Back in 2010, I had the privilege of test-driving the 2009 Roush Jack Black Mustang. At that stage, Roush was a new kid on the block and there wasn’t much known about the legend that is Jack Roush or the marvel in engineering he w ill be known for. However, after that morning the name Roush was clearly etched into my brain forever! Now if you have not been reading your SA Hotrods Magazine over the past few months (sis on you!) you won’t really know who Roush are and what makes
this Mustang stand out.
In the words of Jack himself: “ROUSH Performance is the first specialty-vehicle company to combine race-proven technologies with advanced automotive engineering. The result, a unique mix of street car and race car… Is a ROUSH car. Or more specifically, a ROUSH Mustang or F-150 pickup with styling, performance, and handling characteristics derived from the racetrack and modified for street legal usage.” What that means from our perspective is that Roush takes a normal Mustang and turns it into a Bat out of Hell. Getting into the Roush is like getting into any New Mustang – all the controls and buttons to a barebone Rodder like myself are confusing. There is a track-setting that sets the suspension and steering. There are a myriad of other settings as well and it makes you feel the need to call a techo-savvy kid to come and explain it all. There are 2 buttons that I love on the Roush – one is START and the other is the exhaust control valve. This buttton takes the sound of the Roush from a nice hum to a deep rumble that brings out the neighbours and sends dogs to their kennels. Also, the constant whine from the supercharger is enough to stir up emotions you never knew you had.
Our time with the Roush was short so we did not really have the time to test the 600HP plus machine to it’s max but, what we can say is that it’s power on demand gives you one of the fastest acceleration experiences we have ever felt in a car. You can feel the brute force pushing you back in the seat. You can also feel the rear wheels trying to constantly break away and the back-end wanting to slide sideways. It was so strong that a quick down-gear and acceleration gave me whiplash! It is advised to always keep your eyes on the speedo as reaching 200km/hr is easily achieved. The brakes work really well with all of this power so stopping is no problem.
The only drawback for me was that it is an automatic. I would still like to get my hands on a manual to compare the driving experience. On styling, I must say that I love the look of the Roush as it is not over the top. It is the more subtle changes that enforce the lines of the car and which make it look more aggressive. Grrrrrr… People need to understand that this is a muscle car and not a 4-wheel drive Super Car so trying to pit it against a GTR (for example) won’t give you the result you are looking for however having said that, it will give everything out there a run for its money.