As a proud performance vehicle with a strong racing legacy, it is hardly surprising that the Ford Mustang has developed a large following of driving enthusiasts. The Mustang performance market is so large, in fact, that it takes more than one company to fully satisfy consumer demand. Two of the most well-known names in Mustang performance optimization are Shelby and ROUSH. Which brand is right for you? Do you roll with ROUSH, or stick with Shelby?

Ames Ford Lincoln is Iowa's top Shelby and ROUSH performance dealership. We offer Iowa drivers the opportunity to explore both the Shelby and the ROUSH product lines. We also sell upgrade packages which our certified performance technicians can install on your existing Mustang, Raptor or F-150. Contact us for details.

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 Shelby - The Birth of a Legend

Carroll Shelby was a Texan who began his automotive career driving for Aston Martin in European races. When heart problems ended his driving career, Shelby turned his talents towards designing race cars. When Ford sought to give its Mustang sports car a racing pedigree, it hired Shelby to design vehicles capable of competing in races around the globe. This partnership led to the release of the GT350 in 1965 and the GT500 a few years later.

Today, Shelby American produces a variety of performance-oriented Mustang vehicles in partnership with Ford. This includes the GT350, GT500 and a number of limited-edition models. The Shelby lineup also includes a few pickup trucks and classic cars.

The GT350 and GT500 both use a 5.2-liter V8 engine. The GT350 can produce 526 horsepower, while the GT500 can achieve as much as 760. Special edition models such as the 500-car Shelby Super Snake lineup can put out as much as 825 horsepower. Shelby vehicles are also remarkable for their innovative styling and unique interiors.

ROUSH - Precision Engineering for Modern Performance

Jack Roush first got a job with Ford in 1970, working for the company's engineering division. So when he left to start his own racing company six years later, it was only natural that he would use Ford vehicles as his model. Today, Roush-led teams claim titles in many prestigious American racing circuits, including NASCAR.

The modern ROUSH brand is more pickup truck-based than Shelby American, with a stronger focus on aftermarket upgrade kits. But ROUSH also offers an array of performance-optimized Mustang models for the consumer market.

The ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang is capable of producing 750 horsepower and 670 pound-feet of torque. It also offers buyers a manual transmission, which is only available on Shelby's GT350-derived models. The Jack Roush Edition Mustang, which is limited to 60 vehicles in the United States, can put out 775 horsepower and 670 pound-feet. 

Two Racing Legends, One Legendary Vehicle

It is very difficult to declare a winner in the Shelby versus ROUSH Mustang debate. While the name Shelby has a longer history associated with it, ROUSH is also capable of producing innovative and exciting vehicles that live up to their performance reputation. Perhaps the best way for Iowa drivers to resolve this question is to visit their local Ford dealership and explore both types of vehicle for themselves.

Ames Ford Lincoln offers a strong selection of new and used vehicles for Iowa customers. Our finance and service centers can help drivers afford and maintain a wide range of vehicles. And our ROUSH Performance division is Iowa's top source for Shelby and ROUSH vehicles and upgrades. Visit us at 123 Airport Road in Ames, Iowa, or call us at (515) 233-1913 to learn more or to schedule a test drive.


Ames Ford Lincoln

123 Airport Road
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