By on May 9, 2016

Roush Mustang Blue

Is the 707 horsepower Dodge Hellcat too weak for you? Do you miss the 662 hp Shelby GT500? Do you love the sensual whine of a supercharger pulley? Well, a Ford dealer in Ohio has the car for you.

Lebanon Ford of suburban Cincinnati is a Roush Performance dealer, and has decided to offer the base 2016 Mustang GT with a Roush Stage 2 supercharger for under $40,000.

This undercuts the Challenger Hellcat by nearly $25k, meaning you could pick up a new Fiesta ST with the difference, or perhaps a few sets of tires. You’ll need them.

Roush Mustang Lebanon Ford

Of course, this supercharged Roush Mustang only upgrades the engine — the suspension and brakes remain the same as the standard GT. Packing an extra 292 hp above the already potent Coyote V8, this Lebanon Ford Performance Mustang could be quite scary during a track day, unless it receives other upgrades at the same time.

Naturally, this supercharger can be fitted to any Mustang GT, even convertibles and those equipped with an automatic transmission.

This upgrade voids the Ford factory warranty, but there is a three-year, 36,000-mile parts warranty from the dealer. If you choose the milder 670 hp version, Roush will cover the entire powertrain for the same period.

This could be the ultimate burnout machine. The GT350 would be a better choice for a track addict, but for Friday nights at the dragstrip, or for showing off at Cars and Coffee, this is perhaps the best/worst new car you can buy.

[Images:  © 2016 Lebanon Ford]

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92 Comments on “Ohio Ford Dealer, Selling 727HP Roush Mustangs for $39,995, Tells Hellcat to Step Outside...”


  • avatar
    NoID

    That kind of power without the requisite chassis and driveline updates?

    Someone please finish this statement. Just because you can…

    • 0 avatar

      So how many fatalities shall I expect this Mustang Week?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Exactly.

    • 0 avatar

      Any Schlub that puts a roots or bolt-on onto a standard 6.4-L Hemi can easily get 800HP.

      Plenty of 1000 HP WK1 Jeeps out there.

      Thing is, HELLCATS are warrantied by Chrysler – not Rousch or Hennessey- which are notorious for not honoring their work.

      ON A SIDE NOTE:

      Rule #10 for HELLCAT OWNERS should be for these idiots with manual Challengers TO STOP DRIVING HARD IN 2nd AND STRIPPING THEIR CLUTCHES.

      • 0 avatar
        NoID

        You think that’s bad? I’ve heard of dealers replacing customers’ transmissions because they were unable to shift into 2nd gear consistently. The problem?

        SKIP SHIFT!

        The customer and the dealer both had no clue that the car has skip shift enabled. I wish I was making this stuff up. It’s in the manual. It’s on the visor plackard. It’s ubiquitous in this segment in order to meet fuel economy and emissions targets. Skip shift is essentially the price of entry into this segment.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Ha, you don’t even need a blower for that. I was at an autocross once, and some kid showed up with a built V8 in a Fox-body Mustang. He spun twice in two runs and almost hit the wall on the second one.

      • 0 avatar

        Mustangs can’t drive straight in a straight line.

        Mustangs have a tendency to spin out even when they are parked.

        All the people criticizing heavy cars like the 300 SRT, Charger SRT and Hellcats, don’t get it:

        MORE WEIGHT IN FRONT MAKES IT EASIER TO CONTROL.

        But then again, I’m talking about people who just criticize without ever having owned anything beyond Honda, non-Nissan GT-R and Toyota products…

        They think mass reduction is everything. IT’S NOT.

        They think Mustangs are better than SRT/ Hellcats. THEY AREN’T.

        • 0 avatar
          NoID

          Better, no. Different, yes. As much as these compete in the market, its hard to make a better or worse comparison because they’re simply so different.

          The Camaro and Mustang are definitely pony cars, whereas the Challenger SRT and Hellcat are more akin to the most bad-ass grand tourers this side of a Bentley Continental GTC.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            “Challenger SRT and Hellcat are more akin to the most bad-ass grand tourers this side of a Bentley Continental GTC.”

            Grand touring cars need elegance, sophistication, and international appeal. The Challenger and SRT are Confederate State tourers for the Big Gulp crowd. That is all they can be.

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            Aside from the fact that you can’t see out of it worth of heck, I actually think the Challenger is a great car—especially after the 2015 refresh—that’s let down by the types of people who buy it. I would never buy one because of its image, although I do like it.

          • 0 avatar
            NoID

            Ouch, tell us how you really feel.

            Have you driven, or even sat in, a fully loaded Challenger SRT Hellcat? it’s not a bad place to be.

            I agree, for the typical price of a European grand tourer I’d expect a healthy dose of elegance and sophistication. But considering the primary definition of a GT is a coupe that passes the miles comfortably and expediently, the Challenger Hellcat fits the bill perfectly.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “The Challenger and SRT are Confederate State tourers for the Big Gulp crowd.”

            :(

            Not all LX/LY drivers.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I knew you’d see that! Sometimes good people end up in the wrong (unreliable) cars.

          • 0 avatar

            KYREE
            “Aside from the fact that you can’t see out of it worth of heck, I actually think the Challenger is a great car”

            We handle “blindspots” by SPEEDING AWAY FROM THEM.

        • 0 avatar

          Hey, BTSR—

          You bring a HELLCAT to the track of your choice. I will bring a Track Pack GT350. I will be faster by approximately 5 seconds.

          You game?

        • 0 avatar
          ferdburful

          What? I have a 2015 GT Convertible. It drives in a straight line. More weight is better? You’ve got to be kidding me. I enjoy my Mustang and the Challenger SRT/Hellcats are fine cars for what they are. They are very heavy. They do not corner as well as the Mustangs because of their suspension setups and weight. I’ve driven both.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            Weight is the ultimate enemy. More weight is better?? – Newtonian physics can’t be fooled…who makes up this stuff? Is this TRUMPED up logic?

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “MORE WEIGHT IN FRONT MAKES IT EASIER TO CONTROL.”

          Next winter I’l empty out the box of my pickup and attach the toolbox to my front bumper.

          Thanks for the tip.

          I always thought that balanced weight distribution mattered.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            “MORE WEIGHT IN THE FRONT…”

            That’s what’s called: “CHICK LOGIC”. Translation: The heavier a car is, the better it “STICKS” to the road..

          • 0 avatar
            stuki

            More weight in the front does make it more easy to control during burnouts and donuts….. Which is what matters, right?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            Lou. try strapping cement blocks to your front bumper with bungee cords and add a little duck tape. Add a Confederate flag and a bumper sticker that says “Goat Roper’s Need Loving Too.” A busted tail light with duck tape across it adds some real class. Just kidding.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      There were 220 HP, 5.0 Mustangs crashing everywhere back in their day. Everyone knew 2 or 3 guys that cracked theirs’ up, around a tree or something. Too much power, to too cheap. And that’s all it takes to kill yourself. I had a 140 hp, 4.10 posi gears in a 3000 lbs Mustang and if you could hold on to it, you’d smoke the tires for the 1st 300′, sideways on the 1-2 shift.

      It’s up to you to “manage” the 700+ HP (or 140 HP) and not do something stupid. It’s the spirit of Hot Rodding. You’ve got “stock” parts not designed for the power/abuse, *except* you have to get “traction” 1st. It’s when you get into “slicks” and sidestepping the clutch, when parts start to explode. Don’t forget, or skimp on the “scatter shield”…

      But the great thing is you don’t have some “suit” deciding how much power to retard at WOT to save the drivetrain past “warranty”, that’s most of the power with a Hellcat, especially from the dig.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      It’s literally a supercharger for the extra $10k.

      With the Performance Pack, the brakes and suspension are acceptable enough for the power. I still would be concerned with cooling – both engine and transmission, as well as rubber. The PP wears a 255/275 stagger; I would want at least 295s in the rear to not shred them with that kind of power. It could use a bigger radiator, oil cooler, and possibly a transmission cooler if there isn’t one already.

    • 0 avatar
      Johnny Rock

      What I don’t like about all of these cars is the Price……..

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    $0 DOWN!

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Looks like an awesome value. I just wonder how many folks are really capable of driving these without causing mayhem.

  • avatar

    We’re out of stock. How about this Taurus LIMITED instead?

    • 0 avatar
      PRNDLOL

      We’ve just received a select number of low mileage daily rental examples which you cannot tell from new!

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      You think you hate it now. WAIT TILL YOU DRIVE IT!

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      By the way, what MY did they start doing LINCOLN across the back of the MKS with a big chrome bar? That looks much better than it did before, and I only saw one today on my way to work. I was not aware they’d made the change.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        2015 model year.

        Too many customer complaints that they had to reach into the license plate area to access the trunk release button (and or couldn’t find it). No other changes, besides color, were made.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Gracias. That I haven’t seen it til now really reflects the sales figures of the MKS currently.

          • 0 avatar
            SC5door

            Plant will stop making them in another week or so; they build maybe 40 a day, compared to 1000+ Explorers.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            And the value proposition of the MKS becomes ever better! I can’t handle the interior room though, it’s not for me.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Oh, is that why? That was stupid, considering that the license plate from 2013 onward was in the bumper.

          • 0 avatar
            SC5door

            Same complaint on the Taurus; people couldn’t find the trunk release button when they have the PEPS option. They added a sticker on the fascia for the owner to take off when they purchase the car.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        That happened in MY2015. It is odd because Lincoln had already changed the MKS’ decklid in MY2013 with the mid-cycle refresh, when—notably—the license plate area was moved from the decklid to the bumper. As far as I can tell, no other major styling changes were made in MY2015, and MY2016 brings only the new SYNC3.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    All that power with no other upgrades, this seems like a good way to die.

  • avatar
    thats one fast cat

    I predict some awesome crashes leaving cars and coffee events throughout the United States due to incorrect tire pressure.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    I know, I know.
    You are probably right.
    But IF it came in a convertible I would lose even more sleep.

    Besides, a simple saw, drill or even dull butter knife can lead to terrible things in my hands. Even conversations at dinner turn ugly.

    I have few skills.

    This would simple be wonderful to have and drive in n out of town.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Glad to see the comments match my initial reaction. Say what you want about the Hellcat but my understanding is its a concurrently designed warrantied package you can thrash all day without some ancillary bit blowing up.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I agree.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Also agree. This dealer special seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

      Lotta yokels live up in Lebanon – it’s fully country up there and outside the 275 loop. I went to check out a Mountaineer there once and regretted bothering. They are the perfect customer for this car.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    It’s amazing that consumers are able to have such horsepower figures, although you’d think it would need some other uprated bits in order to stay in one piece.

    Unfortunately, you know these will go to the exact people you wouldn’t want to have 100 horsepower, much less 727.

    And the fact that it voids the warranty is a big issue. *Can* it even unilaterally void the warranty, given the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act?

  • avatar
    cgjeep

    I would put the V6 badges on it.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Remove 5.0 badges from fenders and replace the rear badge that says “GT” with a the Mustang badge from the V6 and Ecobost. That’s the only easily identifiable exterior differences.

  • avatar
    laserwizard

    Buy a new ‘Stang GT with a blower and we’ll throw in a matching colored coffin and entire funeral for $3,995 (plot included). You know you are dying for this deal.

  • avatar
    Paul Alexander

    That title! Hahaha!

    Both are knockout artists (burnout machines), but Hellcat has a little more boxing skills (upgraded chassis). Same reason I favor GGG over Canelo.

  • avatar
    Joss

    When you call your insurance co will they have this model listed in their database?
    Mustang what?

  • avatar
    Toad

    Wow; a Ford dealership offers a 700(!)hp new Mustang with Rousch parts for under $40k. That is absolutely amazing considering 5.0 Mustang 30 years ago had 200hp wrapped in a crappy Fox body.

    Yet instead of cheering the TTAC B&B just bitches and moans. God forbid some consumers actually get an affordable slice of fun.

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      The Dodge fanboys are just butt hurt about how much extra they spent ($40,000!) for less horsepower in a 10-year old chassis.

      • 0 avatar
        FOG

        Right. I am sure that is exactly what the owners of real muscles car are feeling when some idiot straps a rocket on a skate board and says, “You paid way too much. STEP OUTSIDE!”

        Hell Cat chuckles, “Sure thing Pretty Little Pony. I am on my way outside right now for lunch and horse meat is on the menu.”

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        Not really. The Hellcat has a warranty from FCA and engineered to work with the car. What has this dealer done for the cooling system, or drive line for that matter? Nothing.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          The Hellcat is “fool proof” engineered, as far as the drivetrain is concerned, and that could be a good thing, or bad thing. But it doesn’t have magical parts.

          The same could be done for this Mustang, except it wouldn’t upgrade the actual parts, just how and when power is ‘metered’ out to them. The Hellcat gets ‘de-tuned’ at specific points, in case the driver can’t control him/herself, for the sake of parts/drivetrain longevity, even with traction nannies.

          • 0 avatar
            Mandalorian

            This is the closest thing to the original Muscle Car formula I’ve seen in a long time. Fairly pedestrian car with a giant engine and nothing else changed.

    • 0 avatar

      The more I think of it, what Toad says makes sense. What we are talking about is essentially a “stripper” model with a hellacious engine.

      It doesn’t seem like such a big deal when wrapped in a world-class modern Mustang chassis that’s eons ahead of the Charger/Challenger. Also, the savings over a GT 350 allows room for lots of those upgrades by the owner.

      Just wondering — aren’t we buying into the “upsell” KoolAid too much? Any idiot that is going to get into trouble with a 700-hp car isn’t going to be protected by some chassis improvements regardless.

      • 0 avatar
        ferdburful

        As the owner of an unmodified 2015 Mustang GT, you can get in a hell of a lot of trouble in a hurry with “just” 435 HP. A fool who would wrap a 700HP Mustang around a tree would do the same with an Eco-Boost Mustang. I don’t understand all the whining.I totally agree with you.

  • avatar
    Johnstoirvin

    “This could be the ultimate burnout machine.”

    Never could understand that. What, exactly, does a long, smoky burnout prove (hint: nothing) and what kind of people would spend $40K to be able to do one, or ten or twenty? And what’s even more puzzling is how many people find enjoyment watching them do it! If burnouts excite you, you probably shouldn’t have 727 HP at your fingertips. Just sayin’.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      People mostly stop light race. They just want to pull ahead of who ever is next to them. And thus a Mustang with a blower will easily accomplish that in a drag strip style duel. As mentioned it will be worthless once a corner appears but who cares. “Fast” to your average drive is all about straight line speed or acceleration. Sure it would be fun but for the money I’d get Factor Five 818C and plenty of sticky tires.

  • avatar

    Agree with all of the above.

    I like the idea, though. It matches the spirit of Sixties dealers like Royal Pontiac in suburban Detroit with their Bobcat conversions and skunkworks “ringer” modifications for the car magazines.

    Tell me those things weren’t serious deathtraps in the wrong hands.

  • avatar
    NotFast

    From my direct experience, I think the voided Ford warranty and “effective” FCA warranty are pretty much equivalent.

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    Voids the warranty? Who cares son, you’ll likely total it before the second oil change.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Is it legal in 50 states? Or is it one of those “off road only” SEMA specials???

  • avatar
    johnny_5.0

    Hasn’t any Ford Racing certified dealer been able to offer this for a while now? It’s a $7K kit, so this pricing isn’t even all that special when we consider some discounts on a base GT. I was actually considering something like this. A GT Premium w/ Performance Pack and this blower was probably possible around $43K. But the 3.73 gears, crap factory tires, and additional thrust would mean you’d have to baby the hell out of the throttle at basically all times. You really want the 3.31 gears with this. That being said, still obviuosly silly power levels in a relatively nice vehicle for the price.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I think the difference is the hardware. This is Roush equipment, and few dealers are Roush-certified. That’s probably different than being Ford Racing certified.

      I did look at a Mustang GT last year, and one salesman did tell me about a $5,000 Ford supercharger that could be added for over 700hp, without voiding the warranty. Another important difference, if true.

    • 0 avatar
      IronEagle

      3.15 with the six speed auto would be amazing.

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    As much as I like Mustangs, the Hellcat does come with a warranty, so at least you can replace all the stuff that are bound to break for free.
    As this will just be a modified car, it is more likely to ask old Civics with turbocharged CR-V engines to step ouside, and it will probably lose since it weighs 50% more. With all the weight the Mustang is hauling difference I bet even an older B-series Civic with 500+hp would be competitive.
    700 horses is awesome in a production car, and it’s not awful in a car available in a dealership, but there are loads and loads of 1000+hp modded cars out there if you want it bad enough.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Now that looks like a bargain, until you start having drivetrain issues.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      Then again, ‘wringing out’ a regular Mustang GT to keep up with this thing just chugging-along, would cause more drivetrain issues.

      Really it depends on how it’s used, but if drivetrain issues are high on your list of worries, don’t do it, do a Camry. Or simply put a brick *under* the go pedal.

      Use a tool as it’s intended. “Bone stock” plus the supercharger means you hammer it a good bit, then let it cool bit, feathering the throttle at low speeds.

      On the street, much more than momentary stabs at the gas pedal will get you in legal problems faster than sh!t. 40 to 75 mph bursts are where it’s at anyway.

      As-is, give a thrashing at the track, and hold on to your damn checkbook.. Ask M3 owners… Good thing replacement/used/upgrade parts are so cheap and plentiful, with the highly competitive Mustang aftermarket, bigger than any other.

      Think of it as a used 700+ hp modded car, professionally done, *extremely low miles* and ready for further mods of your choice/tastes/budget, or just simply enjoy, “adult driven” .

      .

  • avatar
    zip89105

    Hmmmmmmm. It might worth a first class ticket to Cincinnati.

  • avatar
    BrunoT

    LOL, poor Chrysler/Fiat, they finally come up with something the market wants, and another brand easily puts out a car that undercuts it by twenty five grand, handles better, and has the same ballpark acceleration numbers.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      There’s got to be more, easier, cheaper unlocked horsepower in that already supercharged Hellcat engine, than this.

      The Hellcat’s much higher price point, does move it a bit further off the “just strap some shit on it, and make it fly, man” crowd’s radar, I guess. FCA just needs to respond with an even bigger, badder one. Helldog, or something.

      • 0 avatar
        truecarhipsterdouche

        Helldick or Helldouche. 1200 HP package with demon eye LED headlights. For when being a pussy in a Hellcat is not an option, and your bro-dozer is in the shop….Helldick/Helldouche is the answer.

    • 0 avatar
      IronEagle

      25 grand difference? On what planet? Good luck getting into any Hellcat under $85k with dealer markup.

  • avatar
    gkhize

    I remember the 60s and seeing all the muscle cars on the street. We’d hang around the Dairy Treat and look at all the cool cars and listen to the arguments about Ford vs. Chevy vs. Plymouth. Then the 70s came and the ‘muscle car wars’ were over it seemed for good. I had a ’76 Mach 1 with a 90 HP 4 cylinder for Pete’s sake. My ’86 Mustang GT had an amazing 200 HP that felt like 1000. Fast forward through several more GT Mustangs and a Terminator and I now drive a ’14 GT with 400+ HP. Way more HP than I need, having 700+ HP just seems ridiculous. But the great thing is we can, whether it’s in a Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. The muscle car wars really have returned, except now instead of hanging around the Dairy Treat we hang out here in the commentary. This really is a great time to be a car guy!!!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I had a room mate in college who had a 70 1/2 Dodge Challenger with a six pack. It was a scary ride the way he drove it. I remember the hopped up Road Runners in high school and the idiots that could not drive them–some of them killed themselves.

  • avatar
    IronEagle

    Well what a surprise. The haters all come out. Not quite B&B in my opinion.

    This should be seen as a second coming of the 60s but instead people talk about the drivers dying. Real classy.

    This isn’t something to give to a 16 year old to drive. But a 40 something like myself that did have an 89 Mustang GT and has many years of driving experience could enjoy something like this quite safely. It’s something to feel the pull as you enter the interstate or go to the drag strip with a n/t on the rear window.

    The 2016 PP GT is probably right on in braking and handling with the 90s Saleen Mustang SCCA race cars. A middle class guy can enjoy it on the weekends and then upgrade suspension and tires in stages.

    Why all the hate is what I would like to know. Is this TTAC or what.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I don’t hate this car. Not many 16 year old will be buying this car but there are plenty of idiots with money that will buy these and race them on the road which I really don’t care about except they endanger the rest of us sharing the road with them. I doubt too many older baby boomers will buy these to race. For the price this car is a lot of power for the money. I am familiar with Lebanon Ford since I live in N KY which basically is a suburb of the Cincinnati metropolitan area as is Lebanon, OH. I can see the State Police having a few of these in their fleets to catch speeders.

    The Road Runners were fairly cheap in the late 60’s, basically a hopped up Plymouth Belvedere. Even a high school kid with an after school job and a parent willing to cosign a loan could afford one. That is one good thing today is that most teenagers cannot afford a new muscle car.

    • 0 avatar
      IronEagle

      The drunk leaving the bar or the meth head on the roads scares me more than the people who have the credit or cash to purchase this Mustang. As was said above even a base V6 Mustang with 300hp will do just as much damage in the wrong hands.

      I haven’t seen any KY Mustangs but the have seen Indiana State Police with white and dark blue 2010 body style GTs on I65. They also just got a white Challenger. That thing was stealth has no light bars just small leds in the grill and windshield. It looked like it was basically shooting fish in a barrel as all the four wheelers were looking for their Chargers not expecting the Challenger.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    KY State Troopers have had Mustangs and Camaros back about 14 years ago. I can see some of these Mustangs being used as unmarked cars. These would outrun most of the vehicles on the road. We have had a lot of vehicle accidents in the Cincinnati metropolitan area that are heroin related.

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