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Roush announces details of 2020 Ford F-150 performance pickups

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

Roush Performance has confirmed details of its Ford F-150 pickup truck offerings for 2020, with two versions available to order now. 

A supercharged V-8 engine provides the power for both of the pairing, but Roush has tailored the vehicles to suit different tastes. 

Both will offer impressive power and performance, but buyers will be able to pick whether they prefer to enjoy it on the street or in the dirt.

Rumble in the jungle

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

Getting ready to kick it in the rough stuff is the 2020 F-150 SC. Designed as an all-purpose off-roader, the SC has features to enable it to make the most of its supercharged engine.

At the heart of the SC is Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine, but fitted with Roush’s TVS R2650 supercharger system. This boosts output to an impressive 650 horsepower, with 610 lb-ft of torque. 

A Roush cat-back exhaust with sporty dual-tips is also standard, helping the engine breathe better, while enhancing its sound. Buyers can also pay extra for an active exhaust, controlled by a switch inside the cabin. 

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

Roush has also tuned the Fox 2.0 suspension system, and fitted Grabber ATX 305/55 tires mounted on special 20-inch alloy wheels. 

Exterior changes include a custom front bumper, Roush-branded front grille with special lighting, and flared fenders. Roush badges inside and out, plus a special graphics package are also included in the $24,000 price over the donor vehicle. 

Optional extras include a premium leather interior, and a Baja-inspired exterior rack with light bars. A console vault to safely store your possessions can also be added.

Ready for the drag strip

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

Last year saw Roush claim the title of the quickest pickup in the world, using the F-150 Nitemare to set a new record. Independent testing saw the truck accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds when configured in Regular Cab format. 

Like the SC, the Nitemare uses the supercharged 5.0-liter Ford V-8, producing 650 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. A dual-tip sports exhaust is standard. 

Aiding the greater acceleration of the Nitemare are 22-inch satin black wheels, wrapped in sticky Continental CrossContact rubber. A suspension lowering kit also allows it to sit lower to the floor, making this an asphalt-orientated truck.

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

Exterior changes include a Nitemare-specific front grille, which Roush states still works with Ford’s active cruise control system. Bold graphics include a hockey stick stripe for the sides, and a blackout panel for the tailgate.

The interior features a serialized Roush build plaque, whilst each example also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the factory. Despite the speed, the Nitemare is actually cheaper than the SC, with prices beginning at $19,150 above the donor vehicle.

Buyers can again opt for a full leather interior, or specify that center console storage vault if needed. Like all Roush vehicles, the SC and Nitemare come with a three-year / 36,000-mile warranty. 

Serious horsepower and serious capability

2020 Roush Performance Pickups

According to Jack Roush Jr., the 2020 duo are designed to aid customers who want “serious horsepower and serious capability” in their pickup truck. 

He also added that both “the Nitemare and the F-150 SC are a thrill to drive – whether you’re on the street, towing your boat, or enjoying the trails off-road”.

The two trucks join the recently announced Roush F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition, along with the upgraded 2020 Phase 2 Mustang.

Roush F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition is a 650 hp truck ready for anything

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

Tuning company Roush Performance has collaborated with California-based 5.11 Tactical to produce a special limited-edition version of the Ford F-150.

Launched at the recent 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the 5.11 Tactical Edition combines a wealth of performance enhancements and bespoke design upgrades. 

Roush currently plans to build 150 examples of the 5.11 Tactical Edition, with the truck aimed at those who need a dependable vehicle with a hefty dose of attitude. 

Rapid tactical deployment

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

No self-respecting Roush produce would come without one of the company’s signature superchargers added beneath the hood. The 5.11 Tactical Edition does not disappoint, with a 2.65-liter ‘charger added to the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. 

Peak power is upped to an impressive 650 horsepower, with a corresponding 610 lb-ft of torque. This is the same set of figures as found in the record-breaking Roush F-150 Nitemare, meaning performance should not be in doubt here. 

Roush also fits a cat-back Active Performance Exhaust system, allowing the driver to change the sound from the tailpipes at the twist of a dial. Picking ‘Touring’ mode quietens the exhaust down, which could be handy for doing important tactical activities. 

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

Suspension upgrades are also included, with a Roush/Fox 2.0 Performance Series setup installed to improve ride comfort. Tire clearance is also said to be enhanced, with the 5.11 Tactical Edition wearing 20-inch wheels fitted with 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain rubber.

Completing the exterior makeover is a wide array of parts from the Roush catalogue. This includes a new front grille with signature lighting, plus fender flares which also house accent lighting elements. Puddle lights also display the Roush logo when the truck is unlocked. 

Roush will only offer the 5.11 Tactical Edition is two Ford colors – Agate Black or Abyss Gray. This is combined with digital camouflage graphics and 5.11 Tactical logos applied to the outside of the F-150.  

Lock and load up on tactical gear

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

The Tactical theme continues inside, where Roush has installed a custom-branded vehicle safe in the center console. Fitted with a combination lock, and made from cold-rolled plate steel, it allows for secure storage of important equipment. 

Roush-branded leather seats are fitted, along with a Roush instrument cluster and a set of bespoke floor liners made by WeatherTech.

In addition to the special Roush badging fitted on the exterior of the 5.11 Tactical Edition, each of the 150 models will also gain a serialized commemorative plaque on the dashboard.  

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

A collaboration with a tactical clothing and equipment manufacturer would surely be wasted without an accompanying haul of branded goods. 

Roush has not disappointed with this special edition. Buyers will receive a branded tactical duffle bag, a custom 5.11 Tactical hard case with a heavy-duty responder’s multi-tool inside, a custom tactical pen, a steel money clip, plus a range hat and USA flag patch.

Each of the 150 trucks will come with a unique serialized certificate of authenticity when leaving the Roush Performance factory in Michigan.

Time to make a tactical decision

Roush Ford F150 5.11 Tactical Edition

The 5.11 Tactical Edition joins the growing number of special outdoor-focussed pickups, with Chevrolet having released the Silverado HD Carhartt Edition at SEMA last year. 

Pricing for the 5.11 Tactical Edition is dependent on the base F-150 chosen as a starting point. However, the transformation itself will add $31,000 to the overall price, with Roush only using the 5.0-liter V-8 Lariat model.

All Roush trucks are supplied with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, and can be ordered now with delivery expected in Spring 2020.