Finding The Right Cold Air Intake
If you’re looking to free up some power out of your 435 horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8, then a good place to start would be a cold air intake. These intakes not only reduce intake air temperatures, but they also help air flow more freely into the throttle body. Since air can flow easier, your engine is able to suck in air at a higher rate, allowing for more power.
When shopping for intakes, keep in mind that some require a tune and others do not. This is due to the size of the intake tube. The mass air flow (MAF) sensor settings can only account for so wide an intake tube before you’re outside of the factory parameters. This is where an aftermarket tune will account for the wider intake tube and more air flow by adjusting fuel and spark to match. Keep in mind that the cold air intakes that require a tune will show you larger power gains than those that don’t.
Now that we understand the difference between tune required and no-tune required intakes, we can dive into the different cold air intakes available for your GT.
JLT Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
The JLT intake is quite possibly the most popular intake for the Coyote engine. Many have reported this particular cold air intake to produce the highest power gains over other intake options. This is due in part to the fact that the JLT cold air intake requires a tune in order to properly run on your Mustang.
Included is a 5” x 8” S&B Powerstack Oiled Air Filter that allows clean air to flow freely through the 5” intake tube into your Mustang’s powerhouse. Coming in a black plastic finish, it will look right at home in your 5.0L engine bay.
PMAS Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
PMAS may be new to the game, but it's no stranger to major horsepower gains. Offering a Tune-Required and No Tune-Required variant for s550 Mustangs, PMAS is one of the best when it comes to getting the absolute most out of a cold air intake on your pony car. Now, you can run the PMAS Intake that doesn’t require a tune, but you surely won’t get the absolute most out of your investment unless a tune is added on.
Adding a custom tune using Lund Racing, for example, is a great way to get the most out of your cold air intake. That way, your mass airflow sensor, or MAF sensor for short, can account for the additional air flowing through your intake tube and adjust fueling accordingly. The No Tune-Required PMAS Intake is a bit more narrow around the MAF sensor to keep things within factory tolerances so you can keep your factory calibration.
Airaid Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
Airaid has also been a popular brand among S550 Mustang GT owners who want to keep their factory engine calibration. Another plus to the Airaid filter is the fact that it’s not oiled, meaning that you don’t need to continually re-oil this filter when you clean it.
Additionally, the Airaid cold air intake has a pretty cool housing that the filter lies in. It definitely looks like an aftermarket part, but it tastefully meshes with the rest of the engine bay complementing many other underhood components. This intake tube measures 4” in diameter to work with factory MAF settings.
Roush Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
You know you are always going to get high-quality fit and finish from Roush parts because they’re the same parts they use on the Roush Mustangs. Their cold air intake kit for the GT is no different. Showing gains of 10.4 hp and 8.54 lb-ft on the factory tune, you know that these power increases will provide the seat-of-the-pants feeling you’re looking for.
The Roush Intake has a dual purpose unlike some of the other intakes on the market. Roush’s intake includes a removable 85mm spacer that is installed around the MAF sensor to work with factory calibration. If you were to remove the spacer to reveal the 105mm bore and install a custom tune, you’ll see even larger power gains. The Roush is a great option for those who may want to get a tune down the road.
BBK Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
BBK intakes have been popular across nearly all late model Mustangs. Known for their blue logo and chrome finish, a lot of enthusiasts like their shiny look to attract attention when the hood is popped at a local car show or car meet. For the 2015-2017 GT, BBK also offers a “Blackout” version of their intake for those who may want a more stealthy look.
BBK’s cold air intake for the S550 GT does not require a tune either! They claim that their intake adds an additional 20 hp and 20 lb-ft on a factory engine calibration. Definitely a great contender for the lineup.
Corsa Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
New to the cold air intake game, Corsa Performance has an intake of their own to offer for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT. This no-tune required intake features smooth bends in the intake tube and a closed airbox design to keep hot engine gases away from the intake. That way, you’re always getting cool air ducted from outside the vehicle.
Made in the USA, Corsa’s Cold Air Intake makes a great option for those looking for an intake that will keep their factory engine calibration.
K&N Cold Air Intake for S550 GTs
K&N is no stranger to the intake and air filter realm. Being in the industry for decades, K&N produces high-quality fit and finish products that look just as good as they perform. Their cold air intake kit for the 2015-2017 GT looks great in a stealthy black and does not require a tune.
With reported gains of 18.68 hp and 11.41 lb/ft of torque, K&N’s no-tune required intake is a great choice for your Mustang. Paired with a tuner, there's no doubt that this intake is capable of creating even more power for your 5.0L workhorse V8 under the hood. With the added benefit of a cold air intake like this K&N unit, you'll surely notice a difference in power across the entire powerband, specifically at the top where air can flow more efficiently and at a much higher rate.
Cold air intakes are one of our most recommended modifications because you'll see performance benefits from the moment of install. As you may have noticed though, you'll see substantially better performance gains if you pair your cold air intake with a tune.
Because tuners have the ability to alter how your car performs, it's important to select a high-quality tuner.
Whether you decide to get a tune now, a tune later, or just a cold air intake, you'll be helping your Mustang perform even better than it does right now. And considering how enjoyable the Mustang is stock, you can just imagine how much more enjoyable it'll be with just a little performance boost.