Best Coyote Mustang Performance Mods

Best Coyote Mustang Performance Mods

Last Updated August 12, 2019
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The 5.0L engine offered in the 2011+ Mustangs is nothing short of impressive with north of 400 horses under the hood. The best part about the Coyote engine, however, is how well it takes to bolt-on modifications -- specifically performance-enhancing modifications.

There are many Coyote-powered Mustangs out there putting out over 400 horsepower to the wheels just with a few simple bolt-on mods. This is typically attained with the tried and true combination of a Cold Air Intake, Exhaust System and Tune to re-calibrate the engine’s parameters to account for the extra air flow.

We will admit that this article only covers the bottom floor when it comes to getting the most out of your Coyote with basic bolt-ons. However, nothing good comes from a project build that has a bad base to launch off of. With that said, you should see impressive power gains just from those three basic modifications. But we should warn you that the “mod bug” is infectious and you’ll definitely want more after a taste of those extra horses!

Coyote Cold Air Intakes

2015-2017 Mustang BBK Cold Air Intake

If you’re looking to squeeze some more power out of your 2011+ Mustang GT, your first modification should be adding a Cold Air Intake. Adding a Cold Air Intake will allow your 5.0L engine to breathe easier and more efficiently. This will not only improve fuel economy, but also will add a few horses as well. Due to the fact that the factory airbox can sometimes be restrictive, adding an aftermarket Cold Air Intake to your 5.0L Coyote engine will free up some power for sure.

With Cold Air Intakes from some of the best names in the industry like Roush Performance, Airaid, JLT Performance, Steeda and BBK, you’ll be sure to pick up an intake that fits your style and build personality perfectly!

Coyote Tunes

2011 Mustang GT Burnout

The next best thing you can do to increase power after adding a Cold Air Intake to your GT, is to pick up Mustang tuner as well. Although there are intakes out there that work with the factory calibration, you will surely get more out of your intake if paired with a tune. This is due to the fact that the factory engine calibration can only account for an intake tube up to a certain size. If you were to make that intake tube larger, then the engine wouldn’t run correctly.

That’s where adding a tuner comes in! You can complement the addition of a Cold Air Intake with a free-flowing air filter and larger diameter intake tube with a tune to factor in the additional air entering the engine and you’ll have the recipe for success.

Coyote Exhaust

Mustang GT Corsa Quad-Tip Exhaust

There’s no question that one of the signature ways of telling a Mustang apart from the crowd is by exhaust note. With that said, the factory exhaust that comes on your 2011+ Mustang from the factory is anything but loud and noticeable, especially on the S550. This is due to the fact that Ford needs to meet certain noise regulations when selling a car in the United States (and now overseas with the S550).

Do yourself a favor and give your Mustang GT the gift of an aggressive exhaust note with a Cat-Back or Axle-Back exhaust kit. Adding an aftermarket exhaust system to your Mustang will not only give your pony car the growl it deserves, but it will also free up a few horses due to the increased flow of these systems. Pair it with a set of Long Tube Headers and you’ll be well on your way to some serious power numbers.

Tech Tip: Cat-Back and Axle-Back Exhaust kits do not require a tune in most cases. However, if you were to take it to the next level with a set of Long Tube Headers, it is highly recommended that you get a tune to support the modification.

Coyote Superchargers

Mustang GT Roush Supercharger

If you’re really looking to get everything you can out of your Mustang’s Coyote engine, then there’s no better way to do that than adding a supercharger. A supercharger’s job is to force air into the engine, usually measured by PSI. Unlike a turbocharger, superchargers are belt-driven off the engine and allow for instant torque throughout the entire powerband.

To read more about the similarities and differences between superchargers and turbos for your Mustang, be sure to check out our other resource article!

Best Coyote Mustang Performance Mods

There’s no doubt that the 5.0L 4-Valve Coyote Engine is one of the best motors to come out of Ford Motor Company’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. Since its inception in 2011, the Coyote engine has produced north of 400 horsepower at the crankshaft for the Mustang GT’s. Towering another 100+ horsepower over the outgoing 2010 4.6L 3-Valve, the Coyote is clearly impressive in stock form. But what will happen if you throw the right modifications at it?

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If you’re looking to boost the power output on your Mustang, one of the first mods usually is a Cold Air Intake. The idea is to free up air-flow coming into the engine which allows your Mustang to breathe easier equating to more power. Factory airboxes are typically restrictive and don’t allow sufficient airflow to the throttle body and intake manifold in the upper RPM range. Adding a cold air intake will increase that air-flow when the engine needs it most allowing for more power!

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Knowing the basic differences between a supercharger and a turbo will allow you to dig deeper into which may better fit your lifestyle. If you’re looking for an all-out race car, then a turbo may be a better option for you when it comes to maximum power output. If you want streetable, instant power, then a twin screw supercharger would be the choice for you. Regardless of what you choose for your Mustang, CJ Pony Parts has an extensive inventory of Mustang superchargers and aftermarket Focus ST turbochargers that will surely bring the most out of your Ford!

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2011 was a monumental year for Ford, Ford Racing and the S197 platform. This year in particular introduced an all-new 5.0L “Coyote” V8 with twin-independent variable camshaft timing pumping out a nasty 412 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque, which was then bumped to 420 for 2013-2014 GTs. Compared to the 2010’s outgoing 320 horsepower, this was quite a jump in power for nearly the same price. After picking up your new pony, the next step is always a good sounding exhaust system!

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If you’re in the process of shopping for a cold air intake for your Mustang GT, then don’t fret! CJ Pony Parts has a wide selection of offerings for your 5.0L-powered Mustang. With brands like JLT, Airaid, Roush and others, you won’t go wrong with one of these intakes for your ride. So, be sure to pick one up today!