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2021 Roush F-150 offers increased truck performance for a pretty penny

The 2021 Roush F-150 sports familiar design with high-performance upgrades.

Photo courtesy of Roush

The 2021 Ford F-150 is now available at dealerships nationwide. The F-150 Raptor is coming soon. If you want to take your performance to the next level, you'll soon be able to get your hands on the wheel of the 2021 Roush F-150, for a price.

The new truck is a product of the company's racing chops, both on- and off-road. It builds on the 2021 F-150 architecture and enhances its with Roust-engineered body components, a high-performance suspensions, upgraded wheels and tires, and a cat-back dual-tip exhaust system.

A high-flow Roush grille and bumper cover have in-set running lights as well as custom puddle lamps that display the ROUSH logo on the ground when a door is open and a signature ROUSH graphics package.

In place of the traditional "Ford" grille is a "Roush" one.Photo courtesy of Roush

Each model is based on four-wheel-drive XLT Sport and Lariat models and equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Additional enhancements include a custom-valved set of Roush/Fox 2.0 shocks. They're equipped with internal floating pistons to provide a smooth and controlled ride in the dirt or on the pavement. Roush says that the front coiler shocks are "outfitted with tuned performance springs that lift the front end two inches" resulting in a level stance for the truck.

Buyers can add a ROUSH Performance brake package to the model that features six-piston Alcon front brakes with upgraded 13.7-inch rotors and high-friction pads and a Roush active control exhaust system, which uses integrated electronic valves to allow the driver to quickly switch between exhaust modes via a console-mounted switch. An Extreme Off-Road Upgrade will be available later this year that will include suspension and tire upgrades for even greater off-road performance.

There's also Roush wide-body fender flares with integrated accent lights and vents. Below, the F-150 rides on General Tire 33-inch Grabber A/TX tires that are wrapped around 20-inch gray ROUSH wheels.

2021 The truck rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Roush

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But that's not all. The interior gets upgraded as well (and it's already quite plush). The features list includes Roush gauge cluster, serialized badging, custom pedals with rubberized grips for secure foot control and custom Roush floor liners by WeatherTech, as standard.

Buyers can upgrade further to include premium leather seating and the Ready Package, which includes a steel center console vault with a four-digit combo lock and the off-road utility kit that holds a host of trail recovery tools.

"The all-new F-150 has been a highly anticipated project for us," said Jack Roush Jr. "While our roots are in high-performance Mustangs, we've taken that knowledge and our racing prowess and applied to the all-new 2021 F-150. From the six-piston Alcon brakes to the ROUSH/Fox performance suspension, our modifications are engineered to provide unmatched performance, quality, and durability."

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The ROUSH F-150 starts at $16,745 over the factory MSRP of the base truck and comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. The 2021 Ford F-150 XLT starts at $35,050 and the 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat has a starting MSRP of $44.695. Opting for the V8 adds $1,995 to the F-150 XLT and $800 to the F-150 Lariat.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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