2011-2014 Mustang GT 5.0L Adds Over 65 HP With BBK Headers, Cold Air & Throttle Body
If you are lucky enough to own a 2011-2014 Ford Mustang GT and want to get a few more ponies out of that great Ford coyote 5.0L engine - then we have got the perfect set up for you that will net you over 65 rear wheel horsepower. BBK performance has been the leader in EFI muscle performance for 25 years - and the new Mustang just loves their New full length long tube exhaust headers with matching short mid X pipe with high flow catalytic convertors. The new BBK power series throttle body and cold air intake system top off this latest install performed by the staff at 5.0 Mustang and Super Fords magazine a few weeks back at the BBK facility in Florida - Check out the article below from the August 2013 issue of the magazine to see all the results as each of the parts was installed and then the overview of the parts all working together. With great support from SCT specialty master tuner James Gordon - BBK managed a 17% increase in horespower at the rear wheels - Now thats impressive! Read the full article below.
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 pack- Wayne Howard’s ’11 Mustang GT was the ideal testbed for these BBK Power Packages, as it was dealer stock. By adding a select group off BBK parts and topping them off with a BBK-specific calibration, the car registered some impressive gains across the entire rpm range. 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. By Ted Sheckler Photos courtesy of BBK Performance age 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.” 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 17685, $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 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 totaled 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 are geared toward drive ability 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. 5.0