2020 Ford F-150 SC by Roush
Another great package from the house of Roush for the F-150, but seems a tad bit expensiveby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Roush Performance is a familiar name with Ford owners. Other than the Mustangs, Roush also makes packages for the Ford trucks out there. The company has a rich history in performance engineering, too In fact, the founder, Jack Roush, ran a drag racing team in the early 70s. So, you can be assured of the quality of work on the Roush-modded trucks.
The company has recently added the 2020 Roush F-150 SC to its long list of Ford re-creations. The Ford F-150 is a capable vehicle even in the stock form, and somehow, Roush has managed to make this a drool-worthy truck. It’s not just about the looks; it excels in the performance department as well. It comes with a huge bump in power and some aggressive styling that will please even the folks who like subtle looks. On the face of it, this is one of the most expensive packages that Roush has to offer for the F-150. Although impressive overall, is it worth 24 grand?
2020 Ford F-150 SC by Roush
Horsepower @ RPM:650
Torque @ RPM:610
- Offered in eight different exterior shades
- Roush-exclusive grille up front
- Integrated accent lighting on the grille and fenders
- Front bumper cover to enhance the looks
- Tasteful graphics all around the body
- 20-inch sexy black wheels
- 33-inch tires
- Running boards
Roush has struck gold when designing elements for the Ford F-150 truck. I find all the Roush trucks to be fantastic lookers. It looks like they know this too, and that is where the problem lies. The company has six packages for Ford’s trucks, four of which are for the F-150, and all of them look largely similar. To a non-enthusiast, they will all look the same. Roush is offering the 2020 F-150 SC in eight different shades. They include:
- Two shades of red
Up front, the stock C-shaped lights are wrapped around the signature Roush-exclusive grille that looks very sporty and suits the overall persona of the truck.
It is basically a black mesh grille with a plastic strip running from one end to the other with Roush embossed on it. There is no Blue Oval badge anywhere on the face. Does the F-150 need one, anyway? This custom grille comes with integrated accent lighting, which is basically three LED ’ twinkling stars’ on the top border of the grille. In case you miss the emblazoned Roush moniker on the grille, the company has slapped a ROUSH sticker on the windshield as well. There is a black decal on the power bulge right in the center of the hood that adds to the sportiness of the truck.
Below, instead of replacing the stock bumper, Roush has simply added a cover to the front bumper that works seamlessly with Ford’s adaptive cruise control system. A subtle change, but very effective when you compare it to the standard model. The bumper retains the square fog lamps and the tow hooks as it is. Roush is also offering a Baja-inspired chase rack with dual 10-inch Rigid SR Pro Series light bars with 7,920 lumens of output to provide a powerful light source for nighttime excursions as an option for a later date.
Generally, automakers don’t usually pay much attention to the side profiles of a truck. This seems to be common with all the trucks on the market today. But, this is where the aftermarket companies excel; and how! Roush hasn’t made any structural changes, just a few decals and a new set of rollers. It sure benefits from a raised stance that does half the work to make it look aggressive. The flared wheel arches on the F-150 SC are clad in black plastic and come with integrated accent lighting, just like the grille. Roush has also pasted exclusive SC badges on the fenders.
The truck rides on fantastic 20-inch wheels with bullet beads and locking lug nuts.
These wheels are wrapped in 33-inch General Grabber ATX LT305/55R20 all-terrain tires. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with the Powerscope mirrors. I agree that not many people will hitch a trailer regularly on the truck, but given how useful telescopic mirrors are, I believe they should be offered as standard equipment on all Ford models.
Roush has stuck many decals and graphics here. There is a bright red-orange stripe on the wing mirrors, irrespective of the body shade you choose, and ROUSH stickers on the front doors. The company hasn’t mentioned if it installed puddle lamps or not. These puddle lamps generally throw a “R” or “Roush” logo on the ground when the doors are unlocked or the doors are opened. It is available on other packages, so it would be a shame if it’s not available on this comparatively expensive one.
The rear is pretty simple and restricted in terms of styling. The tailgate has been blacked out with a graphic and loses on the Blue Oval badge as well.
Roush has provided a dual tip performance exhaust system. Unlike the front, the rear bumper is offered in the stock form itself. Now, this is not exactly a Roush problem, but I’m disappointed with Ford’s negligence in providing a proper, multifunctional tailgate like that on the Ram and GMC trucks. The F-Series is the best-selling truck for over decades in the States, and yet, it comes with a simple power tailgate in all the models.
The Ram and GMC trucks are offered with the MultiPro and Multifunctional tailgates, respectively. Until now, Ford’s excuse would be the fact that even the Silverado is offered with a simple tailgate. However, the next-gen Silverado is expected to feature the MultiPro tailgate. A test mule was spotted last year with MultiPro tailgate, so it’s safe to say that even the Chevy trucks are covered.
Other than the decals mentioned above, Roush is offering this truck with the Standard Graphics Package that includes:
- Accent Stripe
- U.S. Flag
- SC Tailgate Package
- Jack Roush Signature
- WeatherTech molded floor liners
- Serialized interior badging
- Exclusive gauge cluster
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Roush Key Fob
As expected from any aftermarket company, the interiors don’t have a lot to offer. Roush has offered a set of WeatherTech molded floor liners here. There is a serialized interior badging in there as well. Roush has also offered an exclusive gauge cluster. Despite the cost, most of the accessories are optional on this package. Even essentials that add to the premium and plush feel, like leather seats, do not come with the package. With the truck, you also get a Key Fob and a Certificate of Authenticity.
However, there is a lot to choose from the optional accessories. You can add stuff like:
- Roush Active Exhaust
- Chase Rack with Dual Rigid Light Bars (Late Availability)
- Premium Leather Package
- Optional Graphics Package such as Splatter Graphic, Power Stripe Graphic, Rocker Graphic
- Roush Console Vault
- Retractable Aluminum Bed Cover
- Bed Cargo Manager Add-On
- 5.0-liter, V-8 mill
- Roush TVS R2650 Supercharger
- 650 Horsepower
- 610 pound-feet of torque
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- Fox 2.0 Performance Series suspension system
- Active Cat-Back Performance Exhaust System
Roush is into performance engineering since 1976, so questioning or criticizing their mechanical work would be a cardinal sin.
Although Ford offers the F-150 in six different outfits under the hood, Roush has picked up the biggest V-8 engine and infused it with steroids. The 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine makes 395 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque in the stock form. However, Roush has equipped the F-150 SC with a 2.65-liter Roush TVS R2650 Supercharger system that pushes it to the limits. The Supercharger features a newly designed, high-flowing front inlet and outlet ports as well as an all-aluminum high efficiency intercooler and low temperature radiator. Working in tandem with this supercharger, the engine churns out 650 horses and 610 pound-feet of twist! It retains the same 10-speed automatic transmission, but Roush has not specified if power is sent to the all the wheels, or just the rear wheels.
Roush has also installed a Fox 2.0 Performance Series suspension system that raises the ride height to give the truck an intimidating stance and increasing clearance to accommodate the bigger tires.
Another interesting thing here is the Active Cat-Back Performance Exhaust System for the added torque and power. This system uses an electronic valve technology that adds an aggressive note to the engine. It allows you to choose from the four different settings - touring, sport, off-road, and custom. Roush has mounted a dial on the console that allows the drivers to switch seamlessly between each of the exhaust’s ’open’ and ’closed’ valve positions. You can customize the exhaust notes through the Roush Active Exhaust mobile app that’s available only on iOS.
In 2019, Roush’s F-150 Nitemare officially became the world’s quickest pickup truck. Although this is the SC, it still makes use of the same powertrain.
Roush claims that the two-door F-150 hits the 60 mph mark in 3.9 seconds, whereas the four-door Super Crew cab is a notch slower, hitting the same figure in 4.1 seconds.
However, there’s a catch. The company stated in a press release that the mule that took the test run was not the production-spec truck, but “an engineering test truck equivalent to a production Nitemare 4x4 Regular Cab.”
Although the tests were done with the Continental rubber (The SC rides on General Grabbers) that come as standard on the Roush F-150, the track was set for a sticky launch. This gives ample support to a vehicle when starting off the line and can make a difference of at least a millisecond or two. But nevertheless, the feat is no small achievement for a vehicle of this size and magnitude. To put things into perspective, even the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS takes the exact same time to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill. I hope Roush releases the 0-60 mph figures for this truck as well.
Roush is charging $24,000 for the 2020 Roush F-150 SC
. It goes unsaid that the price doesn’t include the cost of the donor vehicle. The 2020 Roush F-150 SC is offered with the standard 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.
|Rocker Graphic With Silver Accent||$550|
|Power Stripe Graphic||$550|
|SC Splatter Graphic||$550|
|Dual Tip Active Exhaust System||$1,750|
|Roush Off-Road Utility Kit||$250|
While $24,000 seems a little high at the onset, it comes with a fantastic engine that churns out enough grunt to plaster a smile on your face every time you floor the A-pedal.
If you compare it with most of the Ford-approved aftermarket manufacturers - such as Hennessey, RTR, Tuscany - who have worked on the F-Series, Roush seems to offer the best bang for the buck. The truck looks great, comes with a great powertrain, but lacks in the cabin finesse department. Also, a lot of optional accessories cost extra that could have been included in the package, such as the leather seats and console vault. Nevertheless, Roush has filled a void for fast trucks by offering a V-8 mill and 650 horses that Ford has created by not offering the Raptor V-8 to enthusiasts.