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C&L Cold Air Intake (15-17 EcoBoost)

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Features, Videos & Details

  • Add up to 76 HP and 80 TQ with Optional Tune
  • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
  • Roto-Molded Plastic Construction
  • High Flow Reusable Air Filter
  • Easy Installation
  • No Computer Re-Tune Required
  • CARB EO Number: D-776
  • Fits 2015-2017 2.3L EcoBoost Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the C&L Cold Air Intake available for the 2015 and up EcoBoost Mustang. The C&L Cold Air Intake is going to be for the S550 EcoBoost owners out there who are looking for a closed element cold air intake that also keeps the direct cold air feed that Ford has created from factory, but that doesn't necessarily require a computer re-tune. A cold air intake is normally one of the first mods that many Mustang owners go to and there are a few different options out there with different designs. This is going to be an intake that has all of the bells and whistles, and so this intake is one that's going to bring some of the most benefits to the table but without requiring a tune. So if you're installing an after-market cold air intake, you're looking for gains, whether it be in terms of power, acceleration, sound, appearance, or all of the above. So let's break the numbers down first before getting into the intake. We already ran a baseline run and got some numbers in the books, so we're going to run our car again with the C&L Intake installed. Now, we did happen to throw a tune on the car with a COBB access port, a 93 octane tune to be exact, even though this intake does not require a tune. We did this because we wanted to see the full potential that the intake has since a cold air intake by itself will only net a few horsepower at the end of the day, and we're talking single digits. So even if an after-market intake does not necessarily require a tune, we always recommend a tune if you're looking for any gains or improvements from your Mustang. Our baseline run with our 2015 EcoBoost gave us numbers of 245 horsepower and 277 foot pounds of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L Intake and the COBB access port tune, the car made 267 horsepower and 352 foot pounds of torque. Making for a peak gain of 22 horsepower and 75 foot pounds of torque. Now, keep in mind that we did pair this intake with a tune. So a lot of the gains that we're seeing here can definitely be attributed to that tune. As with any Dyno result, peak gains are always nice to know. But the real thing I look for is differences throughout the curve. Now, the curve is going to show you the changes that were made in the driving RPMs, and these are the things that you're actually going to notice performance-wise when you're driving. So throughout the curve we're seeing gains of 76 horsepower at 6,100 RPM and 80 foot pounds of torque at 2,800 RPM. Having those low-end torque gains are something that you're really going to feel as you're going through the gears. You'll get up to speed faster and go through the gears faster. Overall what we've seen from this intake on the Dyno here is some of the lowest intake air temps out of the after-market cold air intakes for the EcoBoost. That can be attributed to the sealed air box, which I'll talk about in a minute. We've also seen that it really makes power up top where the factory air intake system and filter become restrictive. Another thing to just keep in mind is that the more you mod your car the more restrictive the factory intake will become, especially when it comes to a turbo car. One other quick thing that I wanted to throw in here is regarding that whole tune or no tune required status of an after-market intake. In case you were wondering, the requirement of a tune with after-market intakes comes from the size of the MAF, or the mass airflow. An after-market intake can only go so big with a MAF size before the car is going to need a computer tune. Now, the EcoBoost Mustang is a speed density car, which means that they don't have a MAF sensor at all. So no after-market intake for this car is going to require a tune, which means that you can just bolt up any intake that you want and go. But I do want to be clear with the fact that you're only going to see gains of two to three horsepower without a tune. A lot of the gains that we're seeing here today, while they are amplified by the top-of-the-line construction that this intake has, are coming more from the tune than the intake itself. If we take a closer look at the C&L itself, much like in the GT and V6 market, this is a popular intake on the site and one that's going to come in at the top of the line in regards to price, at right around $400, but also in quality and fitment as well. This intake is one of the best fit and finishes that I've seen for the S550 EcoBoost. And all C&L's products are built and tested in the USA, which is just something that I like to point out. One of the big things that I wanted to point out with this intake, though, is the housing here. First of all, it's enclosed, which you're only going to see from the other options of air rate and engine right now. Has a Plexiglas lid that's removable so you can get to your filter easily or see without having to take the air box apart. The enclosed air box is going to protect the filter from elements within the engine compartment as well as help keep warm air from inside the compartment from being used by the engine. And like I mentioned earlier, this technique works. We saw some of the lowest intake air temps on the Dyno with this intake. This leads me to the other cool thing about the housing and that's the fact that it taps into the factory cold air duct here, which brings cool air in from the grill instead of using warm engine compartment air. This is a really nice feature in my opinion, and it gives this intake a benefit that you don't see from many other after-market intakes for the S550 EcoBoost. And like I mentioned earlier, this particular intake does not require a tune, which means that you can just bolt it on and go if you want to. But if you're looking for gains and improvements in drivability, then just know that any improvements that you'll see from the intake can be greatly amplified by running a tune. As for the install, it's nothing too difficult, and the intake will come with all of the items that you'll need, including clamps, couplers, and hardware. All that you really need to complete the install is a 10 mm, a flathead for the plastic pins, and some pliers to remove the hose clamps. This is probably one of the easiest mods that you can tackle with your new Mustang, and it'll take about a half-hour or an hour tops. And I'm going to call it a one out of three wrenches on our scale. You should disconnect the breather hoses from the inlet tube. You're going to need to loosen the clamps on the inlet tube at the throttle body and the air box so you can remove the inlet tube. There's also going to be a 10 millimeter bolt on the air box that holds it to the inner fender that you'll need to back out so you can detach the air box and pull it out of the car. You're also going to want to ready your new air box. And you can throw the filter in the air box before you drop it into the car, or you can install the filter after the air box is in the car. It's really up to you. When you're ready to install the air box into the car, just start with the air duct by sliding it into the factory location, and reinstall the factory bolt to hold it down. Once the air box is in and bolted down, you'll need to get the couplers onto the throttle body in the air box on the other side of the filter on the engine compartment side, just to be clear. Just make sure that you can get to all of the clamps to tighten them down, but leave everything loose for now. Lastly, the inlet tubing needs to be installed. You just slide it into the coupler on either the throttle body or the air box side first. Either way, it doesn't matter, and then tighten down the clamps so that everything is tight. Then it's just a matter of connecting the vacuum hoses to the inlet tube and installing the air box cover and tightening it down. Wrapping things up here, I think the C&L Intake is a well-built intake that has a lot of benefits to it. It works within a closed air box that taps into the cold air duct that Ford has provided for the intake. It fits well, and it has a decent-sized reusable filter, and does not require a tune. You can check this intake out more online for yourself. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

Maximum Airflow. A C&L Performance Cold Air Intake kit will completely replace your 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang's restrictive stock air box and paper filter element with a high flow filter assembly to maximize airflow for a noticeable increase in horsepower, torque and performance.

No Tune Required. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake is designed to improve the performance of your turbocharged EcoBoost Mustang without the need of reprogramming your Mustang computer. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs this C&L Intake will increase power using the factory tune.

Rechargeable High Flow Filter. Included with your C&L Cold Air Kit is a high-flow, reusable, rechargeable filter. That means no more spending money on OEM paper filters that waste money and horsepower. Just clean your C&L filter, re-oil it, and put it back on to save money and enjoy better performance in one shot.

Easy Installation. C&L Cold Air Intake kits are designed to install with just basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required for an easy 1 hour installation. All parts and instructions are included.

Recommended Upgrade. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanMuscle recommends a custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best possible performance out of this cold air intake.

CARB Certified. Best of all, this Mustang C&L Cold Air Intake Kit is 50-state smog legal under Carb EO# D-776.

Application. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 2015-2017 Mustangs equipped with the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine.

Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Intake tube
  • (1) Air filter
  • (2) EPDM Couplers
  • (4) Clamps
  • (2) Fittings
  • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
  • (1) Torx Bit
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2015-2017 EcoBoost Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
Manufacturer: C&L Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17

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5/5
Great Price for a great intake

I bought this intake with a Bama tuner and this is a must have mod as it just wakes up your car. I`m used to the 5.0L in every mustang I have owned until now , I missed the power until I did this modification ...

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5/5
C L cold air intake

The intake went in relatively easy. Perfect fit and looks much better than the stock system. Can notice just a bit more sound from the turbo. Paired it with a Cobb access port and the car feels amazin ...

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Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars
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How much HP and TQ does this give you without a tune?

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  • Hello! Unfortunately, C&L does not have any reported numbers for this intake without a tune.

    VincentV

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I own a 2015 50th Anniversary Ecoboost. I bought a Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 2 Custom Tunes (15-17 EcoBoost) back in September. When I buy this intake, how do I go about finding the correct tune for the intake to get the most out of it. The how to load to the tuner and then apply to the Mustang once the intake is installed?

ShaneD

  • Hello! You can request an updated tune for the C&L Cold Air Intake here: http://www.americanmuscle.com/free-sct-custom-tune.html Bama will email it to you. Then you can load it on to your tuner via USB, and then on to your car through the OBD II port.

    VincentV

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Overall Rating 4.6

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Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

  • Performance Gain 4.368421 4.4
  • Fit 4.789474 4.8



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 14, 2017

    Great Price for a great intake

    I bought this intake with a Bama tuner and this is a must have mod as it just wakes up your car. I`m used to the 5.0L in every mustang I have owned until now , I missed the power until I did this modification (with tune). HP , TQ acceleration all much better now. Thanks AM ,shipping was fast as always and always sell good products. xD

    Brent

    Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 06, 2017

    C L cold air intake

    The intake went in relatively easy. Perfect fit and looks much better than the stock system. Can notice just a bit more sound from the turbo. Paired it with a Cobb access port and the car feels amazing.

    Arron

    Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 20, 2017

    EcoBoost Intake

    Great product - well made and everything fits as advertised. Take your time removing the old intake. Just a hint - a VERY SMALL DAB of hand dishwash soap (dawn etc) smeared on the rubber helps get new pieces in place. Oh, yeah - starting with a cold engine helps. (No burns!) I'll post a pic this weekend of the finished install.

    Steelepony95

    Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 21, 2016

    Best Intake ever

    This is truly a remarkable intake, makes a loud sucking sound, and makes the turbo sound a lot better.

    GangSigns

    Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 5/5

    September 19, 2016

    More Horsepower

    I am really satisfied with the C and L cold air intake. It gave my mustang more Horsepower. And i noticed that it takes off faster and it sounds better.

    FRFred

    Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 10, 2016

    Best intake for the money!

    When I got this intake it was packed a little sloppy but that was alright. The intake itself is very well made and went on in a breeze! Even with the filter being enclosed you can hear the turbo better and also felt some noticeable pull in all gears. I would recommend this intake to anyone who's looking for an enclosed system at a lower price then some other competitors!

    immario282

    Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 07, 2016

    Best Intake for Ecoboost

    Great Intake Great fit Good Power Looks Good Feels Good

    Julio

    Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 08, 2016

    Nice Boost

    The intake was fairly easy to install - it took less than an hour. The difference in acceleration is noticeable and at high revs you can hear the intake sucking air - nice! This was done without a tune. One huge unexpected benefit - the lag from pushing the pedal to acceleration is now gone completely - she's ready to go!

    alface

    Year: 2015 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 17, 2016

    More Horses more power.

    This Airaid gave my cars power a small just but noticeable. Works very well with the bama x4 tuner

    Dane

    Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 23, 2017

    Great addition

    First off I wasn't sent the whole cold air intake kit. I was missing a part of it. After some confusion and a couple days and a couple customer service reps I finally got things straightened out with your customer service agent Jennifer. She was excellent and took care of the problem. She even called me back the next day to verify the product was shipped. That's going above and beyond imo. This lady should be given some recognition for her efforts. The cold air intake was easy to install and I can defiantly tell the difference in acceleration without the lag. Thanks American Muscle for doing the right thing with your customer service and keeping a customer buying your products.

    TerryK

    Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 08, 2017

    Ecobeast

    One of the best cold air intakes to get for the Ecoboost. Installation was hassle free and every part fit like a glove. My Ecoboost turned into an Ecobeast!

    Ecobeast

    Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 22, 2017

    Sounds better, might be performing better

    I found this pretty easy to install. The air-flow sensor seems to be somewhat loosey-goosey in that it doesn't seem firmly situated; there is an o-ring but the whole thing seems to wiggle around a good bit. Also, the wire that connects this sensor is stretched to it's absolute maximum so not sure how that is going to wear. I did the Cobb tuner before the intake and there are some differences with the intake installed. It sounds better (can hear the turbo) and the throttle seems more sensitive. It's hard to tell real gains without a dyno but the sound has a solid placebo effect. One thing I noted was that the stock airbox seemed to be pretty well sealed so it's not clear to me why this is likely to bring in lower temp air unless there are some leaks in the stock one that I don't see. So in short, I like it but for 300 bucks, I'm not sure bang-for-the-buck is there.

    JimP

    Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 17, 2017

    Excellent quality

    The quality was great however the product did not fit properly as it tugged on the PCV valve and created a small vacuum leak where the grommet in the adapter connect into the intake.

    BrandonW

    Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 15, 2017

    It's a CAI

    Not sure of what gains I got but is enough to be noticed. The noise is most noticeable. Definitely one of the best!

    Nick

    Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 12, 2017

    Fantastic

    The only negative thing I'd have to say about this CAI is for how the sensor is mounted and held into place. It works great and performs greats other than that. I also bought a tuner as well and both my custom tune and air into together gave me an outstanding amount of power.

    Martin

    Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 10, 2017

    Good Intake

    Despite them saying only a few HP gain without a boost, I definitely notice more. I would say 15 to 20 HP gain without boost. Good product, easy to install. Takes seriously about 20 min. Looks nice installed too.

    arhmustang

    Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 10, 2017

    Best intake ever purchased

    I could immediately tell a difference in acceleration and my throttle response one my 1st test run...

    Sam

    Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 07, 2017

    Nice look and performance

    The intake provided a completely different look for the car. Installation was a bit tricky, however, with some adjustments here and there I was able to get unit to fit. As a closed system it doesn't sound very throaty, but you can tell the difference in output when you step on the throttle.

    Airfarce1987

    Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 02, 2017

    Looks great, fits great.

    I purchased this system because everyone else seems to have all the other ones and I love the grill it has especially since I wanted to paint it to the original color of the car, fits perfect and easy to install. Well made but the plexiglass did not for flush I had to shave it down on one corner other than that perfect fit im not planning on tuning I got it for the looks.

    DrewM

    Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 02, 2017

    Love it

    My boyfriend told me to buy this item. He installed it for me in about 40 minutes. Can't wait to have the down pipe put in as well. That arrived 2 days ago.

    HeatherM

    Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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