From the Ford F-150 Raptor and Chevrolet Silverado Z71 to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ram 1500 Rebel, there is a wealth of factory trucks available for off-road enthusiasts. The market for performance street trucks, though, is almost nonexistent, seeing how Ford didn’t continue its small-batch F-150 Tremor. The best place for those shoppers to turn is Roush Performance and its new F-150 SC package, which takes America’s best-selling pickup and transforms it into a tire-scorching hauler.
Roush starts with the 2016 Ford F-150’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine and bolts on an R2300 supercharger, a new air intake, a reflashed engine computer, and a side-exit exhaust, bumping output up to 600 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque. No internal engine modifications were needed for the V-8 to support an extra 215 hp, according to Roush, and the supercharger design is mostly carried over from the company’s Mustang applications.
The off-road-focused Mickey Thompson Baja tires are easy to light up and smoke. The F-150 SC won’t snap your head back like a 600-hp sports car would, but Roush’s truck is seriously fast; a rush of torque arrives as soon as you dip into the throttle. Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission is recalcitrant to downshift, the supercharger’s whine is always slightly muffled by the exhaust grumble, and the Fox Racing coil-over suspension raises the truck a little but doesn’t noticeably compromise its ride. The Roush looks right, what with 20-inch black wheels, fender flares, new front fascia parts, and an assortment of Roush decals and graphics. There’s also a decal of Jack Roush’s signature on the tailgate and a serialized plaque in the center console to commemorate the truck’s place in the production cycle.
Roush wants to offer an ownership experience as close as possible to what Ford offers. Roush, headquartered in southeast Michigan, sells mostly turnkey vehicles that come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. It also prides itself on performing extensive validation tests of all its parts to ensure they are not only safe for road use, but that they work well together, too. Engineers spent months testing four prototypes of this supercharged truck, for instance, submitting the wheels and body parts to durability and crash-test evaluations similar to what a major automaker would conduct.
Pickup trucks remain a small portion of what Roush does, with the majority of the company’s sales coming from aftermarket Mustang parts, as well as turnkey ponycars. The 2016 Roush Ford F-150 SC speaks to a very limited audience, the buyers who want something unique backed by the reliable dealer support. Think of it as a tuner car with a warranty, and the appeal of paying $80,547 for a 600-hp Ford F-150 starts to make sense. Just don’t expect to keep a low profile. But then again, drawing attention everywhere you go is part of the appeal of buying a Roush F-150 SC.
2016 Roush Ford F-150 SC Specifications
|Price:||$80,547 (as tested)|
|Engine:||5.0L supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8/600 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 557 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm|
|Layout:||4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, 4WD truck|
|L x W x H:||231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in|
|Weight:||4,400 lb (est)|
|0-60 MPH:||5.5 sec (est)|