2016 Ford Mustang
After a full redesign for the 2015 model year and their launch of the new S550 chassis, Ford then went out to debut the first of the next generation Shelby Mustangs, the GT350 and GT350R with its 2016 model. Available as either a coupe or convertible, there are also powerful engine options, starting with a 3.7L V6 (base) and a turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost. The 5.0L V8 is the most powerful of the non-Shelby options, producing 435hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R models with the 5.2L V8 are capable of 526hp and 429lb-ft of torque. This is Ford’s first V8 that uses a plain crankshaft, something usually reserved for racing cars. Convertible models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and either a 2.3L turbocharged I-4 or the 5.0L V8.
Vintage 60s Style
If you’re looking to add distinctive classic appeal to a modern 2016 Mustang Fastback, then consider Rear Window Louvers, which can add bold style in mere minutes and at a budget-friendly price tag too. Rear Window Louvers are made from durable, yet lightweight automotive-grade ABS plastic and typically come in a gloss or matte black finish. For further customisation however, ABS plastic is easily paintable. The actual style of the Louvers can vary: there’s the more traditional design that bends down the middle slats and provides access to the third brake light, as well as a more unique two-piece option that will leave most of the rear window open. There may be minor boost in overall aerodynamics with Rear Window Louvers and other side benefits include reduced glare on the highly slanted rear window,
A More Aggressive Engine Roar
Outfitting your 2016 Mustang with an aftermarket exhaust system will unleash a more aggressive exhaust note, and depending on your chosen system, impressive gains in horsepower and torque. The two most popular configurations are the axle-back and catback exhausts, and while they both will provide that deep, aggressive sound, there are noticeable difference between the two:
- Cat-back Exhaust: A cat-back will replace all components that the exhaust flows through after the catalytic converter: the mid-pipes, mufflers and exhaust tips. As a result, they will have not just an impact on sound and appearance, but performance too. This triad of enhancements make the catback the most often go-to for exhaust modifications. A cat-back system will use larger diameter pipes than stock (2.5" or 3", depending on engine). Greater diameter helps to reduce back pressure, which can then improve horsepower. Mandrel bending maintains a consister pipe diameter throughout the bend (no pinching), for better flow and a deeper, throatier sound. Exhaust notes can range from mild to extreme, depending on the manufacturer and design.
- Axle-back Exhaust: If you’re happy with your Mustang’s performance, then opt for an axle-back system. The more budget friendly option, an axle-back will replace the factory muffler, and will provide a louder, more aggressive exhaust note when compared to the stock system. Quality axle-backs are made from stainless steel, and while some manufacturers do claim that their system will decrease exhaust back pressure and increase performance, they are still more of a sound, rather than performance, modification. To install, you will need to cut out the OEM mufflers and weld the new axle-back system in place.
Make Short Shrift of your OEM Shifter
One of the few complaints with 2016 and other S550 Mustang models with the MT82 6-speed transmission is the shifting experience. Many find the factory throws too long and often times notchy. Swap it for a short-throw shifter to decrease time spent changing gear. A short shifter is not just a shortened stock shifter. A short shifter reduces the angle of the shifter shaft (the part that travels between gears) which changes the pivot point. A different pivot point means that while the (unseen) end of the shifter will still travel the same distance between gears, the actual physical movement required to shift gears is much shorter. Quicker gear changes is also complemented by a smoother, more precise feel.