• Apr 15, 2011
2012 Roush Stage 3 Mustang - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Stage 3 has always been the flagship of Roush's modified Ford Mustang stable, and the supercharged pony car is making a return for 2012 with a new RS3 moniker. With 540 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Stage 3 replaces the 5XR as Roush's most powerful offering.

Along with the extra power, the RS3 comes with a new graphics package that is available in six stripe colors and six accent colors, making for 288 color combinations. You can use Roush's new online configurator to see what colors like Luminescent Lime and Red-Blooded American look on the car and add optional items like the 20-inch Hyper Black wheels and rear three-quarter window louvers. The 2012 RS3 Mustang starts at $59,945 and comes standard with a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty. PR and full details after the jump.



[Source: Roush]
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Livonia, Mich. (April 14th, 2011) – DETROIT MUSCLE | REDEFINED is the vision that sets the direction for the design team at ROUSH® Performance this year. The ROUSH brand has long been synonymous with high horsepower, performance handling and an aggressive body style. And, for the 2012 Mustang model year, ROUSH is introducing some game-changing enhancements that will "Redefine" their heritage of high performance and stylish appearance.

ROUSH Performance proudly introduces the new 2012 ROUSH Stage 3™ performance Mustang. The 5.0L 4-valve DOHC TiVCT power-plant has received clearance for takeoff with the addition of the R2300 ROUSHcharger, forcefeeding up to 12psi of inter-cooled energy to the already robust Coyote engine. The ROUSHcharger® supercharger induction system increases the base horsepower from 412HP to an impressive 540HP and 465 ft/lbs of torque. To enjoy the ride, ROUSH Stage 3 (RS3) vehicle owners enjoy peace of mind with ROUSH's 3 year/36,000 mile power train warranty.
The 2012 RS3 takes to the streets with an all new graphics and appearance package. ROUSH Performance is now offering a wide palette of color options for the RS3's appearance and curb appeal. This allows for personal customization of three different aesthetic elements of the car  8 choices for the base vehicle color, 6 stripe colors, and 6 stripe accent colors. Together, these options offer an impressive 288 unique color combinations.

"In addition to the powerful ROUSH power train and tuned suspension, we're really excited about the new graphics and design options," says Gary Jurick, VP/GM of ROUSH Performance. "The 'Redefined' graphics introduce new metallic colors utilizing automotive paint-grade materials. The result is a breathtakingly deep tone to the RS3's graphics. We're now providing our ROUSH consumers a very broad spectrum of graphics and color combinations to consider for their 2012 RS3 Mustang."

To view and interact with the new RS3 paint colors, graphic striping and accent combinations, painted calipers and wheel options visit the all new ROUSH Vehicle Configurator at: http://www.roushperformance.com/2012-stage3-mustang-configurator.shtml
The ROUSHcharged® 2012 RS3 vehicle is currently not available for sale into California and other states requiring CARB emissions standards.

The estimated retail price for the typically equipped 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang is around $59,945. Actual final retail pricing will vary based on options selected. The RS3 is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and is currently available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. The 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 is expected to start appearing on ROUSH Authorized Ford Dealer lots by the end of April 2011.

For more information on the 2012 ROUSH Stage 1, Stage 2 and RS3 vehicles, upgrades and options, retail pricing, and downloadable Hero Cards, please visit: http://www.roushperformance.com/vehicles.shtml


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, a different Mustang variant every other day.. Mustangs are overrated.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't be a hater just because Mustangs are numerous and belligerent.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's only been 2 in the last 2 days. Before that it was months.

        As I've said to someone else, there are just as many other tuned cars out there as there are with the Mustang. You and a bunch of other morons have trouble realizing this because you hate Mustangs.

        And they're over rated? Really? So being 3 seconds faster than an Audi R8 V10 around a track is over rated? Performing right on par with the BMW E92 M3 is over rated?
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah, they're on pair with M3s so they must be overrated
      • 3 Years Ago
      gmfanboi... please, please, please just go away. Im asking nicely.

      gmfanboi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gys come on, this crapstang has only 200 hp under the hood, they ve ben known to on announce different hp settings for their cars, esp the stang. Its lies, all lies! Rousche sould definitely do upgrades to the camaro and aveo cars ONLY because they are both built better and for harder, faster conditions. Everyone knows this! Onstar > iFord!

      What woud make me happier about this stg 3 stang is if its underwater!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        Why would Roush modify the Camaro when the Mustang is perfect in every way!? If they added one horsepower to the Camaro it's weak drive train would leave metal chunks in the street. Everybody knows.

        Mustang V6 > Camaro ZL1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        Save your fanboy comments for youtube, Autoblog isn't for the mentally challenged but thanks for coming out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        What would make me happier about you is if you were underwater :P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        All of your posts sound like something from the SNL skit "Bill Swerski's Superfans". Remember? "Da Bears"!!

        Next, you will probably say Dan Akerson can take to the street and single handedly sell more cars in one day than Ford can in 10 years!! LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        The Aveo? Really? LOL

        Face it, if it weren't for the Mustang, GM would have never thought to bring back the Camaro. No, they would still be pushing those craptastic retro pie wagons and SSRs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'll buy a cobra and save 5 grand for upgrades, thanks tho!
      • 3 Years Ago
      As I said about the SMS supercars Mustangs! I'm finding hard to deduce a purpose for these cars at the prices that they want for them while the Boss 302 and GT500 are in production! For the money I'd take the BOSS 302! I can't see how they can improve on what is near perfection! i.e. Boss 302 and GT500!

      Is a fraction of a second worth tens of thousands of dollars? Ya know?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The name is Mustang. If someone bought a lambo that was modified to be 1% faster or .5% quicker and they paid a 30% premium for it to say XYX Supercars on the window the only name that would be in conversations would be "moron". It's a very low gain for a very high premium...
        • 3 Years Ago
        And you seemed to have only focused on have my response...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. The boss is the boss. $40k for a mustang that has been tuned all over? Yes please.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, I think I had a full response figuring they offer no weight information or performance information on their website.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not taking anything for granted. Not theorizing on unpublished numbers i.e. weight and finally not finding much value in what has been published thus far when compared to the BOSS 302 and the GT500.

        I'm more familiar with ROUSH Mustangs than you probably think! Yes they are awesome! I never said they weren't! But are the newest incarnations worth the cost when compared to the BOSS 302 and GT500. It's completely unknown! If the performance improvements are minor and the increased cost to get it is high, then no!

        Bottom line is cost per performance gain! The Boss and GT are very tight cars! It's hard to beat the bang for the buck! Very hard!

        Be Well - Peace!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Roush Performance has always been known to lighten their cars. The New Edge Roush Stage 3/380R was considerably lighter than the SVT Cobra. As I stated before, the previous 427R was 400lbs lighter than the current GT500, 500 than the older GT500. It also handled worlds better than the GT500 despite the 65 less ponies.

        So let me get this straight, you're doubting Roush? You're doubting a legendary name in all types of racing? An icon in Mustang tuning?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You don't get it do you? You're not buying this for the just the performance, you're buying it for the name. Think of the name. Roush. What comes with that name? Race pedigree? Decades of building the best handling Mustangs on the street? Yes and yes.

        What you wanna bet that this has the speed of the GT500, but knows how to put the power down better while having the handling of the Boss? This is also worlds lighter than the GT500, just like the previous Stage 3. This is probably weighing in at 3400lbs (going by the previous Stage 3/427R's weight) while the GT500 is at 3800lbs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        *half
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do like the look of this Roush. Simple wheels, small air splitter and not too many crazy graphics.

      That said, I will take min it all black with no graphics please. Thank you.

      ..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Better yet, get all matt black jack body paint, base graphic, and highlight. You'll be driving a Mustang-homage to Metallica's The Black Album.
      • 3 Years Ago
      and yet, another gimmick Ford.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't drive a Camry buddy I drive a Mustang-whooping G8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        no, a GXP wouldn't whoop this one, because it's a 6.2 n/a. 425hp stock, add a supercharger and tune, then you'll surpass what this mustang has.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go drive your Camry!! BTW, it's not even Ford, it's Roush
        • 3 Years Ago
        G8's a nice car and wish GM would grow a brain and bring it back, preferably as an Impala. With that said, I doubt even a GXP would "whoop" this thing, or even a 2011 GT for that matter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When do the 'Stangs & Camaros head for home?





      When the Dodge Challengers show up with their 426 Hemi cars~








        sknuts82
        • 3 Years Ago
        A Challenger 426 would die an easy death against a GT500, Roush Stage 3, or a 302 Boss Leguna Seca
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, now that's an attractive Mustang. Love the wheels and rear valence treatment.
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