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The market for the Roush F-150 skews toward males, just like the market for pickup trucks in general. But Roush does turn out supercab versions, so the trucks can accommodate families.

The market for the Roush F-150 skews toward males, just like the market for pickup trucks in general. But Roush does turn out supercab versions, so the trucks can accommodate families.


The supercharger Roush puts on its F-150 is legal in all states and meets California CARB regulations regarding air quality. Better yet, even nonintercooled versions add 112 hp and 137 lb-ft of torque.

The supercharger Roush puts on its F-150 is legal in all states and meets California CARB regulations regarding air quality. Better yet, even nonintercooled versions add 112 hp and 137 lb-ft of torque.


A natural-gas-burning sixcylinder engine can take the Bedouin up to 155 mph. Electronic and mechanical governors stop the Swiss concept vehicle from going any faster.

A natural-gas-burning sixcylinder engine can take the Bedouin up to 155 mph. Electronic and mechanical governors stop the Swiss concept vehicle from going any faster.


It takes just 10 sec to convert the two-seat, sporty Bedouin into a cargo carrier. The roof folds into the rear wall of the passenger compartment and the floor of the cargo bed.

It takes just 10 sec to convert the two-seat, sporty Bedouin into a cargo carrier. The roof folds into the rear wall of the passenger compartment and the floor of the cargo bed.


The Roush F-150 sits a bit lower than a stock truck, thanks to a tuned suspension.

The Roush F-150 sits a bit lower than a stock truck, thanks to a tuned suspension.


Twenty-inch tires and dual side exhaust distinguish the Roush F-150

Twenty-inch tires and dual side exhaust distinguish the Roush F-150


Millions of pickup trucks are sold in the U.S. every year, and many of those buyers want more than what the auto companies offer in terms of styling and performance. Truck buyers also want to personalize their rides and add a bit more power. One company that caters to these trucking enthusiasts is Roush Performance Products Inc., Livonia, Mich. (roushperf.com).

Roush has a long-standing relationship with Ford, maker of the all-time best-selling truck, the F-150. So with over 900,000 F-150s sold last year, it was a no-brainer for engineers at Roush to choose it as the truck they would work their magic on. For 2006, Roush has three F-150s: Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3, offering something for every level of truck lover.

STAGE ONE
Stage 1 is strictly a cuttingedge styling exercise with upgraded tires, wheels, and exhaust. It includes body-colored bumpers, chin spoiler, and a hood scoop with a black, carbonfiber insert that contributes to the more aggressive look.

Twenty-inch chrome wheels carry tires from Cooper Tire, the firm that owns Mickey Thompson Tires. "We're just moving into a relationship with Cooper and our chassis and tire & wheel engineers are working with its designers to develop new tires and wheels for us," says Ryan Byunn, parts marketing manager for Roush.

A dual-exhaust system with Roush tips can exit the truck's rear or side, and adds more than cosmetics. The system contributes 10 to 15 hp by decreasing backpressure. It uses mandrel bends and a straight-through muffler. And the muffler generates an exhaust note that "pushes public tolerance levels," Roush says proudly.

To completely Roushify the truck, there is special badging on the windows, fender, and tailgate, along with embroidered floormats. Roush engineers can transform F-150s with any bed, cab, or chassis option into a Stage-1 truck.