Ford has announced “emissions-legal performance calibrations” for the Mustang GT equipped with the 5,0-litre V8.
It’s the first time that Ford is offering such calibrations with various levels of hardware, allowing customers to choose their desired level of performance (and presumably hang on to their warranties). As a refresher, the V8 in the ‘Stang makes 306 kW and 530 N.m.
We must point of, however, that Ford says these power packs are available in North America only “at this time”. Whether they’ll eventually roll out to other markets remains to be seen (in the mean time, check out what Shelby SA has on offer here).
Three kits have been detailed, and each features Ford proprietary software that adds a “no-lift shift” strategy and enhanced throttle response. The kits will be available for both manual and automatic models.
Power Pack 1 adds a high-flow K&N air filter and output hikes of around 10 kW and 22 N.m, with more torque available lower in the rev-range.
Opt for Power Pack 2 and you gain a Shelby GT350 cold air intake with 87 mm throttle body and intake adapter, an open air-filter, and an extra 16 kW and 33 N.m over the stock figures, again with more oomph on tap lower down.
The final package (Power Pack 3) includes a GT350 cold air intake with 87 mm throttle body and a GT350 intake manifold, plus gains of about 28 kW and 8 N.m over the standard outputs. In contrast, this option sees more power available at the top of the rev-range.