We’ll admit to being fans of the 2011 and later Mustang GT, largely because of its superb 5.0-liter V-8. Even in stock form, the car’s 412 horsepower provides plenty of entertainment, and Ford engineers did a commendable job with the car’s handling.

When it comes to pony cars, though, you can’t have too much of a good thing. Enter the 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang Premier Edition, which provides plenty of go, improved handling and just enough bling to stand out from the rest of the herd.

ROUSH Mustang Premier Edition cars come in show-quality, tri-coat metallic paint colors including Blue Bayou, Gold Rush, Mat It Mango, Motor City Iron, Red Blooded American and seven other hues that ensure you’ll be able to find your car in the parking lot.

Premier Edition Mustangs also get painted stripes, Premier Edition badging, color-matched interior elements and the whole complement of go-fast parts that make up a 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, including:

  • ROUSHcharged 5.0-liter engine, good for 540 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 20-inch wheels withe ultra-high-performance tires
  • Performance tuned suspension
  • Enhanced brake package
  • ROUSH body kit

ROUSH Stage 3 Mustangs are legitimately quick around a racetrack, as demonstrated by Billy Johnson’s third-place finish (behind a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche Turbo S) on this year’s One Lap of America.

Considering the package contents, the price of a 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Premier Edition ($40,250, plus the cost of a Mustang GT) isn’t all that bad. In fact, if we could sell unneeded internal organs for cash, we’d probably be e-mailing ROUSH by now.