2009 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

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2009 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

I am no pony-car guy, but I did enjoy driving this car. The extremely precise gear shifter was a revelation; it's ten times better than the stock Mustang shifter and the best part of this overpriced options package. Naturally, there's lots of tractable power from the supercharged V-8, and the car handles pretty well, but it's not difficult to upset the live rear axle. I exited I-94 at Oakwood Boulevard on my way to an event in the heart of the Ford Motor Company campus in Dearborn, Michigan, and as I tore away from the stoplight at the end of the exit ramp, the car hit some rough pavement and the rear axle was scrambling for traction and bouncing the car up and down. But that's part and parcel of the Mustang experience.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

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