ROUSH management to re-assess the total number of ROUSH P-51A Mustangs that will be released to the public. Consequently, ROUSH Performance has decided to increase the production run to 151 units when these start build, anticipated to be the first quarter of 2008. It was previously announced that the production volume would be limited to 100 units.

"Certainly we anticipated that the ROUSH P-51A Mustang would be a popular car and sell quickly to our dealer base," said Joe Thompson, general manager of ROUSH Performance. "But I must say that we were a little surprised at just how fast the demand grew for this car so we worked with our suppliers to make ensure that an increased volume would be possible and can now announce that there will be 151 vehicles produced next year."

The ROUSH P-51A is easily the highest horsepower Mustang that the company has ever produced, and represents the first time that internal engine components have been upgraded by ROUSH technicians in their Livonia, Mich., facility. The stock Ford 4.6L, 3V engine will see a rebuild of several of the functional internal components, including a forged steel eight-bolt crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons with increased dish to lower the compression from 9:8 to 8:6, and forged steel H-Beam connecting rods. These upgraded parts were necessary for the stock Ford engine (which comes with 300 horsepower from the factory) to be able to withstand the additional power generated from the newest iteration of the legendary ROUSHcharger* supercharger system.

Additional alterations include a custom aluminum upper and lower intake manifold for the high capacity air-to-water intercooler and ROUSHcharger*. ROUSH installs a custom fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, a high-flow capacity fuel system, as well as a dual electronic throttle body.

The new ROUSH P-51A engine has a preliminary rating of at least 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. torque. It is anticipated that final figures may even be slightly higher than this when final testing and calibration is approved by the ROUSH engineering staff. As with all ROUSH vehicles, the P-51A will carry an industry-leading 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.

Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH Performance. To get a look behind the scenes at what goes on at ROUSH and how the vehicles and parts are designed, manufactured, tested and produced logon to www.ROUSHtv.com. In addition to the array of Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and crate engines are offered. For more information see your local ROUSH dealer, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      It ain't a P-51 unless it has a Rolls-Royce Merlin or Allison under the hood ;-D
        • 7 Years Ago
        How sweet would it be to have one of those Merlin engines under the hood of one of these things? Have you ever heard one running? It's like music.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how do you figure, both cars are in the high 3000lb within a hundred pounds of each other, both have close to the same horsepower and torqe numbers, look it up on wikipedia
      GT-R
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_GT-R
      • 7 Years Ago
      change the motto from "we obsessively cover the auto industry" to "we obsess over MUSTANG, GT-R and TUNDRA!

      Oh yeah and every wannabe who wants to shatter the production car speed record, add that in there somewhere.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know you can't seem to find humor behind the fact that we can't go a day without someone finding another special edition Mustang.

        I know it's automotive news but give me a break.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nobody's making you visit the site.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They have to fill the pages with something
        • 7 Years Ago
        They have to fill the pages with something
      • 7 Years Ago
      That motor needs to be in my Crown Vic. STAT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to chime regarding the GT-R.

      I love Mustangs, but no Mustang belongs in the $50K+ price bracket. It's a customized $25K car, no matter what you do to it. The GT-R is a ground-up supercar. Anyone who chooses this (admittedly pretty sweet) Mustang over a GT-R (or a Vette) is a fool if performance is the motivating factor.

        • 7 Years Ago
        This is by far one of the most intelligent comments I've heard in a while. I completely agree. I do think the gt500 would be worth the price at about $2k under msrp, but even then I would rather have a base GT and do what I want to it (kenny bell blower, different wheels, ground control suspension, baer brakes, etc...)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like that the aluminum engine is rebuilt with parts to handle the boost, so it has less weight than a iron block gt500 over the front wheels. But $65k is no joke, is there really 38 grand of good stuff over a base GT? I mean the fact that it is limited to 100, does that really matter, during a time of so many aftermarket mustangs? Maybe it does matter. My favorite aftermarket Mustang is still the PJ, tho, and there is high demand for that ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They might as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear autoblog. PLEASE stop posting unnecessary things about the Mustang, GTR, Challenger and the Subaru. They are fine vehicles in their own rights but you've gone overboard with them all, but most of all, the Mustangs. Your Mustang stories are like ticker tape, there's always more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL ...comes with a standard 3 seater front bumper bench for the pit crew.

      btw the 1987 3 series wants its front bumper back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the Nissan GT-R will eats this car alive even in stock form, and only for $5k more
        • 7 Years Ago
        and what do you base than on? simple opinion? 1/4 mile? Track? ignorance is bliss i guess
      • 7 Years Ago
      To all you folk complaining about Mustang and Tundra and GT-R articles. Why not contribute info about things you like? I'm sure the editor would welcome them.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is no editor, there is only Zuul.

        (Next year, special edition "Ghostbusters" Mustang. White, with yellow and black stripes down the side, the famous logo on the doors, and "We're ready to believe you!" on the back of the car.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, like I posted in the last thread about the P51 Mustang..........Mercedes should make the SL65 Me-109 edition and maybe the Brits can have the DBS Spitfire edition and oh, a Nissan GTR Zero edition and whatever the Russians drive............I can't imagine the road rage....
        • 7 Years Ago
        MiG's
        • 7 Years Ago
        The P-51*D* was the model famous for its air superiority, and the one most famously used by the 357th.

        The P-51A, amusingly, was criticized for its poor performance (at high altitudes, anyway). It wasn't until they stuck the Merlin engine in there (B model onwards) that the Mustang was really a superb all-round fighter.

        Memo to Roush: more time on research, less time on enormous front clips.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess the B52 version would not sell very well in Iraq.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Heck, lets go all out and make "Henry Ford Racist Edition" shall we.
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