Take one name borrowed from card playing, one supercharger, and one iconic pony car. Add forty parts black paint, and stir. Jack Roush has;cooked up the most sinister Mustang around.
Jack Roush just made the baddest Mustang on the block. No, it isn’t the quickest (Shelby GT500) and no, it isn’t the most beautiful, either–that prize goes to last fall’s Guigiaro concept, shown below. But just look at the Roush Stage 3 Blackjack. A car couldn’t look tougher if Johnny Cash and James Dean plowed it through a Martin Scorsese set with a trunk full of moonshine and Cuban cigars. The car is black. The twenty-one-inch racing stripe is black. The interior? All black–even the shift knob. I think some parts were painted black, then taken off and painted black again just for good measure. Roush says it would be an ideal Mustang for Batman. I think it’s too dark, even for the Dark Knight.
The car’s darkness turns diabolical under the hood, where the Mustang GT’s V-8 pushes 430 ponies thanks to a roots-style supercharger, and to help keep that power useable, a wheel hop reduction kit has been installed. Roush claims that its kit sacrifices less in NVH and bushing wear than any other kit on the market. And speaking of bushings, they’ve all been replaced, along with the original struts, springs, and sway bars.
Jack Roush drove a prototype version of this car to a number of NASCAR events last year, and that car was recently auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. One hundred identical models will be produced this year but sorry, all of them have been claimed.