If you can’t wait any longer for a powerful, off-road-ready aluminum F-150, then the 2016 Roush F-150 SC is your next truck. Roush has started shipping them to dealers, complete with 600-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8s and Fox suspension. Unlike the new 2017 Ford Raptor, you can buy one of these today, and Roush even includes a warranty.
To get the Coyote V8 to 600 hp and 557 pound-feet of torque, Roush adds its Phase 1 Supercharger kit with an R2300 Eaton TVS blower. (The same supercharger is used on the Stage 3 Roush Mustang, on which it turns power up to 670 hp.) We have a feeling the Roush exhaust system it breathes through isn’t quiet. Compared to a stock Ford 5.0-liter, the Roushcharged truck motor makes an extra 215 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The new Raptor, which will be the most powerful stock F-150 when it arrives next year, puts out 450 hp from its EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6.
Although the suspension is not quite Raptor-spec, it at least comes from the same off-road specialists at Fox. The Roush F-150’s 2.0 Performance Series Suspension System includes front coil-overs and rear shocks that give it a lift and are tuned to improve off-road capability while preserving some semblance of on-road composure. There’s also a set of 20-inch Roush wheels wrapped in chunky 305/55-series Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ rubber.
To fit the big tires, Roush adds some beefy flares with integrated clearance lights, not unlike those on the Raptor. There are also clearance lights in the Roush grille, a front bumper cover, and a set of graphics for the hood, tailgate, rockers, and windshield. It’s all covered by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty from Roush. Pricing starts at $22,600 on top of the price of the truck. These F-150s can be ordered through participating Ford dealers as long as you find one in a state that doesn’t follow California Air Resources Board emissions standards, because the 600-hp engine is a little too awesome for their testing.