Review & Install Video
Hey, everybody, I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my detailed review and dyno test of the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and VMP Tune combo, available for '11-'14 Mustang GT. The C&L VMP combination is going to be for the S197 GT owners out there looking to add the most power possible for south of a thousand bucks, short of using nitrous. Now this is going to be the safest way to add the most bang for your buck using two relatively simple and easy-to-install modifications. And often times this is going to be the way people start when the desire for more power sets in.
Now speaking of the gains, let's break down the numbers from the C&L and VMP combination first before I start getting into the intake and tune. We already have our baseline numbers in the books from earlier today. We installed the C&L, we uploaded the VMP 93 octane tune, reran our 2011 automatic GT, and here are the results.
Baseline run using our 2011 automatic GT gave us 342 horsepower, and 323 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L VMP combination, the car is now making 372 horsepower, and 358 pound-feet of torque. That's good for a peak gain of 30 horsepower over those baseline numbers, and gains as much as 33 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque under the curve.
All right, guys, this is what you want to see when you install a couple of parts, right? This thing picked up everywhere. We got big gains down low of torque, big high-end gains of horsepower. I mean, for a couple of mods, an hours worth of your time, this is the results you're looking for. So now that you know a little bit more about the numbers, let's get into some of the details of this kit.
First, let's start with the C&L. Now obviously a very popular intake here on the site, if you check out some of the customer reviews. And one that's going to be priced competitively with most of the other aftermarket options here at AM. So with that said, why would you want to go with the C&L? Well, C&L has a long history in the Mustang community. It has produced a wide variety of induction parts for the Mustang for well over 20 years now, all of which are designed, built, and tested in the USA.
Breaking down some of the specifics with the C&L, here's what you're going to be looking at guys. Roto molded plastic intake tube, 95-millimeter aluminum mass air flow housing, the reusable oiled high-flow filter. Now again, you can wash this thing, reuse it. It's going to save you some money in the long run. And finally, C&L includes this ABS plastic heat shield. Now even though this heat shield is a little simple by design compared to some of your other options here on the site, there is one thing I really do enjoy about this heat shield, and that's this little plastic overhang here. Now this is going to do an excellent job of keeping water from dripping through those 13 and 14 hood vents onto the actual filter itself, so big thumbs up from me on that.
All that aside, C&L is a company that truly puts their flow bench to work. Now as I mentioned earlier, they test their designs over and over again. And by the time they finally nailed their S197 GT intake, they managed to squeeze in an additional 47% more airflow out of this design, compared to the factory air box. Now that's very impressive, and those are results that you're going to see on the dyno, on the street, and at the track.
So now that you guys know a little more about the C&L Cold Air Intake let's talk about the second part of the equation, the VMP custom tune. I think you'll find the VMP tune to be the more premium option available here at AmericanMuscle.com. The price is certainly going to reflect that, but it's going to be a more polished or refined product in regards to overall reliability and driveability, and also power, as we already saw with our dyno results. Now you are going to be receiving three tunes written by VMP, a low, medium, and high octane tune, depending on what kind of fuel you have available in your area, along with one single data log revision if necessary. Now again guys, these tunes are written directly by VMP. VMP is going to email you the tunes for an easy upload onto the X4 device that you're going to be receiving from us here at AM.
The X4 flash tuner is going to be the workhorse of the aftermarket tuning world. It's definitely one of the most popular handheld tuning devices here at AmericanMuscle.com, but it's also going to be one of the most user-friendly. And it's packed with a bunch of cool features in addition to the main duty of tuning your ride. Probably the coolest feature with the X4, guys, is the on-screen gauges and data logging. Now, this thing is a full-time monitoring device, basically reading and displaying a bunch of useful information from your car's OBDII port all in real time. Things like air fuel ratio, intake air temperature, cooling temperature, ignition timing, RPM, the list goes on. Believe me, this thing can display a bunch of stuff. Now all this information is fully customizable when it comes to layout. You can display up to eight different values at one time on the X4. All very easy to see on the backlit full-color LCD screen.
Other notable features with the X4 include the ability to hold up to 10 custom tunes at one time, and it can be used as your diagnostic tool of your S197, reading and clearing those check engine lights easily and quickly with your ride. Now when you do flash your car with the X4 for the first time, it's going to store a carbon copy of your factory PCM. Basically, what this means is whenever you wish to return your car back to stock, the X4 can handle that for you with a simple touch of a button.
Obviously, guys, we got a few things going on here with regards to install. Let's start with the C&L first. Now removing your factory intake and getting the new C&L installed will be pretty simple stuff really. It'll take you about 20 to 30 minutes and only is going to involve a basic socket set, a few screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, and a Torque tool to remove your mass airflow sensor from the factory intake. Again, very straightforward install here. You shouldn't have any problems whatsoever.
Moving on to the tune, even easier. This is a total plug-and-play job, guys. You're going to want to plug this thing into your car's OBDII port. On the S197, you'll find it on the lower left-hand portion of the dash. After it powers on, go ahead and navigate to the program vehicle tab. Follow the menu on the screen, and you should be good to go in a few minutes there. So again, overall, guys, a very, very simple package to install. Anybody can do this one. I'll call it a simple one out of three wrenches on my overall scale of difficulty, and the whole package should take you roughly an hour from start to finish.
Wrapping this one up, guys. The C&L intake is going to be a solid option for your S197 GT. And when paired with that VMP custom tuning option, it's going to provide some excellent power gains, along with a big improvement in your overall driveability.
So be sure to learn more about this particular combination right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
More Power for Enhanced Performance.
- Buy this Cold Air Intake and Tuner Combo and Submit your Mustang's Info Here!
- A VMP Tuning Calibrator will write custom tune files specifically for your Mustang and its Mods
- Load them on your Mustang and GO!
Add more power and enhance the performance of your 2011-2014 5.0L GT or BOSS Mustang by installing a C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with 95mm MAF and SCT X4 Combo Kit from AmericanMuscle. This kit features 3 Custom Tune Files direct from VMP Tuning to ensure optimum performance and power. This winning combination will improve airflow by up to 47 percent, significantly boosting overall power by 33 HP and 42 TQ.3 VMP Custom Tune Files.
When you order this CAI/Tuner Combo Kit, you aren't just getting a tuner - you're also receiving 3 Custom Tune Files written directly by VMP Tuning specifically for your Mustang and your particular set of modifications. Tune Files include a low, a medium and a high octane tune, depending what fuel is available in your area. VMP Tuning even provides one post sale data log review (if necessary) to ensure your 5.0L is running healthy and strong. Tune Files will be emailed from VMP for an easy upload to the X4 Tuner.C&L Racer Cold Air Intake.
A C&L Racer Cold Air Intake Kit completely replaces your 5.0L's restrictive factory air box and paper filter with a roto-molded intake tube and rechargeable high flow air filter assembly. After installation, you'll see up to a 47% increase in airflow for more horsepower, improved torque and better fuel economy. Additionally, harmful power robbing particles will be filtered out with the help of the oiled, reusable air filter. See more info about this Racer Cold Air Intake - Here!SCT X4 Tuner.
The SCT X4 Handheld Tuner will allow you to re-tune your S197 Mustang's computer for increased power and better drivability. With its compact design and full color LCD screen, you'll easily be able to take full advantage of your new C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with 3 Custom VMP Tunes. See more info about this Custom Tuner - Here!Increase Your Mod's Potential
. From the factory, Ford programs their vehicles to cater to the needs of the daily driver, not the performance enthusiast who adds aftermarket bolt-on modifications in search of more power. That is why a custom tune file is so important. By optimizing air/fuel ratio, adjusting ignition timing and tweaking variable cam timing, a VMP Custom Tune will squeeze out extra power that your aftermarket performance mods have to offer.Application.
This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and VMP X4 Tuner with 3 VMP Custom Tune Files is specifically designed for 2011-2014 5.0L GT and BOSS Mustangs with or without basic bolt-on modifications, such as a Throttle Body and/or Full Exhaust System.
**Please Note: The SCT X4 Tuner will ship blank from AmericanMuscle. The Custom VMP Tune Files will be emailed directly to the end user within 5-7 business days from VMP Tuning.
This product will not ship to addresses in California due to state regulations. Additionally, support will not be provided for tuning for California residents.
- What's in the Box
- (1) VMP X4 Tuner
- (1) USB PC Interface Cable
- (1) OBDII Interface Cable
- (3) VMP Tuning Custom Tune Files
- (1) Air Intake Tube
- (1) Air Filter
- (1) MAF Housing
- (2) Silicone Couplers
- (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
- Clamps & All Needed Hardware
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
||2011-2014 GT, BOSS
||Engine Bay |
||Computer Tune Required:
VMP X4 Tuner Features:
- Full Color LCD Display with Auto Dim Feature
- Built-In Wi-Fi for Easy Updates
- On Screen Data Logging and Monitoring
- Reads/Clears DTC Trouble Codes
- PC/Windows Compatible
||Custom Tunes by VMP Tuning|
||Custom Tunes Held:
||2011-2014 GT, BOSS
||X4 Power Flash Custom Tuner |
||Includes One Data Log Review from VMP Tuning|
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- GT - 11, 12, 13, 14
- Boss 302 - 12, 13