2007 Roush Stage 3 Ford F-150 Review
Roush Stage 3 Ford F-150
By Rex Roy
Photos: The Author
What we have before us is the latest creation from the Jack Roush racing and industrial empire. His personal and corporate relations with Ford have promulgated numerous offspring, including the recently released Stage 3 Mustang. This relationship is so close that these Roush products are sold through Roush-authorized Ford dealers and carry full warranties.
The extra inch of drop in the rear evens out the truck's landscape-biased profile so the long hood, roof and box are all perfectly parallel with the pavement. This visually lengthens the Stage 3's look even beyond its considerable 18.6' length.
Inside, the look carries through on the exterior's enthusiasm. The Stage 3 logos top the front buckets. Silver strips cross the seats, and match the silver Roush trim package that dresses up the doors and center stack.
In keeping with Roush's attention to detail, inset where a stock F-150's "PRNDL" would normally show on the instrument cluster, there is now a ROUSH logo. When the cluster lights are on, it reverses out in a wash of red light. Touches like this make owners know they're driving something different than the 750,000 F-Series sold every year.
As odd as this may seem to those who prefer anonymity and or subtlety, the Stage 3's look is spot on for what it is; a proud, American extrovert. This truck visually screams, "I'm packing some serious power … wanna see?"
Reactions from Michigan to Kentucky were universally positive, with frequent thumbs-up and numerous requests for stop-light burn outs. Like a happy dog ready to perform, the Stage 3 was always willing. Stomp the throttle and the supercharged mill fries the tires in a satisfying onslaught of instant power. The crowds went crazy.
When launched with even the slightest care for a quick get away (as opposed to a grin-inducing burn out), the power flow is linear, and the 4R75E transmission executes firm shifts without ever missing a step. While Roush has not released performance figures, talk in the shop suggests that your grandma could run low 14-second quarter miles.
Beyond any specific performance metrics, what the Roush Stage 3 F-150 delivers is simple fun. It's largely unfettered by insulting electronic driving aids that can't be turned off. The Stage 3 relies on the driver for making everything happen. Drive well, you go fast. Drive poorly, you go less fast. How refreshing. Mostly.
There was one electronic nanny we could not keep in the closet – the artificial top speed limiter. At your favorite drag strip or empty patch of interstate, drop the hammer and see what happens. Charging like a freight train down the mountain, the fun stops at 98 miles per hour with a soft-hit speed limiter. The Roush PR team sheepishly admits that their company does not disable Ford's stock F-150 speed limiter for liability reasons. (Is this not yet another reason to shoot all the scumbag liability lawyers?) But only 98 mph? A truck like this deserves better.
And a truck that costs this much deserves triple-digit bragging rights. As pictured, our test vehicle rings in at a suggested retail price of over $55,000. The numbers add up thusly: Ford F-150, around $33,000; base Roush Stage 3 package, $15,860; Roush options including side skirts, wheel flairs, stripes, and rear wing total another $5,200. This is Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche Cayman money. But the Stage 3 F-150 seats five, has an eight-foot bed, a 1,700-lb payload and can tow your house.
For the authorized Roush dealers in your area, visit www.roushperf.com . With 300 around the country, there should be one near you.
2007 Roush Stage 3 Ford F-150 Base Price: Approximately $55,000
Ford F-150 Lariat 4 x 2; $33,000
Roush Stage 3 package and other Roush options; $21,000
Engine: 5.4-liter V8, 445 hp/500 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Four-speed automatic, two-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 224" x 78.9 x 71.5"
Curb weight: Approximately 5300 lbs
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): Are you kidding? But if you must know, 11 city/ 14 highway
Safety equipment: Front air bags, anti-lock brakes, available traction control
Major standard equipment: Air conditioning with electronic temperature control, rear-window defroster, message center with trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel with duplicate controls, power driver's seat, AM/FM/CD audio system
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper, three years/36,000 miles on Roush modified components, five years/60,000 miles on Ford powertrain components, five years/60,000 miles roadside assistance