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Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads - Front Pair (07-12 GT500; 12-13 Boss 302; 11-14 GT Brembo)

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  • Ideal Street Brake Pad
  • Good Braking
  • Performance Ceramic Compound
  • Extremely Quiet
  • Sold as a Pair for Front
  • Fits 2007-2012 Shelby GT500, 2012-2013 Boss 302 and 2011-2014 GT's Equipped with Brembo Brakes
Great Stopping Power. Hawk Performance Ceramic brake pads are the ideal replacement pad for your Brembo Equipped Mustang OE pads. Using a ceramic compound like that used on many high-end sports cars, these pads brake much better than your Mustang's stock pads, plus they feel and sound better too. Make your Mustang feel like a real sportscar with a set of Hawk Ceramic pads.

Daily Driver Friendly. Hawk Performance Ceramic pads bite strongly but smoothly right out of your driveway without being warmed up, making this a great choice for your daily driver. Plus, these pads use a unique linear friction profile which allows your ABS braking system to work more effectively.

Minimal Dust & Noise. The Hawk Ceramic pads use a compound that allows your brakes to work almost silently and dust far less than stock pads or even other high performance pads. They're a great choice for drivers who want to be able to show n'go with a minimum of prep time.

Application. This set of Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads are specifically designed to be used on the front of the 2007-2012 Shelby GT500, 2012-2013 Boss 302 and 2011-2014 GT Mustangs equipped with Brembo front calipers. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

Brake Comparison



HP Plus
Best Use:Street/StripBest Use:Daily DriverBest Use:Autocross/Track
Stopping Power:GreatStopping Power:GoodStopping Power:Excellent
Noise:QuietNoise:Very QuietNoise:Increased Noise
Dust:Low DustDust:Ultra Low DustDust:Increased Dust

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

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  • (2) Pairs of Brake Pads
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Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14
  • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12

Fits 2011-2014 GT Mustangs with the Brembo Brake Package Only

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Superior Alternative

Ford quoted me $600 (!!) for replacement Brembos, so I immediately went to American Muscle and found these. They were pretty straight forward to install, and after a week of driving I definitely think ...

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Better Than Imagined

I was concerned about the stopping power of "ceramic" at first, but am very satisfied that I made the switch. In my opinion, they stop just as well as the stock brakes that came with my 2009 GT500. The ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Review & Install Video

I’m Justin with, and today I have with me 3 different brake pad options, all from Hawk Performance. We’re looking at the ceramic, the HPS, and the HP+, for both front and rear that will offer a broad range of performance that will suit everything from a bone stock daily driver, to an all out race course monster. Any one of these pads will far outperform your stock pads in just about every way, more braking performance, less fade and dust. However it’s very important you select the right pad for your application, so with that in mind, let’s break these 3 options down a little further. First up is the ceramic option from Hawk. These are going to be an ideal OE replacement and be perfectly suited for any daily driver, they’re going to bite strong without needing to be hot, be very quiet, and offer very minimal dust. This is all thanks to that ceramic compounds, which offers a nice balance between performance and everyday streetability. The next pad, the Hawk HPS will be right in the middle between the ceramics and the HP+ and will be for a daily driver or a weekend warrior, whose car does see a little track time and are just looking for a little bit more bite, and less fade. These pads utilize a therocarbon compound which does benefit from a little heat in order to perform their best but still offer great performance when cold. It is worth pointing out that these pads can be a little noisy when cold, and will definitely put off a little bit more dust than the ceramics, but all around, the HPS are a solid performer. Finally, we have the HP+. These are going to be for someone who subjects their Mustang to road courses and auto crossing where repetitive fade and high heat can kill lesser pads. Can you use these pads on the street? Yes, however, these pads feature a high temperature specific compound with a very high friction coefficient, which means these pads need to be hot and stay hot in order to perform at their best, like on a road course or an auto cross track. Once hot, these HP+ pads will bite hard, and offer great performance with very little fade, these pads tend to be very noisy and put off a good amount of dust, however since they’re geared more towards a race car versus a show car, most folks should be fine with that. Installing these pads from Hawk or any brake pads at that matter is a pretty simple task if you’ve never tackled brakes before. Due to the aggressive compounds of these pads, Hawk included a grease, to be used in conjunction with the included shim located on the back of the pad just to keep the noise level down. It’s very important that you use the grease on the back of the pad and not on the front of the pad, just so you don’t mess up your new brakes. Overall, getting the fronts and rears installed should only take you about 2 hours from start to finish. When it comes down to it, brake pads and tires are 2 of the biggest factors when it comes to helping your car stop faster. So try upgrading your Mustang to a quality pad like one of these Hawk options, and discover the difference in your braking performance.

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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Fit 4.842105 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.631579 4.6
  • Stopping Power 4.68421 4.7

  • 5/5

    July 15, 2016

    Superior Alternative

    Ford quoted me $600 (!!) for replacement Brembos, so I immediately went to American Muscle and found these. They were pretty straight forward to install, and after a week of driving I definitely think they are on par, if not better than the Brembos. Stopping power is excellent and reassuring, and the low brake dust of the ceramics is also definitely a plus. All in all, I think they outdo the Brembos, and for the price it is a great buy.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 07, 2011

    Better Than Imagined

    I was concerned about the stopping power of "ceramic" at first, but am very satisfied that I made the switch. In my opinion, they stop just as well as the stock brakes that came with my 2009 GT500. The real plus for this purchase comes in the fact that the amount of black dust has been reduced from 80% with the stocks (filthy after 50 miles of city driving) to about 15% with ceramics (hardly noticeable). You'd have to drive 500 miles around town with the ceramics to get the same amount of dust that the stocks get after just 25 miles and this is important if you ever go with any kind of chrome wheel. You won't regret this purchase.


    Year: 2009 Alabama

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 01, 2015

    very easy to install these, i took my time but maybe an hour job

    these seem to have same stopping power as the originals pads on my Boss, I have heard that going to ceramic pads I would have a softer pedal but not the case with these, break in was simple and they stop great, only reason I changed was the factory pads make to much dust, these seem to be a lot better so far. Ric B.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: Boss Liverpool, Texas

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 10, 2015

    Great upgrade

    Ordered these for my GT500 on Thursday and had them on my car by Monday afternoon. First thing I noticed was the squeal was gone. The initial bite was hard and was reassuring. Great for daily driving. The best part is the lack of dust. The stock brakes would cover my wheels in a day. Its been a week and so far so good.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Lake Worth Florida

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 14, 2014

    Easy install for Brembos

    Never did a brake pad job myself; took the car to a do-it-yourself shop as I own virtually no tools. Had the car lifted and the pads changed nice and quick, probably 30 minutes total for the front. Don't have to deal with the annoying Ford slotting brake piston in the back, much easier to do with Brembos. I've only had them on a day but I have already noticed they bite nice are hard. And best of all, my brakes isn't squeaking anymore.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Tacoma, WA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 26, 2014


    The pads that came with my Vintage Venom Brembo upgrade squealed so badly my wife didn't even want to talk to me on the phone in the car, and everyone always knew when I arrived home because of the noise. It's totally gone with these ceramics, and I still have fantastic braking power. And the reduction in dust on my chrome Cobra R's is like night and day, literally.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Canton, GA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 09, 2014

    Very Nice

    Great stopping power and quiet as could be , very pleased


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Louisiana, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 22, 2013

    Excellent stopping power!

    Takes about an hour to install. Heck it takes longer to hoist it up an remove the wheels than it does to change the pads on the Brembo's. Better than stock stopping power and no noise so far. A little high priced for ceramic pads but way less that stock replacements and very high quality. I feel very confident with these braking my GT500 and would recommend them to anyone.


    Year: 2009 Submodel: GT500 Missouri

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 17, 2013

    Easiest Brake Pad replacement I've done

    First off, YES, these fit on 12-14 Brembo equipped GTs. As always, American Muscle has blown me away with getting me anything I've ordered very quickly. I ordered these on Sunday evening and they were on the truck at my location on Tuesday. UPS delivered on Wednesday morning. Price is fantastic. My local Ford Dealer quoted me $250 just for the pads, so AMs price was right on the money! I couldn't ask for better pricing and service!! I'll be honest; I really should have looked at a video on how to get the pins out before starting work. This was my FIRST install on pads with Brembo Brakes. Once I figured out how to get the pins out, it literally took me less than 15 mins each side to get the old pads out and the new ones in. Compressing the pistons was easier than on any other car I've done brakes for. Overall performance of the brakes is really good. Just a little better than the stock Brembo pads. They've only been on for less than 20 miles so I can't comment on the "ultra-low dust" that Hawk advertised. So far, I'm VERY happy!!! Again, thank you American Muscle!!!


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Baltimore, MD, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 16, 2013


    To say this car made brake dust is an understatement, 50 miles and performance white looked grey. Little dust, smooth and linear feel, no noise, and did I say LITTLE dust!


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Illinois, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 27, 2012

    Awesome Pads!!!!!

    I recommend these pads too whom ever is a driver of any Gt500. The stock Brembo pads don't even compare to these. Easy installation, great stopping power, and best of all.....ultra low dust. Stock pads, your having too clean your rims daily. I highly recommend and highly suggest you purchase from American Muscle. No place else compares.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Georgia

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    June 13, 2016

    Saved some money

    Dealer wanted $750 just for the front Brembo pads. Crazy! I have been braking really really hard and the stopping power is almost as good as stock (I did resurface the rotors). Next time I will try HPS and new rotors. Much less brake dust and they sound the same as stock.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 14, 2013

    Surprisingly good

    I am very impressed with the increased stopping power. Took a little bit to get used to it. There is the tiniest little squeaky from time to time so I wouldn't call the completely silent but it is well worth it for the performance. I would highly recommend these pads.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Austin, TX, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 29, 2013

    Jury is still out

    So I have to say based on everything I read on these pads I was expecting a different feel. I didn't get it with the stock rotors. They stop fine and the pedal is smooth. People were saying it provides better bite but I'm not feeling it. Now with rotors I'm sure the combination will be great. The biggest win is the dust or should I say the lack of dust. I have driven over a week without cleaning the car and the wheels don't even have a haze of brake dust. Simply amazing. The lack of brake dust and the quiet operation make these an excellent buy even with stock pads.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Charleston, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 22, 2013

    great product

    love Hawk brake pads. Low dust and great stopping power


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Eagle, Upper Uwchlan, PA 19480, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 13, 2013

    squeal gone

    I installed both the front and rear pads on my 2008 Shelby GT500. With 12,000+ miles on the car and the original factory pads, a squeal had developed during slow speed stops. Additionally, a short trip of 25 miles would produce brake dust on the front rims. However after replaceing the factory pads with the Hawk pads, I have no squeal at any speed, little to no brake dust and a much better brake feel. Since I had so few miles on the car, I did not have to turn the rotors and the install was easy and quick. I highly recommend these pads for street and track use.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Millstadt, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: 0-$100

    February 15, 2013

    Just Stop It

    I love these brake pads. I had my car in the shop and they installed these for free. When I picked up my car and hit the brakes for the first! It stopped on a dime. I have also seen less brake dust with is great. Overall very satisfied with the product. Definitely recommend to anyone with the Brembo package or GT500.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Texas, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 22, 2013

    Great pads

    I didn't realize with my Brembo rims how much dust the factory pads gave off. I bought black wheels and the brake dust was awful. After reading the reviews, I decided to give these pads a shot. It took about 2 hours to change all 4 wheels. I have to say that these pads probably have one tenth the dust of the factory pads. The car stops better and I don't have to spend alot of time cleaning the rims like before. If you like driving your Stang more then cleaning your wheels then buy these pads.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Levittown, PA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 10, 2012

    Great stock replacements

    Factory Ford pads are notorious for loads of dust, followed by squealing. These pads cut way down on both. With the Brembo front calipers, the install is super easy. I did both fronts in about 2 hours. I could've been faster but I thoroughly washed the rims and tires while I had them off. This was so I could better gauge the reduction in brake dust. Overall, great product at a good price with an easy install. That’s a recipe for awesome.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500 Cibolo, Tx

    Helpful (0) (0)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 29, 2012

    Great Product!!!!!!

    I was so tired of the excessive brake dust that was coming from the stock brake pads on my 2007 Shelby GT 500 and I decided to try these brake pads from Hawk. What a difference!


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT500 Michigan

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