Eric Page - October 3, 2016
Are you looking for a (relatively) cheap bump in horsepower for your bone stock Mustang that improves the look of your motor without causing harm to it? Does a simple parts swap that gives you an increase of 5-30 hp sound enticing? If so, then a cold air intake system is an affordable modification to increase horsepower for a few minutes of work.
So what exactly is a cold air intake (CAI) and how does it work? The principle is simple. By bringing a direct flow of cool air from outside the car into the engine's combustion chamber, you increase the engine's efficiency and performance. Cooler air has a higher density and therefore it contains more oxygen per volume than warmer air. Any time you can get more oxygen into your motor per volume of air, you will increase its horsepower.
Whether you own a V6, a 4.6 liter or the new 5.0 liter Coyote motor you'll want to purchase a cold air intake system that delivers maximum horsepower and great reliability - all with a simple, straightforward installation.
Below is a short list of popular aftermarket cold-air intake systems that are available for Ford's V6 and Ford's modular (OHC) V8 gasoline engine family.
The Steeda ProFlow Mustang Cold Air Intake - No Tune (part #555-3193) for '15-'16 Mustangs GTs opens up the intake system of Ford's 5.0 power-plant and allows it to breathe much more freely than the stock intake system allows. In particular, Steeda designed an advanced heat shield with a durable rubber gasket to seal the shield against the vehicle's hood thereby preventing cold out side air and warm engine air from mixing.
The Airaid Cold Air Intake (part #450-328) for '15-'16 Mustangs GTs are computer designed to give your 5.0 liter Coyote engine maximum air flow, which translates to more horsepower, torque and improved fuel efficiency. Airaid intakes are dyno tested and tuned for maximum performance and efficiency.
The BBK Cold Air Intake Kit (part #1736) for '05-'09 Ford Mustangs GTs replaces your restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow filter assembly that improves horsepower and acceleration while providing filtration of harmful power robbing dust particles. The BBK CAI improves the airflow path into your engine thereby creating more power.
The AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake (part #21-8123DP) for '11-'14 V6 Ford Mustangs improves the airflow into your S197 Mustang's engine for more power and better gas mileage all while filtering out harmful power robbing particles. This AEM CAI kit completely replaces your 3.7L V6 Mustangs restrictive factory air box, intake tube and paper filter element with a Dryflow® filter assembly.
The K&N's Series 63 AirCharger (part #63-2578) for '11-'14 Ford Mustangs GTs completely replaces your Coyote powered GT Mustangs restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow K&N filter assembly and a free-flowing polyethylene intake tube for a noticeable increase in horsepower and acceleration all while still providing excellent filtration.