We got a hold of the Stage 3 KTM Edition Roush F-150. KTM, the motorcycle maker, and Roush saw the possibilities of marketing to performance-minded truck buyers who also own bikes. This appears to be a natural relationship, since people haul other toys around in their trucks, right? Our unscientific confirmation came when one of our staff was driving the truck on the freeway, and a stranger hauling his KTM motorcycle in the bed of his F-150 pulled next to the KTM Edition Roush and declared his moto-solidarity with "Woo-hoo! Yeeaah! Allriiiight!"
This truck is an upfitted F-150 FX2 Sport SuperCab that is painted in factory white and a diagonal black strip along the side from bed to front wheel, and wrapped in bright orange vinyl, textured black, and the KTM logo. Black and orange are KTM's colors. Our version rolled on 20-inch wheels and 285/55R20 BFGoodrich g-Force tires, rested on a slightly tuned suspension, had painted bumpers, a chin spoiler, a billet grille, side skirts, fender flares, a non-functional hoodscoop, and dual rear-exit exhaust. This truck came with a supercharged 5.4L V-8 that cranked out a respectable 445 hp and 500 lb-ft.
Knowing that the factory speed limiter on the Roush was activated and set at around 95 mph, we didn't bother taking the truck to a 1/4-mile dragstrip. Actually, we tried to schedule a track, but unexpected logistical conflicts, travel schedules, and an unforgiving magazine production schedule forced us to improvise. So, we took the Roush to a nice patch of asphalt that we know, where we tested the 0-60 performance. Out of five runs, we twice made a time of 6.76 seconds.
We drove the wheels off the Roush during daily commutes, weekend road trips, and an out-of-state jaunt. Accelerating in the Roush is hardly a visceral experience, thanks to the cab's thoroughly effective sound insulation and that darn muffler. Yeah, stomping on the pedal does elicit a supercharged whine and exhaust rumble, but they sound faint. It's kind of like the wafting sound of a hot rod, charging down a far-away deserted street, that you hear from your bedroom window while trying to fall asleep at night. The upside of this is that you can keep the radio turned to a reasonable volume or hold a normal conversation with someone on the phone, and generally cruise around in aural comfort. The downside is exactly the same. If we were to drop 48-large on a supercharged pickup truck, we would want the joyful brashness of a rowdy exhaust note to blast away any lingering sense of buyer's remorse.