We love Roush's 565 horsepower 2013 Stage 3 Mustang, but not everyone can afford the $50,000 price tag. Granted, Roush also offers less expensive Stage 1 and 2 versions, but for those on a really tight budget the company has announced the 2013 RS Mustang.

Using the V6-powered Ford Mustang as a base, the RS offers up the same wheel and tire package from the Mustang GT with the Brembo package, Roush lowering springs, a subtle body kit, embroidered floor mats, billet pedals and the requisite Roush badging. Customers can also opt for items like upgraded leather seats or a classic cue ball shifter. The 3.7-liter V6 remains untouched, meaning 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque are still on tap.

All of this can be had for $4,000, meaning you can get yourself a genuine Roush Mustang for around for a little over $26,000. Scroll down below to read the official release from Roush.
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"Engineered on the track, Refined for everyday", ROUSH® Performance is excited to introduce a new offering for the 2013 Ford Mustang V6.

ROUSH 2013 RS BlackAll new for the 2013 ROUSH Ford Mustang lineup is the ROUSH RS or "ROUSH Six" package. The ROUSH RS is based on the 3.7L-V6 Ford Mustang and receives an array of ROUSH engineered styling and handling components. Gary Jurick, General Manager of ROUSH Performance, states "The RS opens a new niche for ROUSH Performance, offering great fuel economy, a good level of power, at an economical price, while still embodying ROUSH's spirit of performance." The RS package starts at $4,000, pushes out 305 horsepower and gets up to 31 mpg highway.

Chassis improvements for the ROUSH RS Mustang include 19″ premium painted 2013 ROUSH RS Rear Sidealuminum wheels and tires, the same wheels and tires found on the factory Ford Mustang GT with Brembo brakes, and ROUSH lowering springs with progressive rate jounce bumper which will lower the car approximately one inch in the front and rear, thus reducing the car's center of gravity and providing quicker steering response and a better feel of the road. Enhancements to the RS body incorporate many of the R6 aerobody components featured on the ROUSH Stage vehicles including the high flow upper and lower grilles, front chin splitter, side rocker splitters and rear decklid spoiler.

The ROUSH RS Mustang comes with the distinct "R" fender badges and the "R" ROUSH faux gas cap. Also on display is the ROUSH windshield banner. Optional hood scoop, rear quarter window louvers, RS exterior side and hood graphics are also available.

ROUSH RS 2013 FrontInterior ROUSH RS Mustang upgrades include ROUSH embroidered floor mats, billet performance pedals and a ROUSH center console badge/button. Optional RS interior upgrades include GT charcoal leather seating or ROUSH sport leather seating along with white or black shifter ball and the suede wrapped performance steering wheel. ROUSH door sill plates are available with ambient lighting.

"We (ROUSH) are excited to offer a ROUSH package for all levels of the Ford Mustang line up," says Tim Wheeler, VP, Sales and Marketing of ROUSH Performance. "The RS will address the Mustang V6 owner that is looking for the ROUSH touch off the showroom floor." Great fuel economy, great price point, great fun, the ROUSH RS Mustang.


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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say, that black Roush V6 in the pictures looks simply badass. Those wheels, with that subtle bodykit, is exactly how the current-gen Mustang should look IMO.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      So a V6 powered Mustang is pumping 50 more HP than a GT from 10 years ago and 100 more than the famed 5.0s from the 80s but it's too girly for you Real Men out there. Get a little perspective. A GT starts anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 more than the V6. Personally I find it hard to justify the expense of a GT over the V6 when on a good day a V6 will break into the 13s already.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agree with QCRamair and km94. I think this is one of the best looking Mustangs in a long time- looks way better than the stocker but not overdone like so many of the specialty cars. And as for the V6...it has more than enough hp, weighs less, uses regular octane, and gets better mpg than the 8. IMO the only downside of the new 6 is you don't get that classic V8 exhaust note. But with the right exhaust system, the 6 can be made to sound pretty darn good too.
        Griffen427
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        The other downside is that the V6 is electronically-limited to 117mph. If you remove the limitation you'll total your car...the driveshaft will explode once you hit about 135mph http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZXBjVIrR08
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Griffen427
          Because buying a replacement drive shaft is such a hard and expensive thing to do?
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice looking Mustang, seems like a well priced upgrade.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      soooo when is the S/C version coming???
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      V6's should have a 6" tall "v6" logo welded on. Posers
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @s tom
        How right you would be, if this was still 2009 and the V6 Mustang was a 200hp piece of trash, while the V8 had 300hp (a respectable amount). Now, though, the V6 is just as brawny as that v8, and 300hp is more than you really need. It is not a secretaries car or rental only option any more, it is quick on the straights, corners just as good as the improved handling V8, and challenges legitimate sportscars in the price range. If you skip over the V6 because "It's a secretary cars V6 and I want to show my V8 off to anyone who's interested!" then indeed, it is possible that the V8 buyers could be poseurs. Only if 300hp isnt enough for you, and you like the feel of a V8 personally, and can easily afford the fuel costs and insurance of the thumping 5.0 should you really overlook the V6. Are you telling me 305hp, sub 14 second 1/4 mile, 5.3 second to 60, 0.93G is a case of all show, no go poseur car?
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @s tom
        LOL I agree but one could just pull them off! You used to be able to tell by a single exhaust vs dual! No more though!
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, I just rented a 2012 V6 Mustang and I was completely underwhelmed...It in no way felt like 300hp. My GTI w/ its 200hp felt far more lively and sporty. After reading all the great reviews of the V6 Stang I was tempted to swap my GTI for one...glad I didn't. I'd like to see Rousch offer more than just cosmetic swag for what I understood to be (from reading all the reviews) a kick-ass V6
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        I had the same experience last time I had a '12 Mustang V-6 convertible for a rental. There was a delay off the line whenever I tried to accelerate quickly. It felt like the transmission was shifting to 2nd immediately and then when it realized I wanted to go fast, it shifted back to 1st. Perhaps some flappy paddles would help, or a stick.
          TrueDat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jessesrq
          disadvantage to the auto.. honestly, the difference between the V6 auto and V6 manual is night and day. the torque converter in the auto seems to suck up a lot of power off the line, just as you and everyone describes. but with the manual, the throttle is sharp and precise, and is actually a ton of fun.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        No way! A base model rental car isn't as potent a performance vehicle as a hot hatch that is made to be sporty!? WHO WOULD HAVE EVER KNOWN!? I blame global warming.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        From what I have heard, the autos are much more sluggish than the manual. Combined with the gearing, which can vary quite a bit (base auto vs performance pack manual for example), convertible vs coupe, there could be an entire second discrepancy in 0-60 for example. My best guess is that being a rental it's the very lowest spec, plus automatic. And likely not in the best shape as well (it IS a rental...). While 0-60 isnt quite a relevant stat, it's useful and widely available to compare. Your GTI, with double clutch and launch control might do 0-60 in 6.2 seconds (slower but sportier feeling if manual). A manual, performance pack V6 has seen 5.1 with a great driver (MUCH quicker), but a zero performance option, automatic stripper is so much removed from its potential it might as well be another car. About 6 second to 60 I have seen. There is also the possibility you got a fast one pulled on you and the "2012" V6 was actually a 2010 V6 with the same updated body style but boat anchor engine. You know, 4L V6 with 210hp and lethargic as hell. Did your car have two exhaust pipes or one?
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        There's a reason that Ford never sends out a base model Mustang to testers, and this is why. The performance package changes the characteristics of the Mustang so dramatically that it becomes a completely different car. Once you get the auto to downshift, it pulls pretty well, regardless of rear end.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      While it looks nice and all, I can't see how someone who's looking for Mustang "performance" could settle for a V6 over an 8. I know I couldn't. It's like Chevy releasing a 6cyl Corvette. It's almost sacrilegious. I'd rather have the 8 or nothing(meaning a different car).
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yep! As a G8 owner, I know what you mean. Did I need the 6.0 Liter engine? Nah, but that's what I got! lol
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I guess lower base price, lower fuel consumption costs, less insurance premium, there just may be such thing as more power than you need/can handle without massive speeding tickets, "slow car driving fast =better than fast car going slow", and for the handling gurus, about 100 less pounds on the front axle. There are many great reasons for getting the V6, all valid. ...Until you test drive the GT and get addicted to the torque and rich, burbling rumble of the V8 like cocaine.
      Shane Gardner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mustangs, LOL
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new 2013 Mustang. I'm just annoyed that now they all look the same. The '05 - '12 GT's always looked more ferocious and wicked than the underdeveloped front end of the V6s. Now if you can't afford a GT, but you can get a V6, just add the headlights, two 5.0 badges, and BAM! It's a GT.
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to have to agree with Andre Neves, and Chris. I couldn't get a v6 while the v8 guys are out there will look at me like a little brother. Don't get me wrong, this v6 looks awesome, but........its GT or better for me. I don't want to be a hyena in the lions jungle.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sonic_the_dreadnaught
        That's a stupid way of thinking because at the end of the day there will always be someone faster so drive what makes YOU feel happy, not what will make others happy.
          Fair Isle
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          For some people, bragging rights may be worth the additional expenses. We all have our priorities and reasons for those priorities. Also, I don't know if the Roush tuning voids the factory warranty. Those two factors combined might push someone who's on the fence towards a GT.
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      V6's should have a 6" tall "v6" logo welded on. Posers
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @s tom
        Someone hasn't pulled up against a twin turbo V6 in a while. Roush should have done something to the engine in this car, but even at 300hp, that engine is nothing to sneeze at.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          But at the same time how many twin turbo V6 cars are there out there? Not too many
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