Justin: Hey, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is our Power Pack Bolt-on Build-up for all '05 to '09 V6 Mustangs.
Now, I know what you're thinking, "A Power Pack for a V6?" Well, yeah. I mean, the truth is, there are a ton of these 4-liter V6s out on the road, and honestly, they can be pretty quick just given a little help. And that's exactly what we're going to do with our 2005 V6 here. We're going to add some basic performance parts and some acceleration parts, which should really wake up our 4-liter motor, and hopefully, give those V8s a run for their money. But before our car goes under the knife, we're going to grab a quick baseline Dyno on first, then hand the car over to the crew to get everything installed.
Hey, what's going on, Mike?
Mike: Hey, what's up, man?
Justin: Not too much, but I know we just finished up installing a bunch of great parts on our V6 here, the first of which was Pypes' Mid-Muffler True Dual system. Now, I know, previously, we had a different dual system on this car. How is the Mid-Muffler going to differ?
Mike: First off, there's little or no drone or resonance, thanks to the M-80 mufflers and the longer tailpipe, and we'll get a slight increase in horsepower.
Justin: All right, Mike, moving away from the back of the car to under the hood, I noticed we have the tried and true AIRAID cold air intake system in place. Now, besides the obvious bump in power, what else can we expect from that?
Mike: We're going to get superior filtration, thanks to the Superflow technology. The filter's much better than any of your typical cotton gauze type filters on the market, which can give us maximum protection. The filter's also reusable, so it can save us money in the long run. It's no-tune-required, but we're going to put a tune on it anyway to maximize our power gains. And it looks great under the hood.
Justin: Speaking of looking good under the hood, I noticed we also installed the Accel coil pack as well. I know, traditionally, we don't expect to see a ton of power from that mod by itself, but it will offer some other benefits, correct?
Mike: Right. Overall, the drivability is going to be improved. It's going to help give us a smoother idle, quicker start-ups, a little bit of fuel economy, and a slight gain in horsepower.
Justin: Now, awesome, man. I can only assume we're going to top all of this off with one of your custom BAMA tunes?
Mike: Oh, yeah.
Justin: Very cool. Now, besides the big power expectations, what else can we expect to see from this tune?
Mike: Just like all of our tunes, it's custom tailored to the mods you have on the car. Though it's not required, we're going to install one to help tie everything together and increase our shift performance and our throttle response.
Justin: Cool, man. Well, I'm interested to see how these mods come together. You about ready to do another pull?
Mike: Let's do it, man.
Justin: All right.
So, our baseline run with our 2005 V6 gave us 173 horsepower and 203 foot-pound of torque. With our Power Pack installed, we were able to make 189 horsepower and 218 foot-pound of torque, giving us a peak horsepower gain of 16 over our baseline numbers, and gains of 22 horsepower and 23 foot-pound of torque throughout the curve.
All right, Mike, well, the car is definitely making some good power, but before we get out of here, I just want to ask you about a couple things the guys installed for us. Ready for this? We got brand-new 4.10 gears, a new diff from Auburn, and finally, this control arm combo kit from BBK. And what can we expect from all this?
Mike: The 4.10 gears are going to help us accelerate quicker. The limited-slip differential is going to equally distribute the power to both wheels. And the BBK control arms are going to take that power and help put it to the ground.
Justin: Well, I guess there's only one thing left to do, get the car off the Dyno and onto the street, just so we can see how everything feels. Thanks again, Mike.
Justin: All right, so we just got done talking to Mike, we got the car off the Dyno and out on the street here, and wow. That's just my first impression. It sounds amazing, quiet when you want it to be, but loud when you want it to be, but not in an annoying way. It sounds great.
Now, as for the acceleration parts, we added some really good stuff. We've got the 4.10s. Mike laid it out for us, faster acceleration all around, just always in the power band. The Auburn LSD, the car just pulls hard out of the turns, pulls hard out of the hole, and the power, you can just feel it going to both wheels now. Finally, those BBK control arms, the car just feels solid in the rear end, feels solid on the launch, and wheel hop is all but gone.
Now, would I put this car against a V8 right now? Sure. I mean, that's probably, that's half the fun, is really seeing what you're working with and having a little fun with these builds. And that's why we're car guys. This car is a new animal altogether. I know these V6s can be totally competent. Again, as I mentioned earlier, they just need a helping hand. They just need to be shown the right way, and with all the parts we added today, I think we're definitely on the right track to embarrassing some V8s.
So, that wraps up our Bolt-on Build-up Power Pack for our V6 here. Be sure to check out some of our other Bolt-on Build-ups as well, where we improve our handling and our appearance.