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2007 Roush Stage 3 BlackJack Black Jack Mustang

Jack Roush has done it again. He's had yet another vision, this time to build a blacked out Stage 3 Ford Mustang. The new ride, dubbed the "BlackJack", started out to be nothing more than a prototype for Jack to drive at Nascar Nextel Cup events in 2006. However, after much attention was given to the car Roush decided to create a very limited run. As for the prototype, Jack put it on the chopping block at this years Barrett Jackson Automobile Auction. It sold for a stunning $82,500.

If Batman owned a Mustang, the new 2007 ROUSH Stage 3 BlackJack would most certainly be the ride of choice for the Caped Crusader. This menacing 430 horsepower tone-on-tone limited edition pony car comes straight from the mind of Jack Roush himself and is set to stalk the streets of Gotham City, and the rest of the country.

"I am involved with all the vehicles that ROUSH Performance builds, but the Stage 3 BlackJack is really the first one which was entirely my design and I am quite proud of how well it turned out," said Jack Roush. "When I drove the prototype around the NASCAR tracks last season it got a lot of attention, mainly due to the intimidating theme of the car. Of course, the distinctive rumble of a ROUSHcharged V-8 engine turns a lot of heads, too."

For the power department Roush added a polished version of the Roushcharger supercharger system with a smaller pulley installed which increases power levels of the 4.6L to 430 horsepower and 400 ft/lbs of torque. The Roushcharger system includes a Roots-style M90 supercharger, 38 lb.-hr. fuel injectors, ROUSH-designed intake manifold, intercooler assembly with radiator and a custom ROUSH ECM calibration to maximize optimal fuel and spark.

The image of this car is deceiving. It gives the impression that the paint in nothing more than glossy black when in fact it incorporates a 21 inch matte black stripe down the middle. The stripe is added after Roush installs a seven piece aerobody kit which includes a hood scoop. Other appearance items include polished billet aluminum accessories, such as radiator, oil and strut tower caps, which contribute to the exciting package for street or track driving.

Enthusiast drivers will immediately notice the handling of the vehicle has been improved by the addition of the Stage 3 suspension package which swaps out the stock front struts, rear shocks, front and rear springs, front and rear sway bar and jounce bumpers for ROUSH-engineered high performance versions. Roush was also adamant about including the new ROUSH wheel hop reduction kit to help the rear wheel performance in low traction conditions. This is the only wheel hop kit on the market with a minimal NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) hit and no reduction in bushing life. Other manufacturers trade off anti-hop for a lot of noise, harshness and poor durability of the joints. The stopping rate is greatly improved with the addition of the ROUSH brake kit, a 14-inch, two-piece slotted rotor with four-piston calipers on the front and slotted rear rotors.

Interior upgrades include charcoal leather seating with an embroidered Stage 3 BlackJack logo, white electroluminescent gauges, billet aluminum pedal kit and short throw shifter with black shifter ball. The car comes standard with the ROUSH carbon fiber design dash trim kit and embroidered floor mats. Even the door sills have been upgraded in this model.

A ROUSH Stage 3 BlackJack serialized badge is riveted to the engine compartment, along with a Stage 3 signature badge which is personally engraved with the signature of the ROUSH Performance technician which hand-assembled the vehicle in the company's Livonia, Mich., facility. To further validate the 100 cars, each will come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Jack Roush.

It's all been a big tease though. According to Roush all 100 BlackJack Ford Mustangs have been pre-sold through the Roush-authorized Ford dealer base.

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