Ted Sheckler
October 15, 2013
Photos By: BBK Performance

Horse Sense: Soon you'll be able to round out the exhaust system featured here with BBK's new VariTune mufflers. These mufflers feature a mechanical adjuster that allows you to tweak the mufflers' sound, moving it up or down by 10 decibels.

Bolting on parts is one of the most satisfying parts of owning a Mustang, but sometimes those parts don't always get along. That's why it's often a safe bet to select a package from one outfit. Sometimes these packages consist of gear from a variety of manufacturers; other times they feature hard parts from the same manufacturer—but they all share the common thread of tuning to ensure they all play nice with one another.

One of the leading manufacturers of bolt-on gear for Mustangs is BBK Performance, a company that got its start selling parts for pushrod 5.0s and quickly moved to manufacturing its own. Today BBK offers a full complement of the popular bolt-on parts for modern Coyote Mustangs,and recently decided to put these parts together in packages, complete with tuning from SCT Performance.

"We want to offer a complete package that optimizes the full performance potential of our products," explained BBK Eastern Sales Manager Wayne Howard. "By combining the efforts of our engineers and SCT tuner James Gordon, we were able to develop tune files that increase horsepower and torque, all while maintaining stock driveability. The included BBK/SCT tuners will be pre-loaded with tune files calibrated specifically for BBK products, and this will eliminate the need and expense of a custom tune."

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We've touched on some of these parts in previous issues, most notably the throttle body and cold-air intake ("Fly by Wire," July '12, p. 98), but we were intrigued to see how the full package, replete with long-tube headers, would improve Coyote performance. It's worth noting that BBK will develop similar packages for other applications in the future, but the setups we are covering in this story are the Blackout CAI and tuner (PN 77685, $699.99); Blackout CAI, tuner, and throttle body (PN 71305, $1099.99); and Blackout CAI, tuner, throttle body, and long-tubes (PN 71345, $2099.99).

Fortunately, Wayne is a rabid enthusiast and the owner of a '11 Mustang GT. He happily volunteered his ride as the rolling laboratory for the development of these packages. Wayne bolted the parts on his car while snapping photos for us, and worked with James Gordon of Tuning by James (www.tuningbyjames.com) to develop BBK specific calibrations that are geared toward driveability and safety rather than all-out performance. That said, the gains are pretty impressive.

"The additional power is addictive!," Wayne said. "The car was impressive in stock form, but with the increased horsepower, torque, and sound, it's hard to keep your foot off the throttle. Driving around town is also more enjoyable due to the low-end gains."

After you skip to the dyno sidebar, be sure to backtrack to the captions to see the steps responsible for those impressive naturally aspirated gains.

On The Dyno

You have to love making power with bolt-on mods. Simply adding the BBK cold-air intake and tune generated an extra 18.9 hp and 36.10 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. That's definitely a gain you can feel.

Stepping up to the BBK 90mm throttle body shows the factory setup is pretty efficient, but there's still some gains to be had, as it added 2.03 hp and 1.15 lb-ft of torque. Our guess is the gains might have been larger if the throttle body was added after the exhaust, but that's a test for another time.

That said, adding the BBK long-tubes and high-flow catalytic X-shape crossover really paid off at the back wheels. These parts bolster horsepower by an additional 27.46 and 14.88 lb-ft of torque. The peak-to-peak gains totalled 48.39 hp and 45.77 lb-ft of torque, and the spread was even wider at higher rpm, which shows the value of a matched combination.

"It amazes me that we were able to add this much power to the already highly tuned Coyote engine," Wayne said. "Ford did a great job developing this engine, but our packages prove there is additional power to be gained."

That's definitely a gain you can feel

Wayne’s Mustang picked up peak-to-peak gains over 45 hp and 48 lb-ft of torque from bolt-ons and tuning. The parts paid even greater dividends at the top end of the tach.

Baseline CAI & Tune CAI, Tune & TB CAI, Tune, TB & Exhaust Baseline vs. Mods
RPM Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque
2,000 100.96 265.11 107.91 283.41 107.68 282.78 114.96 301.87 14.00 36.76
2,100 107.80 269.56 113.77 284.52 115.31 288.38 123.78 309.56 15.98 40.00
2,200 116.05 277.04 123.53 294.91 125.37 299.28 131.83 314.73 15.78 37.69
2,300 124.23 283.69 132.02 301.48 132.68 302.97 139.66 318.91 15.43 35.22
2,400 131.17 287.03 140.04 306.45 141.26 309.11 147.00 321.67 15.83 34.64
2,500 138.66 291.30 146.41 307.60 147.92 310.74 153.05 321.55 14.39 30.25
2,600 142.10 287.07 152.23 307.50 152.82 308.70 161.34 325.91 19.24 38.84
2,700 149.11 290.04 158.97 309.24 159.63 310.51 171.12 332.85 22.01 42.81
2,800 153.62 288.13 166.30 311.93 165.77 310.92 182.26 341.85 28.64 53.72
2,900 163.35 295.81 175.49 317.82 175.11 317.13 191.51 346.82 28.16 51.01
3,000 171.67 300.55 184.91 323.72 185.36 324.52 200.68 351.33 29.01 50.78
3,100 180.41 305.65 193.22 327.36 190.59 322.90 208.19 352.72 27.78 47.07
3,200 187.79 308.21 199.85 328.01 202.12 331.75 214.06 351.34 26.27 43.13
3,300 195.33 310.84 208.65 332.07 210.22 334.57 221.18 352.02 25.85 41.18
3,400 204.75 316.30 218.28 337.18 219.21 338.62 229.46 354.46 24.71 38.16
3,500 213.17 319.87 228.53 342.92 230.02 345.16 241.98 363.12 28.81 43.25
3,600 222.80 325.03 239.55 349.48 239.67 349.64 252.26 368.03 29.46 43.00
3,700 232.69 330.29 248.78 353.15 250.58 355.70 261.57 371.29 28.88 41.00
3,800 239.72 331.33 256.25 354.18 256.36 354.32 269.61 372.63 29.89 41.30
3,900 245.49 330.60 262.95 354.11 266.23 358.53 280.19 377.32 34.70 46.72
4,000 254.29 333.87 276.78 363.41 278.10 365.13 292.31 383.80 38.02 49.93
4,100 263.73 337.84 287.62 368.43 289.35 370.66 302.41 387.39 38.68 49.55
4,200 272.94 341.29 297.64 372.19 300.14 375.32 313.89 392.51 40.95 51.22
4,300 286.23 349.59 310.99 379.84 311.86 380.91 325.96 398.13 39.73 48.54
4,400 295.96 353.27 320.12 382.13 321.86 384.19 333.67 398.29 37.71 45.02
Baseline CAI & Tune CAI, Tune & TB CAI, Tune, TB & Exhaust Baseline vs. Mods
RPM Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque Power Torque
4,500 301.46 351.85 325.28 379.65 325.69 380.13 337.87 394.35 36.41 42.50
4,600 304.92 348.16 327.59 374.04 326.85 373.20 340.22 388.45 35.30 40.29
4,700 308.09 344.28 331.39 370.33 330.49 369.32 344.84 385.35 36.75 41.07
4,800 312.44 341.87 337.66 369.47 336.23 367.90 350.95 384.01 38.51 42.14
4,900 317.36 340.17 340.76 365.25 342.93 367.57 356.24 381.84 38.88 41.67
5,000 321.96 338.19 349.06 366.66 349.12 366.72 365.32 383.73 43.36 45.54
5,100 330.07 339.91 357.54 368.20 357.27 367.92 375.88 387.08 45.81 47.17
5,200 337.49 340.88 364.77 368.42 364.33 367.98 384.28 388.12 46.79 47.24
5,300 343.47 340.38 371.25 367.90 370.85 367.50 389.65 386.12 46.18 45.74
5,400 346.78 337.28 371.79 361.61 374.20 363.95 395.02 384.20 48.24 46.92
5,500 350.30 334.52 374.96 358.07 376.86 359.88 395.87 378.03 45.57 43.51
5,600 352.98 331.06 376.81 353.41 377.38 353.94 398.24 373.51 45.26 42.45
5,700 352.38 324.70 375.93 346.40 379.62 349.79 401.26 369.74 48.88 45.04
5,800 352.82 319.50 375.59 340.11 381.03 345.04 404.13 365.96 51.31 46.46
5,900 354.18 315.29 376.13 334.83 382.03 340.07 406.46 361.83 52.28 46.54
6,000 356.60 312.16 377.33 330.30 383.55 335.74 411.18 359.93 54.58 47.77
6,100 357.86 308.12 380.44 327.56 384.71 331.23 414.14 356.58 56.28 48.46
6,200 362.45 307.04 383.23 324.64 387.13 327.95 415.86 352.28 53.41 45.24
6,300 363.69 303.19 385.21 321.14 389.10 324.38 417.62 348.15 53.93 44.96
6,400 366.45 300.73 387.29 317.84 390.45 320.42 418.22 343.22 51.77 42.49
6,500 367.74 297.14 388.04 313.54 391.37 316.24 416.64 336.66 48.90 39.52
6,600 368.12 292.95 388.26 308.97 390.43 310.69 416.67 331.57 48.55 38.62
6,700 367.27 287.92 386.60 303.05 386.20 302.74 412.78 323.58 45.51 35.66
6,800 345.80 267.13 380.43 293.84 379.74 293.30 408.91 315.85 63.11 48.72
6,900 n/a n/a 375.42 285.75 375.12 285.54 403.83 307.35 n/a n/a
7,000 n/a n/a 367.22 275.48 369.12 276.95 365.74 274.8 n/a n/a
7,100 n/a n/a n/a n/a 363.62 268.98 178.56 133.05 n/a n/a