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Airaid Cold Air Intake - Synthaflow Oiled Filter (11-14 GT)

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Features, Videos & Details

  • Increases of Up to 36 RWHP & 62 RWTQ
  • Improves Fuel Efficiency
  • Provides Filtration Down to Two Microns
  • Filters are Washable and Reusable
  • NO Computer Re-Tune Required w/ Modular Venturi Tube Installed
  • Fits 2011-2014 5.0L Mustang GT

Review & Installation Video

Hi I’m Justin with, and I’m going to be breaking down Airaid’s Cold air, and race cold air intake, fitting the 2011 and newer Mustang GT. At first glance it would appear that both of these intakes from Airaid are identical, and that’s because they pretty much are, both intakes feature the same molded high density polyethelene tube and heat shield, the same black couplers, and the same massive SynthaFlow filter, but there is one exception and that would be this removable, modular Venturi insert, that is included with the regular version of the airaid, but is not included with the race version. When installed, the insert reduces the air flow enough so that you can run this intake on your Coyote motor without the need for a performance tune, and still make more power over your stock airbox. With the insert removed however you’re letting more air into the engine and it’s at that point the performance tune becomes required. That makes the Race intake from Airaid an excellent choice for the Mustang owner that already has a tune in place, on the other hand if you’re on a budget and you’re not ready to pull the trigger on a tune just yet, the regular Airaid may be the better option. Install the intake with the included insert, then enjoy some decent gains until you’re ready for a tune. At that point remove the insert, upload your tune, and you’re instantly on your way to making more power. With our baseline runs already out of the way, we want to see just how much power we can expect when using these intakes. Of course since we’re looking for the biggest gains possible, we’re going to run the Airaid without the insert installed and pair it up with one of our custom Bama tunes. Installing the Airaid onto your car is an easy enough task for any backyard mechanic to tackle, in about an hour’s time using basic hand tools. The custom Bama tune is going to do a lot of things for our GT, including tweaking your fuel ratios, optimize our spark timing, and adjust our variable cam timing. The tune should also help our automatic here with increased shift firmness and adjustable shift points. With the Airaid installed and the tune uploaded let’s make another hit here on the Dyno and see what the results are. Our baseline run with our automatic 2011 GT gave us 336 horsepower and 302 ft/lbs of torque, with our Airaid and Bama combination we put down 362 horsepower and 336 ft/lbs of torque making for a peak gain of 33 horsepower over our baseline numbers, and gains of 36 horsepower and 60 ft/lbs of torque throughout the curve. So that wraps up my review of the cold air intake and race intake from Airaid, whether you already have a tune, or you’re planning on picking one up down the road, Airaid’s two options make it a whole lot easier to pick the ideal option for your setup, and as always they can both be found right here at

Increase Horsepower and Torque. Airaid Cold Air Intake Systems are computer designed to give your engine maximum air flow, which translates to more horsepower, torque and better fuel efficiency. This Airaid CAI kit completely replaces your 2011-2014 GT Mustangs restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow Airaid filter assembly for an increase of 36 more horsepower and 62 more torque at the rear wheels.

No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the 2011-2014 GT Mustangs, the Airaid CAI does not require a computer re-tune when installed with the included "Modular Venturi Tube". The Modular Venturi Tube (MVT) can be removed for off-road use when combined with a custom tune. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs, Airaid Intake Systems offer unmatched fit, finish, and power!

Superior Filtration. Each cold air intake provides superior air filtration, since it includes an Airaid Premium Filter with SynthaFlow® technology. SynthaFlow® is a synthetic nano-fiber material that traps the smallest dirt particles that ordinary cotton-gauze “performance” filters just can’t capture. Airaid Premium Filters, with SynthaFlow® can capture particulates down to 2 microns in size. Best of all, Premium Filters are washable and re-usable saving you money.

Application. This Airaid Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed to fit the 2011-2014 5.0L GT Mustangs and does not require re-tuning the vehicles computer when installed with the included "Modular Venturi Tube."

Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Intake Tube
  • (1) Premium Air filter
  • (1) Modular Venturi Tube
  • (1) Silicone Reducer
  • (1) Filter Adapter
  • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
  • (1) 25" Weather Stripping
  • Clamps & Necessary Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
Manufacturer: Airaid Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14

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Ready for a future Bama tune

I'm completely satisfied with my new Airaid CAI. It is quality made and fits snugly in the engine bay. The filter box utilizes the OEM cold air intake duct and is mounted and bolted using the factory inner ...

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This should be factory

I recently purchased and installed this cai on my 2012 mustang gt. Installation took about an hour. Airaid should contact FORD and make this the factory Cold Air Induction intake. It fits and looks awesome. ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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will a cold air intake void my ford warranty? i still have a warranty on my 2011 mustang, will a cai void that warranty?


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  • No checked with my Ford dealer and does not affect warranty


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is this CAI california CARB legal?


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  • No it is not C.A.R.B legal. I contacted Airaid and they told me to pass smog the original intake needs to be in place.


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Cleaning the synthaflow filter Do you have to clean the filter, and if so, what do you use, and how?


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  • You can use the Airaid Filter Recharge Kit to clean your air filter. Check out the link below for more details!


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Will this be fine in the rain? Or do you need a pre filter or cover?


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  • The intake will be protected from moisture by the hood and will not require a cover or pre-filter. A pre-filter would certainly help with high humidity conditions and will add an additional layer of filtration, but it is not required.


so right now i am only wanting the CIA. later on in the future i will probably buy a bama tuner when i get the money. when i do buy the tune will everything be good to use when i install it?


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  • Hello! The Bama tuner will work fine if you have the Airaid Cold Air Intake already installed.


Will this work on a 2012 Boss 302 and what would are the estimated performance/horsepower gains?


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  • This will be able to fit on the 2012 Boss 302 and the estimated gains will vary depending on a lot of factors. The ballpark figures are around 36 RWHP and 62 RWTQ depending on a tune and other mods.


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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.395061 4.4
  • Fit 4.728395 4.7

  • 4/5

    September 04, 2016

    Great cai

    Easy to install looks great under the hood, no tune now but that's next , can't wait for bigger gains just don't like the rain guard since I have the open louvers on my 14, looking to see if I can get the previous filter wrap to cover it if rains


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 21, 2013

    Ready for a future Bama tune

    I'm completely satisfied with my new Airaid CAI. It is quality made and fits snugly in the engine bay. The filter box utilizes the OEM cold air intake duct and is mounted and bolted using the factory inner fender locations. I could immediately tell my 5.0 breathes easier. In the mid and higher RPM ranges, the AIraid CAI allows for better tire chirping acceleration. In the near future, I'll be removing the Airaid Modular Venturi Tube (MVT) to enable the installation of a Bama tune for even more HP gains and better performance.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Lebanon, MO 65536, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 10, 2013


    Easy to install good fit - did not notice any gain in performance -on its own


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 09, 2013

    Great CAI

    The airaid CAI is a great intake system. Instillation was simple and took under an hour to install. The air sound this intake makes is great. It helped the idle out too. The power gain you feel is minimal but it's there. Driving at low speeds and taking off is much easier with this CAI.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 28, 2012

    Airaid CAI

    Excellent quality. Instructions clear and left no questions. Fit and finish very good. Increase in power relatively mild (I didn't use a tune on my 5.0) but still, some increase in torque and throttle response without warranty issues so all's good. Mild and enjoyable (to my ears) whistle on moderate-heavy throttle input. Bottom line, I am happy I made the purchase.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 16, 2012

    This should be factory

    I recently purchased and installed this cai on my 2012 mustang gt. Installation took about an hour. Airaid should contact FORD and make this the factory Cold Air Induction intake. It fits and looks awesome. I am running this with no tune with the mvt installed. I can tell you I can feel a difference. The throttle response is increased and once the car hits about 3500 rpm it really takes off and my flowmaster hushpower axle backs sound louder and much meaner. The car sounds like an animal now. I am very pleased with this product and I highly recommend it. It is a high quality product. I ordered on Monday from AM and I received it Tuesday.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Long Island, NY

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 11, 2012

    Pretty Easy Install.

    Installed this myself in about a hour. Pretty straight forward, plus there are videos online that are pretty good as well. The first thing that I did notice was an improvement on my MPG. It improved about 1 MPG so that's always a plus in this economy. Throttle response was about the same, and I didn't do a dyno test, so I don't know about my HP increase. I am satisfied with the shipping, price, and the new looks under my hood. I had considered BBK and H&K, but the sales rep introduced me to this one. After researching, I decided to go with Airaid. The CAI hose is not flexible at all, and is almost like an exact fit.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Atlanta, GA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 31, 2012

    Airaid CAI

    Really easy to install. Fits great - Just received a tuner and installed the race tune - Big improvement. Remember if your going to run it with a tune you have to take out the rubber insert that the mass air flow sensor goes through. If you don't the car will run terrible. I know I left mine in the first time.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Rock Hill, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    April 01, 2011

    Best bang-for-buck performance gain

    Super-easy installatiom, hihh-qualioty molding and machining of components makes kit look like factory. When used with coresponding Bama tune produces increase in power that has to be experienced to be believed.

    Pete Denzer

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    April 01, 2011

    Airaid CAI for 2011 Mustang GT

    Easy install and great looking especially compared to some competitors. The smooth inside really improves airflow. Combined with a tune the performance increase is "night and day" to stock!

    Mike Ferrell

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    April 02, 2011

    Suburb Quality and Fitment

    The 2011+ GT Airaid MXP cold air intake is an ideal choice for those who are looking to add power with a simple bolt on intake system. The price is fair, the installation is simple, no doubt that it adds power, and it is a high quality product. My experience with this product has been more than satisfying since the time I placed my order to its current status installed in my car which is daily driven. I first off must start by saying that American Muscle is currently on my tops list for online shopping, the ordering process was simple, and I had my items shipped to my front door within a day with ground shipping option. They are definitely on top of their game. This intake system can be used with or without a tune. To use the intake without a tune you must have the modular venturi tube (MVT) installed. Upon inspection of the product you can see for yourself that the intake system is a high quality product. The included grommets and fittings are beautifully crafted, and everything fits well, and tight. Pretty simple installation, the hardest part was putting the grommets into the intake, the blind plug that is used for the manual transmission installation can be a bit of a squeeze, but with the help of a flat head screwdriver it will go in. Absolutely no complaints at all about fitment on the vehicle, this intake system fits better than OEM and can be removed or installed within four minutes once you know how to install it. I also must add that this intake system includes a sound tube delete kit for those who do not like the sound tube, I used this feature and love the cleaner look and quieter cabin. I currently have this intake paired with a 93 Performance tune from BAMA and I can tell you, it is totally worth it. If I hold the RPMs at 3500 in first gear, and go WOT, it will spin all the way to third on the OEM 235 Pirellis and 3.73 rear end. Driver mod and wider stickier tires may be needed after installation of the intake system. If you are having trouble choosing between C&L, JLT, Steeda, Roush, and Airaid. You are in the same boat I was. I would definitely recommend the Airaid. The price is fair, the quality is good, the fitment is superb, the engineering and design is great, the diameter of the intake tube is one of the widest of all intakes offered, you can use it with or without a tune, it fits on both the automatic and the manual versions of the mustang GT and if I recall it produced the most power out of all the intake systems offered at the time I purchased the product. Pros: -Fair Price -Adds Power -High Quality -Superb Fitment and Finish -Easy Installation Cons: -None Other Notes: -Can be used with or without an aftermarket tune -Fits both manual and automatic versions of the Mustang GT -Includes a sound tube delete kit


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 05, 2012

    Goobles UP AIR

    I got this cold air intake instead of the chrome BBK one because of negative reviews on the BBK intake on fuel and performace etc. So glad I went with Airaid for my 2012 5.0 Mustang because it sucks in so much more air then the stock box. Throttle response is definitely way better and fuel economy is better too. I haven't been able to tell exactly how much it improved though because I can never take my foot of the gas petal, but I get about 21 mpg average per tank of gas in the city but I also have a flowmaster American thunder exhaust and that helps too. If your on the fence get this cold air intake it works awesome.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT California

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 15, 2013

    This product is not worth the money

    Pros: It looks great once installed and sounds great with the Shelby Gt500 exhaust. Cons: If installed on a 2013 GT water will drench the filter and fill the air box. I called Airaid and they sent me a piece of metal that helped keep the filter from direct saturation from water. However it forces the water straight into the air box. If you idle a lot or drive in stop in go traffic the intake air temperature will be around 50 degrees higher than ambient temperature. I put the factory air intake back in after 1 week. That was a $ 350 mistake save your money and get an enclosed system.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Houston

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 19, 2012

    Good Product but don't buy unless you will tune

    This is a well made product and I am certain lots of folks saw gains when they added a Bama Tune. Unfortunately, I bought this thinking without a tune I would see a difference. I did not. My 2013 Mustang GT has only 2800 miles on it and I am not about to mess with my warranty and get a tune, so until then I would have to wait a couple years. If you want it for aesthetics then fine, but I would advise anyone to hold off buying it until you can get a tune. The 11 HP advertized may be true but you will never feel or see the difference. Great product otherwise...


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Chicago, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    March 31, 2011

    Check engine light

    This product is very simple to install- under an hour. I purchased a power combo kit w/ a SCT hand held tuner. The check engine light light comes on. I called American Muscle/ Bama tuner who are very helpful. There is an insert in the intake tube that houses the mass airflow sensor that needs to be removed if you install a power/performance tune. This was not in the installation instruction sheet! I learned this thru the phone call w/ A.M. We are still working on tuning my ride so that the check engine light quits coming on.Thumbs up on for Airaid Cold Air Intake. But so far the SCT tuner sucks because Check engine warning light keeps coming on.

    Joseph Herrera

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 03, 2012


    Installed the unit on my '12 GT with 3:73 gear and I couldn't be more pleased with this product .After the usual studying as we all do, I picked this unit for the aggressive appearance and performance reported by the other buyers. 30 minute installation was a breeze! Buttoned it up and went for a test drive and the first thing noticable was the angry howling starting at 3500 rpm...sweet music! Before the install, running thru the gears, the car did it's normal massive tire spins then hooked up. After installling the Airaid piece, the car breaks loose again (first & second) around 4500 rpm. Awesome torque increase and response. BUY THIS!!


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Houston

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  • 5/5

    November 30, 2010

    Airaid CAI fir 2011 GT 5.0 Mustang

    The install went well, with a perfect fit. All be it very tight given the increased tube size. The addtion of the sound damoining removal is great really cleans up the engine compartment


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 17, 2014


    Overall the product is very good just not what I was hoping for I guess. Installation was fairly straightforward and it went in for me in about 1-1/2 hours from end to end. The instructions were good with just a few areas that we're missed or weren't quite detailed enough but all in all the fit is perfect and the sound and boost in HP is quite impressive for just a bolt-on mod. What I'm not happy about is the "add-on" shield that is required for hoods with heat extractors. While it does the job to keep water from hitting the filter it looks like an afterthought and covers the "cool factor" and in the end up makes it look not much different than the stock box. Also, the claim it will improve fuel economy is overstated. I've seen a drop of 1-1/2 to 2 MPG since installing. Lastly, it should be better marked that it isn't C.A.R.B. approved or that it could void your warranty. I know that is my fault for not checking but it could've been marked more clearly. Luckily I called my dealer and it won't void the warranty but I will have to hold onto my old intake and swap it back every time I need to do a smog check.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT San Diego, CA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 27, 2012

    Great CAI !

    I received this CAI from AM so quick, they must be shipping yesterday-AIR! Seriously, I ordered this on a Friday, and on Mon. it was at my door! Installed it in about 15 minutes, taking my time. Super easy! You gotta remove the modular venturi tube (MVT) if you are going to run a custom tune...I saw other reviews and I thought how could you be so stupid as to miss that? But, now I see, it comes already inserted into the end of the CAI tube and sorta appears to be a part of it. If you are not paying attention you will leave it in there. Just reach in and tug on the inside of the CAI tube, and it pops out. It has great fit and finish, the best in my opinion. I don't like the AirRaid emblem on there, that looks kinda cheesy. Someone said in their review you can get a Ford emblem that exact size from like Pepboys or something, and if I can find one of those, it will go on in it's place. The decision on which CAI to buy, for me came down to either this one or the Steeda. But, I had a Steeda on my previous Mustang 2008 GT, and I did not like the heat shield being made of metal - that thing got mega-HOT! Seems to me that can't be good, as it's got to be warming the intake air. Their CAI also has metal tube where the MAF sensor goes in, and that part of the CAI gets hot too. Would possibly have chosen the JLT, but I don't like the cheap heat shield it has. So the AirRaid won me over, with it's large size, thick high-quality plastic heat shield (which also connects to the factory air supply from the front of the car, which some CAI's do not) and clean almost factory look. Quality is top-notch! Ok, now for the perfomance aspect. Does it perform? I say, heck yes! Let me set the record staight here. I have seen it argued on some of the forums, that these new 5.0 'Stangs already have a CAI from the factory, and so adding an aftermarket one yeilds no gains. I say, bull. NOT true. Before I bought the CAI, I had replaced the factory air filter with a K&N, and was running a custom 93race tune from AM. After installing the AirRaid CAI and an updated tune for it, I did notice a BIG difference in throttle response, take-off power from a stop, and wide-open throttle (WOT) power! So it DOES make a difference, I have no doubt whatsoever. My 5.0 is an automatic, and now when I floor it from a standing start, and it just spins the tires like crazy then finally hits second gear. Winds that gear out real quick, almost right to the redline, then upon the 2-3 shift burns the tires again and fish-tails a bit before grabbing pavement again. Even on the 3-4 shift, it spins the tires now! So much 5.0 just screams now. If you don't get a CAI and tune, you just don't know what a difference it makes and you are missing out. And if your Mustang has the auto tranny, oh man you just gotta have a tune 'cause the factory auto trans shifting strategy Ford puts in there is just plain lame- the shifts are too soft, the tranny shifts up too soon, and won't hardly even spin the tires. This is a Mustang, and it should run like a muscle-car, not your granny's caddy! A tune and CAI are your best two first mods to get the 5.0 running like it should. And IMHO, the AirRaid is the best CAI out there for these cars so... GO FOR IT !!!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Knoxville, TN

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  • 5/5

    April 08, 2011

    Airaid review

    I can't be happier! The install was easy, and everything fit just right. Gains were as expected. It also comes with the parts needed to delete that plastic sounding sound tube. Just get some catbacks and you get plenty of sound. The quality of this product its very good.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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