• Nov 11th 2008 at 8:01PM
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Click above for a higher resolution image of the ROUSH P-51B Mustang

ROUSH wowed us last year at SEMA with the P-51A, an aviation-themed Mustang that combined Jack Roush's two favorite things: planes and cars. Customers apparently like the car too, because the initial production run of 51 was bumped up by 100 to accommodate the additional interest. The P-51 is back for a another year, now with a 'B' designation, along with a few new features to differentiate it from the previous model.

ROUSH has upgraded the 14-inch front brakes to include six-piston calipers, and the wheels are now painted in black chrome and wrapped with Cooper RS3 high performance tires. Inside, ROUSH has added one of their vent pod gauges to show boost levels. The rest of the P-51 remains relatively the same, including the 510 horsepower supercharged V8, full ROUSH suspension, and fighter plane design scheme. Full details are in the carefully worded press release after the jump, and we'll try and get the guys over at ROUSH to send some more photos.

[Source: ROUSH]

PRESS RELEASE:

ROUSH® Performance continues their homage to the legendary World War II fighter plane with the 2009 P-51B™ Mustang, the second aviation-themed pony car from the Michigan-based manufacturer. This car, based on the 2009 Ford Mustang chassis, will be limited to just 51 numbered production vehicles in the 2009 model year^.

As with the previous 2008 ROUSH P-51A™ Mustang, introduced at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the 2009 P-51B will also have 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque matching it as the most powerful ROUSH Mustang ever produced. In order to get this type of power from the Ford 4.6L, 3-valve engine, ROUSH technicians replace many of the internal components with stronger parts including forged aluminum pistons (with an increased dish to lower the compression ratio from 9.8 to 8.6), forged steel H-Beam connecting rods and a forged steel crankshaft and there is an upgraded high-capacity fuel delivery system installed. ROUSH also upgrades the clutch and includes a custom-calibration for the ECM to manage the performance of the next-generation TVS2300 ROUSHcharger®.

Among the changes for the 2009 P-51B are a secondary sheave FEAD, the addition of the ROUSH 6-piston brakes which can be seen through the new black chrome wheels, and a ROUSH vent pod gauge with a boost gauge. The car will be fitted with the new Cooper RS3 ultra-high performance tires, which, combined with the ROUSH Stage 3™ suspension will give a road-hugging ride and nearly unmatched cornering ability. The Ford factory Vapor paint code will be accented with Olive Drab green badging to match the World War II motif, and a rear decklid black-out panel is included. The P-51B logo adorns the shifter ball, floor mats and is embroidered into the leather seating. Further matching the history of the fighter plane, which often saw different metal panels used to patch the planes back into flying and fighting condition, the six-piece ROUSH aerobody kit will have both Vapor and Silver colors utilized for a subtle, but highly unique, look on the road.

The 2009 P-51B continues the yellow and red checkerboard accents which pay tribute to the brave pilots of the 357th Fighters Group, Eighth Air Force ETO (European Theater Operations) who were unofficially known as "The Yoxford Boys" after a village near their base. Its victory totals in air-to-air combat are the most of any P-51 group in the Eighth Air Force and third among all groups fighting in Europe. The 357th flew
313 combat missions between February 11, 1944 and April 25, 1945 and is officially credited by the US Air Force with having destroyed 595.5 German airplanes in the air and 106.5 on the ground.

Jack Roush has played a major role in designing both the 2008 ROUSH P-51A and the new 2009 P-51B Mustang, which ties into his affection for both the history of the fighter plane as well as his hobby of restoring and flying them.

"The 2009 ROUSH P-51B is really the closest thing we can do to truly match the performance and styling of the fighter plane," said Jack Roush. "Just like the airplane, the P-51B Mustang has the power to outrun most anything, can turn like virtually nothing else, and will make those other 'pilots' have second thoughts before engaging in a skirmish."

The 2009 ROUSH P-51B is now starting to arrive at ROUSH-authorized Ford dealers and has a suggested retail pricing starting at $65,800 including destination fees and gas guzzler taxes. The few options available include a ROUSH trunk tool kit, enhanced ROUSH resonator exhaust and an Escort Passport 9500ci radar/laser defense system. As with all ROUSH vehicles, the 2009 P-51B has 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.

^In addition to the 51 serialized units, ROUSH may build some non-serialized additional press and/or test vehicles above this number.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      So when is the 2010 mustang coming out anyways?
        • 6 Years Ago
        what I meant was. when is it going to be fully reveal?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is design is good? i don't know it.

      It look like a high school student car for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Design is good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Joe, I've seen your "Mustang look like high school student car" comments before in other posts.

        I mean this sincerely, buy yourself a Mustang, and attend one of these high schools. Your grammar will thank you for it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im tired of the countless 'special' versions of the Mustang.

      It's outdated racing stripes in red blue yellow orange with plenty of air scoops and body molding. It's hard to keep track and dilutes the Mustang brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it since I love Roush Mustangs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I am tired but not of the variants, but the fact that I don't see much of these tuners shedding significant pounds from the Mustang. But I'm all about the tuning wars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live right next to the Saleen plant in Irvine, CA and have been in the facility but if I wanted a Mustang I would get a Roush Mustang. They are much better around a track than any of the other aftermarket mnfgs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      im not particular to mustangs. but that's a good looking car
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is the best Mustang variant I've yet seen.

      Now I want it with David Wiles' bubble canopy, machine guns, drop tanks and bomb racks. Where's the Mustang Mustang add-on kit?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is it that ALL of these aftermarket customizers order their Mustang GT from FoMoCo with rthe bare minimum of options, then add all of their Hi po features, stripes, custom styling features to almost stripped Mustangs.
      I mean they never have the available heated seats, seldom - if ever the up level top interior trim package, no 6-way power seat on passenger's side, only driver, courtesy lamp packages, and other such type features, and the buyer CANNOT request, as they a group built. THAT part annoys me. If i am dropping 60 grand, or more, why can;t I have a power Pass. Seat & heated seats ?

      The only one that ever allowed consumer personalization was the asc/McLaren Mustang of
      1987-1990.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will there a P-51D version with a bubble canopy?
      And where are the six fifty caliber machine guns, drop tanks and bomb racks?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why stop with the bubble canopy, fifty calibers and bomb racks. If they really want to be the talk of the town, why don't they come up with a P-82 Twin Mustang edition. *Snicker!*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe if they actually did something different with each version it would actually be cool.

      Hey, do you guys think that the actual reglar Mustang is going to be the REAL collectors item since it seems like less of them were made than one offs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just saw a really nice Roush Mustang today. It sounded great and looked better than I thought it would.
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