July 6, 2011

Even though the most recent ’05-’11 Mustangs rank among the best Mustangs ever, we Mustang owners can’t leave well enough alone. And thanks to the Mustang and performance aftermarket, we’ve got plenty of new products to improve and enhance the latest S197 Mustangs, including the new ’11 model with its 305hp V-6 and 412hp Coyote 5.0L for the GT. Here’s a look at some of the best new products to hit the market.

MaxFlow H-Pipe

MRT’s MaxFlow H-Pipe exhaust for ’05-’10 Mustang GTs and ’07-’10 Shelby GT500s produces a deep, mellow exhaust note while improving the flow of exhaust gases by maximizing the mid-pipe system. Independent testing has shown that the MRT MaxFlow H-Pipe produces equal or superior horsepower numbers in comparably equipped vehicles under similar conditions. Manufactured in Michigan and made from the finest 304-grade stainless steel, the MRT MaxFlow H-Pipe clamps directly in place of the factory mid-pipe exhaust. MRT also offers the MaxFlow H-Pipe without catalytic converters for off-road use.

Paxton for ’11

Paxton Automotive has introduced a new high-output supercharger system for the ’11 Mustang 5.0-liter GT. With the NOVI-2200SL gear-driven centrifugal supercharger, flywheel power increase is from 412 to 615 hp with a torque gain from 390 to 475 lb-ft at 8 psi boost. The 2200SL features an internal oil reservoir (self-lubricated) that does not require an oil line between the oil pan and gear case. Components include an integrated air-to-air charge cooler and a 98mm mass-air-flow housing. Fuel management upgrade includes an SCT hand-held programmer, fuel rail spacers, and high-flow fuel injectors. Complete bolt-on systems include all necessary belts, pulleys, mounting brackets, and fasteners.

V-6 AirRaid

AirRaid’s MXP Series intake system for the ’11 3.7L V-6 is a complete one-piece cold-air box featuring a blade-style weatherstrip that keeps the engine heat away from the filter. Available either oiled or non-oiled, the high-flow premium filter consists of a urethane body that won’t crack or shrink. The kit also comes with a roto-molded intake tube designed to maximize airflow and all the necessary hardware for installation.

’11 Short-Throw

Barton Industries’ new shifter for the ’11 Mustang 5.0 and V-6 features a dual-pivot trunnion that reduces the shifter throw by 40 percent. Machined from 6061 T6 billet aluminum and 304 stainless steel, the Barton shifter utilizes minimal NVH for quiet operation. It also maintains the factory reverse lock-out and backup camera as well as accepting the factory knob and knob height. A new shifter bracket offers ultra-low deflection with its machined and anodized 6061 T6 billet aluminum body and polyurethane bushing.

Shaker for ’11

Classic Design Concepts now offers its Shaker Hood System for the ’11-’12 Mustang GT. Featuring CDC’s heritage-cast aluminum hoodscoop, the Shaker utilizes factory attachment points and retains the factory strut tower brace. The installation requires no paintwork and utilizes the design of the original aluminum hood for a straightforward process. A factory-stamped recess in the hood’s inner layer was included by Ford specifically for the CDC Shaker to maintain the structural integrity of the hood after a hole is cut.

Centered Fog Lamps

For the ’67 Shelby look, California Muscle Parts has introduced a centered fog lamp kit for ’10-’11 Mustang GTs. The grille shell looks and feels like the original except it moves the fog lamps to the center for a unique appearance. The kit includes a new grille shell, wiring harness extension kit, and mounting hardware. California Muscle Parts is a division of California Mustang.

Steeda Boss Induction

For the ’11 5.0L Mustang, Steeda Autosports has created an Ultimate Induction Pak that utilizes the ’12 Boss 302’s composite intake along with Steeda’s Pro Flow Cold Air Intake. Rather than marketing a piecemeal solution, Steeda has worked out a performance package that provides a thoroughly engineered solution for both naturally-aspirated and nitrous applications. The Steeda Boss 302 Ultimate Induction Pak has been extensively tested to deliver optimal performance for track, street, and dragstrip.

Kooks Complete Exhaust

New from Kooks Custom Headers is a complete exhaust system, including headers, for the ’11 Mustang GT’s 5.0L engine. To make the most horsepower and torque, the Kook’s headers were designed to utilize the sequential firing order of the Coyote four-valve cylinder heads. Increases of over 45 horsepower and 40 ft-lb of torque have been achieved. To complete the system, Kooks offers a 3-inch crossover or H-pipe, with or without (off-road only) high-flow catalytic converters, and a 3-inch cat-back exhaust with polished oval mufflers and 4-inch polished tips. The exhaust is constructed from 304 aircraft-grade stainless steel and comes with a lifetime warranty.