'11-'13 Mustang Performance Parts Buyer's Guide
Making the new 5.0L, V-6, and Shelby Mustangs even better with great products from the aftermarket
There's no doubt about it – today's Mustang is the best Mustang ever. With a 305hp V6, 412hp GT (420hp for '13!), 444hp Boss 302, and 550hp Shelby G.T. 500 (650hp for '13!), it's the best performance Mustang line-up since 1969. But thanks to a great Mustang to start with, the performance aftermarket keeps coming up with great products to make the Mustang even better. Here's a look at some of the best performance products for the '11-'13 Mustang. Many of them fit the '05-'10 models as well.
Intake swaps have been popular ever since the invention of the gasoline engine. Ford Racing provides owners of '11-'13 Mustang GTs with a factory swap, offering the short-runner intake from the Boss 302 for optimum flow at higher rpms. Identical to the intake found on the '12-'13 Boss 302, the intake is made from a lightweight composite material and is a direct swap for the original 5.0L intake. Calibration is required, and a Boss 302 Intake Manifold Install Kit, part number M-9444-M50B, is recommended. The Boss 302 intake can be purchased wherever Ford Racing parts are sold.
Corsa Performance Exhausts has introduced new bolt-on exhaust systems for the '11-'12 Mustang GT and V-6, Shelby G.T. 500, and Boss 302. The axle-back exhaust features a dual rear-exit design along with Corsa's patented Reflective Sound Cancellation technology for a muscular exhaust note with no interior resonance. Two sound levels are offered: the Sport system is robust on the throttle while the Xtreme system produces a louder, more aggressive note. Corsa claims an improvement of seven horsepower for the Mustang GT and Boss. Installation hardware and instructions are included.
Designed and manufactured for MRT's SEMA Award-winning '11 Mustang TKO, the MRT MaxFlow H-pipe for '11-'13 V6 Mustangs minimizes restriction and power losses by maximizing the flow of exhaust gases for increased power and performance coupled with a deep performance sound. During the design process, the MRT engineering team optimized the tube diameter to 2 ½ inches for 25 percent more flow. Mandrel bending technology ensures smooth bends and precise fit from the 304 stainless steel. MRT's catalytic converters are built to last with choice packing designed to endure serious performance driving for many years. The system is a direct fit factory replacement with no other modifications required, although custom tuning (available from MRT) will optimize the performance gain.
Coyote Throttle Body
BBK's 85mm Power-Plus throttle body for the Coyote 5.0L in '11-'12 Mustang GTs is an easy way to increase throttle response and add 8-12 rear-wheel horsepower. Each BBK unit starts life as a new CNC-machined 356 aluminum casting which is then fitted with high-quality components, including a new OEM drive motor and electronics, to make it a true bolt-on and plug-in upgrade. The throttle body works with both stock and aftermarket tunes.
Shelby Performance Parts' 6-speed shifter for '11-'13 V6 and GT Mustangs reduces throw by 40 percent without sacrificing the neutral left to right movement. Offered as part number S11M-7210-B, the shifter is made with a dual pivot trunnion for fast, smooth shifts, especially the Second to Third shift during spirited driving. A new shifter bracket is provided to replace to factory's flimsy bracket. The shifter works with the factory reverse lock-out and reverse camera.
5.0L Coil Covers
Owners of '11-'13 Mustang GTs can now dress up their 5.0L Coyote engines with coil covers from Ford Racing. Available in blue (same as Boss 302, M-6P067-M50B), black (M-6067-50BK), or chrome (M-6067-50C), the covers are a direct replacement for the factory covers. The black and chrome covers are made from die-cast aluminum with etched Ford Racing logo, while the blue covers are plastic with a "Powered by Ford" logo.
A new TVS handling kit from Hotchkis Sport Suspension provides exceptional handling, traction, and driver control for '11-'13 Mustangs. A tuned and balanced system, the kit increases front/rear roll stiffness for crisp, quick turn-in response while also lowering the stance. The system includes Sport Springs that lower ride height 1-inch with higher spring rates, tubular 4-way adjustable front (1.5-inch) and 3-way adjustable rear (1-inch) sway bars, and an optional adjustable Panhard rod to remove unwanted side to side axle movement during cornering.
The new black "Coyote-style" 5.0 emblems from Latemodel Restoration Supply add a great custom look to '11-'13 Mustangs. They feature the correct "curved" shape for easy installation with the pre-installed die-cut adhesive.
MRT now offers a front splitter for the '10-'12 Mustang GTs, California Specials, and '12 Boss 302s. Engineered and constructed at the MRT facility, the race-inspired front splitter adds an aggressive, purposeful, and aerodynamic stance. Built to last with ABS plastic construction, the splitter does not require paint. Stainless steel turnbuckles resist rust and secure the splitter to the front fascia. The splitter installs with no additional pieces for California Special and Boss 302 models; an MRT installation kit is required for GTs.
DynoMax Performance Exhaust has introduced a new axle-back exhaust system for '11-'12 Mustang GTs with the 5.0L Coyote engine. Offered as part number 39504, the system includes a pair of Ultra Flo muffler assemblies with 2.75-inch inlet pipes and 3.5-inch slant-cut tips, along with OEM-style rod brackets. In addition to a more muscular sound, dyno testing has shown 13-horsepower and 13 ft. lb of torque improvement. A lifetime warranty and 90-day trial is included.
Sound with Kick
Kicker Performance Audio pushes the sound envelope with a factory upgrade kit for '11-'13 Mustangs (also fits '05-'10 models). The kit includes a 10-inch square subwoofer in an OEM-quality, made-to-fit trunk enclosure with mounting brackets and wiring, an integrated 200-watt bass amplifier, and an optional multi-channel DSP amp to enhance the existing factory speakers. Each component has been tuned and balanced to match the vehicle.
With free-breathing heads and a stout bottom end, the Coyote 5.0L engine in '11-'13 Mustang GTs is perfect for supercharging. Ford Racing offers two versions of its twin-screw Whipple supercharger – one for 525hp and another for 624hp, both with the correct calibrations for the 5.0L's 11:1 compression ratio. Available with black wrinkle and polished finishes, the supercharger is offered as part number M-6066-MGT525D (525hp) and M-6066-MGT624D (624hp), both for manual transmissions only. The kit comes with the Whipple supercharger, intake manifold and air inlet system, air-to-liquid intercooler, 6-rib drive belt, high-flow fuel injectors, and Ford Racing ProCal tool for calibrating.
The SVE Drift is the latest wheel offering from Latemodel Restoration Supply. Inspired by and made for performance enthusiasts, the Drift wheel is available in matte black and bright silver. LRS also offers them as a wheel and tire kit, featuring free nitrogen fills, mounting, balancing, and shipping. In other words, ready to bolt on.
Owners of '11-'13 Mustangs (and earlier models, as well) can add a splash of sparkle to their engine compartment with UPR's underhood billet components. Available in satin, polished, or black anodized finishes, the CNC-machined pieces include fuse box covers, strut cap covers, hood pin bezels, dipstick handles, master cylinder covers, and cap covers for every cap in the engine compartment.
With the new 817553 American Thunder cat-back exhaust, Flowmaster performance and sound is now available for the '12-'13 Mustang Boss 302. Engineered specifically for the Boss 302, the new Flowmaster system incorporates flanges to retain the OE side-exit pipes, as well as Flowmaster's Scavenger crossover pipe and custom-engineered 60 Series Delta Flow mufflers for an aggressive, powerful exterior sound with moderate interior tone. Made from 409S stainless steel, the pipes measure a full 3-inches in diameter throughout. The kit comes with installation hardware and even includes side-pipe spacer plates with larger .75-inch holes - a popular modification in itself.
The OEM rubber shifter bushings in '11-'12 Mustang manual shifters are soft and can wear out quickly. That's why Energy Suspension offers a firmer polyurethane upgrade that offers more consistent shifting and will outlast its rubber counterpart.
Shelby Performance Parts' high-performance caster/camber plates (part number SMA-1818-A) allow for the adjustment of caster/camber for optimum handling characteristics. Additionally, they are useful in applications where the car has been lowered by allowing the correction of excessive negative camber. The bolt-on plates provide a 1.6-degree continuous range of camber adjustment without affecting caster, while 0.7-degree continuous caster adjustment provides correction for OEM production tolerances. With the Shelby caster/camber plate, both caster and camber are adjustable at the top of the strut tower. Plates are also available for '05-'10 Mustangs and '07-'10 Shelby G.T. 500s.
Made from premium hand-laid fiberglass, Cervini's C-Series hood adds a muscular appearance to '10-'12 Mustangs. With a 2-inch hood rise, it's also functional to allow the installation of most aftermarket superchargers. The hood comes with a fully finished underside liner with windshield washer nozzles relocated and hidden under the hood. Priced at $495, the C-Series hood is shipped unpainted in white gel coat. Painting services are also offered by Cervini's.
You can add to the '11-'12 Mustang GT's heritage looks with a Shaker Hood System from Ford Racing. In fact, Ford engineers specifically designed the stock hood with reinforcement in the stamping for the Shaker scoop. It attaches to the intake manifold through the factory engine cover to provide an appearance – and “shaking” scoop – like the original Shaker from the '69-'70 Mustang. Like the original, it is functional, delivering cold outside air to the OEM air box. The M-16612-SHKB kit includes all mounting hardware, ductwork, template for cutting the hood, and detailed instructions. The factory strut tower brace can remain in place.
Centered Fog Lights
To get that '67 Shelby look for '10-'12 Mustang GTs, California Muscle Parts (a division of California Mustang) offers a centered fog lamp kit that moves the factory grille lights from the outboard position to the center. The grille shells look and feel like the original except for the change in fog light position. The California Muscle Parts kit includes the new grille shell, wiring harness extension, and mounting hardware.
For a 20 percent shorter throw between shifts, Latemodel Restoration Supply offers the SVE Mongoose Short-Throw shifter for '11-'13 GT and V6 Mustangs equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. Made from high-grade 7075-T6 aluminum, the Mongoose shifter is a direct replacement for the factory shifter.
Responding to the demand of '11-'12 Mustang GT owners for a more performance exhaust sound, MRT has developed a new Interceptor axle-back exhaust system that optimizes exhaust flow while producing a deep, throaty, musclecar tone. Made from 304 stainless steel and CNC mandrel-bent tubing, the system features a new muffler design for improved sound quality without annoying resonance. The Interceptor systems come with 4-inch stainless steel tips.
If 305 horsepower from the stock '11-'12 V-6 isn't enough, ProCharger offers an Intercooled Supercharger System and Tuner Kit that adds up to 170 more horsepower to an otherwise stock 3.7L engine. The kit utilizes the self-contained P-1SC-1 supercharger with 8 psi of boost, an effective air-to-air intercooler, and dedicated 6-rib supercharger drive to produce some of the largest power gains in the industry.
Ford Racing has partnered with K&N to develop a high-flow air filter for '10-'12 Mustang GTs and '11-'12 V6 Mustangs. Flowing up to 22 percent more air than the stock filter, the K&N version (Ford Racing part number M-9601-MGT) is also washable, allowing it to be cleaned and reused.
Grant Products now offers good-looking, custom airbag steering wheels with sport grips for '11-'12 Mustangs (also fits '05-'10 models). Available with red, gray, or black appointments, the Grant Airbag Solutions steering wheels feel good in your hands and provide extraordinary control for performance driving. Grant offers a buy-back core program for purchasers.
Classic Design Concepts' hood strut kit for the '10-'12 Mustang eliminates the need for the factory prop rod, making it easier to service or modify the engine while also enhancing the visual appeal. Available in black or silver, the hood struts are manufactured from powdercoated, high-grade steel and are designed to OE specifications with the correct valving to open and close the production hood with ease.
For the '11-'12 Mustang GT, 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. Steeda's performance package provides a thoroughly engineered solution for both naturally-aspirated and nitrous applications. The Steeda Ultimate Induction Pak has been extensively tested to deliver optimal performance for the track, street, or drag strip.
One of the special parts on the '12-'13 Boss 302 Laguna Seca is the unique transmission cooler. Through Ford Racing, it is now available to owners of all '11-'12 Mustang GTs for directing air onto the transmission, which is especially helpful on track days or for all-out competition. The cooler and its bracket replace the factory pencil brace.
For a stealthy, blacked-out look for '10-'12 Mustangs, Latemodel Restoration Supply offers smoked light cover kits that are easy to install. The LRS kit comes with smoked covers for the headlights, taillights, and fog lights, along with a smoked taillight panel to finish off the looks.
For some drivers, the factory headrests on '10-'12 Mustangs can be uncomfortable. That's why MRT developed tilting headrests that are adjustable to four different positions, enabling drivers to achieve their most comfortable driving position. Manufactured in America, the headrests deliver factory quality fit and finish by matching the grain of the Mustang's leather interior. They are available in a variety of colors.
The '11-'12 Mustang's 3.7L V6 makes 305 horsepower from the factory, but AirRaid has figured out how to squeeze a few more ponies with their new PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer, which provides improved throttle response and increased low-end torque. Made from high-quality CNC-machined billet aluminum, the spacer features AirRaid's patented Helix-Bore design that creates a spinning of the incoming air charge as it passes through the throttle body spacer. This contributes to improved intake velocity and better atomization of the air-fuel mixture. The PowerAid is easy to install and comes with all mounting hardware.
Owners of '11-'12 Mustang GTs can put a little "road race" into their street cars with Ford Racing's Handling Pack. Available for both coupes (M-FR3-MGTA) and convertibles (M-FR3-MCGTA), the kit includes performance dampers, lowering springs (for a 1-inch drop), sway bars, strut tower brace, front strut mount upgrade, and jounce bumpers. Adjustable dampers and springs for a 1-1/2-inch drop are available separately.
Here's a time-honored modification for '11-'13 Mustang convertibles (also fits '05-'10 models). Ever since Shelby added a roll bar to the '69-'70 Shelbys, they've been a popular addition for all Mustang convertibles, especially when the '94 Mustang arrived. The SVE styling bar from Latemodel Restoration Supply is constructed from high-grade urethane that has a grained, charcoal finish for factory look and fit. Although not designed as roll-over protection, the inner structure is made of steel tubing for a solid support structure. The bar comes in charcoal black to match most interiors.
UPR's billet shifter for '11-'12 Mustangs fits both the V-6 and GT V-8 models with the 6-speed manual transmission. Made from 7075 CNC billet aluminum with a silver finish, the shifter offers 20 percent shorter throws for quicker, more precise shifting. It installs in 30 minutes.
Here's a quick and easy way to upgrade the front brakes on '11-'12 Mustang GTs and V6s. The EradiSpeed Plus-Two rotors from Shelby Performance Parts feature a lighter weight, two-piece design with an aluminum hat and iron disc. Offered as optional equipment for Shelby Mustangs, the 14-inch rotors provide increased diameter for greater leverage and improved brake torque, plus they include cross-drilled, slotted, and zinc-coated surfaces. They are direct replacement for the factory rotors, even utilizing the OEM calipers, but they are designed for larger than stock wheels.
Wheels in Black
Black wheels are all the rage today, and Ford Racing offers a great-looking set of 18-inchers for '11-'12 Mustangs (also fits '05-'10 models), both GT and V6. Measuring 18x8 inches, the cast aluminum wheels feature a mesh spoke design and matte black finish. Will not fit cars with the optional Brembo brakes.
Magnuson has released a 50-state Magnacharger supercharger system for the '11-'12 Mustang GT. The centerpiece is the Magnuson MP1900 or MP2300 (buyer's choice) TVS supercharger, a four-lobe, roots-type blower that is highly efficient and very quiet. Testing at 7 psi of boost has shown an increase of 120 rear-wheel horsepower over stock. The supercharger mounts on the engine with an equal-length runner intake manifold that houses an integral air-to-water charge cooler. The Magnacharger includes a pre-programmed, hand-held tuner that reflashes the factory ECU with a revised engine calibration.