Ford Performance this week announced an incoming new line of power upgrades for the 2015+ Ford Mustang GT, called “Power Packs.” Each Power Pack contains a short list of bolt-on induction components and a software calibration to give the ‘Stang’s factory Coyote V8 a bit more grunt.
Power Pack 1 will be the first one out, coming August 1st, 2016. It includes a high-flow air filter from K&N which, along with the corresponding tune, ought to add 13 horsepower and 16 lb-ft to the Mustang GT’s peak output. More impressive, Ford says there’s 40 lb-ft to be gained at 1,500 rpm, which makes this an upgrade you’ll almost certainly feel by the seat of your pants.
Power Packs 2 and 3 will come along in September and October, respectively. They each up the ante with parts borrowed straight from the Shelby GT350 – namely, that car’s cold-air intake and 87mm throttle body. Power Pack 2 adapts these things to the stock Mustang GT intake manifold; Power Pack 3 adds in the manifold from the Shelby.
As far as gains for the latter two packs go, Power Pack 2 will reportedly bolster peak output by 21 horsepower and 24 lb-ft, with the same 40 HP gain at 1,500 rpm. Power Pack 3 seems to save all its benefit for the top end of the tach, adding 37 to peak horsepower, but only 5 lb-ft to peak torque. Incredibly, Ford Performance says that at 7,500 rpm, the Mustang GT’s Coyote V8 will gain an additional 60 horsepower.
Is that a typo? That seems like a typo. (Investigation pending.)
All three of these Power Packs for the current Ford Mustang GT are CARB-compliant and 50-state-legal, available for both automatic- and manual-equipped cars. On automatic Mustangs, the included software will feature code to optimize shift-mapping for performance; on manual cars, it will include an “exclusive no-lift shift strategy.”
Ford Mustang GT Power Packs are only for North American-spec cars, at least for now. Sorry, rest of the world.