If you’re on a tight budget but still want a hot-looking Mustang, you’ll be glad to hear about the latest addition to the Roush lineup. New this year is the Roush Mustang RS — it retails for under $30,000 for the car plus upgrades.

Whereas most vehicles from Roush receive modest to ludicrous performance modifications, this one is a straight appearance package. The RS is built off of Ford’s 3.7-liter V6 Mustang fastback or convertible and is unchanged from the factory. A Roush fascia, splitter and hood give the front end the signature Roush look seen on all other variants done up by the company. To make doubly sure everyone knows it’s a Roush ‘Stang, a windshield banner, license plate frame and serialized engine bay plaque are thrown into the package as well … though it does seem rather pointless and trivial to have a special engine bay plaque for a car that is mechanically no different from a V6 Mustang you can buy straight from Ford.

More “RS” accouterments await you on the interior in the form of a Roush gauge cluster, floor mats and door sill plates. The only tangible performance upgrade included with this package is the Mustang GT’s performance pack wheels and tires. Those Pirelli P Zero summers and 19-inch wheels should add some extra zing to the handling of the otherwise stock Mustang.

In case you were interested in spending a bit over $30,000, Roush has a couple add-ons that might be worth the price of admission. A performance exhaust system is yours for $590. That should make your car sound like a Roush Mustang instead of just looking like one. Higher performance Cooper RS3 tires and larger Roush wheels are available for a bit over $3,000, and other interior extras such as leather-wrapped seats and aluminum pedals can be tacked on as well.

So yes, you can get an official Roush Mustang for under $30,000. If you want some real performance improvements though, you’re going to have to fork over a few thousand dollars more.

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