Do you want a new Shelby GT 500, but lack the $50,000 or so it takes to bring one home? Can you afford a 2011 Mustang GT, with a little left over for some bolt on horsepower? I you answered yes, I’ve got some really good news for you: Christmas has come early this year, and Ford Racing is rolling out three new supercharger kits for the 2011 5.0 liter Mustangs.
The “entry level” kit sells for $7,199 in black or $7,799 in polished chrome. This gets you a 2.3 liter Whipple twin-screw supercharger, a new intake manifold, an air to liquid intercooler kit, the drive belt, higher flow fuel injectors and a Ford Racing ECU update. This kit gives you seven pounds of boost, good enough for 525 horsepower and 470 foot pounds of torque. Best of all, it also gives you a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty if your installation is done by a Ford dealer (at an additional charge, of course).
If 525 horsepower isn’t enough for you and you don’t care about such trivial details as a warranty, your next option is a kit that runs nine pounds of boost. This version produces 624 horsepower and 533 foot pounds of torque, but you can’t go back to Ford and say “fix it” if you grenade your motor. Since the only difference is tuning, the price jump is a reasonable $300, making the black kit $7,499 and the polished chrome kit $8,099.
Still not satisfied? Think you can map fuel curves better than Ford Racing? No problem, Ford will sell you the hardware alone (also without a warranty), allowing you to extract as much power as possible from the 5.0 liter Coyote motor. The tune-it-yourself kit runs $6,499 in black and $7,099 in polished chrome.
I’m driving the 2011 Mustang GT this week, and I’m completely blown away by the car. I’ll have a full write up at the end of the week, but I can tell you in advance that I’ll find a way to get the new Mustang GT into my garage. Having the ability to add another 113 horsepower at a semi-reasonable price is icing on the cake.