Quick Drive: 2010 ROUSH 540RH (Winding Road)

"Of all the different iterations of the 2010 Mustang I have driven, the Roush 540RH has by far been the loudest, wildest, most impressive of the lot. It’s not often that I come across a car that I’m too afraid to use all or most of its potential, but Roush inspired a healthy, thrilling dose of fear, and I found myself piloting it with respectful restraint. Here’s why.

"The 540RH can pull away from a stop in third gear with no difficulty. In first gear, it takes serious concentration to simply maintain traction. First to second is even hairier, with the rear tires breaking loose without a thought, the back end writhing about anxiously while the car is already in motion. Even in third gear, on the highway, I could lay into the accelerator, and could still spin the tires. And, by the way, all this is accompanied by a gut-wrenching, mind-shattering exhaust note that pounds any discursive thought out of your head. In a sense, the car dehumanizes you, and man and machine combine into some sort of angry Tasmanian devil constantly on the verge of berserker rage."

 

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ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush.
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