Ford Power Packs to Make Your Mustang GT Closer to a Shelby GT350
You bought the Ford Mustang GT. Fun car, that one. When you go to sleep at night, though, your dreams are filled with visions of snake badging, noises from a flat-plane crank V-8, and a desire to hit the racetrack. You’re not a crazy person, you just wish you could afford the Shelby GT350. We all do. It’s a wild rip-snarling beast of a car that isn’t happy until it’s devoured some tarmac. Now there’s a way to make your GT a bit closer to the GT350.
Ford Performance is offering a series of Power Packs that give your “standard” Mustang GT a bit more juice under the hood. From the dealer lot, your stock Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 produces 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the Shelby GT350 nets 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque courtesy of its 5.2-liter V-8.
All of these Power Packs make use of some method of bringing more air into the engine and recalibrating it. This gives the car the ability for no-lift shifts and improves throttle response. The first Power Pack adds a K&N high-flow air filter and adds 13 horsepower and 16 pound-feet over the stock ratings. Torque also increases by 40 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm.
Power Pack 2 swaps in the GT350 cold air intake, an 87 mm throttle body, and a special intake adapter. Engine output rises by 21 horsepower and 24 pound-feet over the stock peak output, and there’s that same 40 pound-feet torque gain at 1,500 rpm.
Finally, Power Pack 3 adds the same bits as 2 but includes the full GT350 intake manifold. Here you gain 37 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque over the stock output. At 7,500 rpm you’ll see a 60-horsepower gain compared to stock.
All three Power Packs are 50-state legal and all also require the use of 91 octane fuel or higher. Power Pack 1 goes on sale around August 1st and will cost you $539. Power Pack 2 is slated to arrive in September and will run you $949. The most powerful Power Pack is available in October and you’ll need to shell out $2,395 for the pleasure of its additional grunt.