Watching Roush’s 650-hp supercharger kit running hard on the 2018 F-150 in the video below may get you wondering about how well the truck’s stock transmission and axles will hold up.
That certainly came to mind for one viewer who posed the question on Roush’s YouTube channel, and the iconic auto performance giant didn’t waste time in responding.
“The transmissions (both A10 and MT82) handle the power very well,” Roush Performance wrote back to Anthony Santamarina.
While Roush later clarified that the its F-150 cannot be optioned with Ford Performance Halfshafts (which are available on their supercharged Mustang), they did say that they “have not experienced any axle related issues with supercharged F-150s.”
Roush’s 2018 F-150 supercharger kit is available only for Ford’s 5.0-liter V8. However, a Level 2 Performance Pac can be had for the smaller 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost which provides an uptick of 101 horsepower and 133 lb.-ft. of torque.
Roush fans in California and other states that have the same strict emissions requirements passed by the California Air Resources Board are out of luck when it comes to Roush’s 650-hp supercharger. The $7,799 kit is not yet legal for use there or in other CARB-compliant states.
Hey, in the meantime, you can still watch the video below and maybe cross your fingers for a nod from CARB or ask Santa for an electric pickup, but it’s going to be a while. Rivian’s 800-hp electric R1T is expected to hit the market in late 2020.