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C&L Cold Air Intake (15-17 V6)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower
  • Increases of 22 RWHP and 22 RWTQ with a Bama 93 Octane Tune
  • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
  • Roto-molded Plastic Construction
  • High Flow Reusable Oiled Air Filter
  • Easy installation
  • No Computer Re-Tune Required
  • CARB EO Number: D-776
  • Fits 2015-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com here with my review of the C&L cold air intake available for the 2015 and up V6 Mustang. This C&L cold air intake is going to be for the S550 V6 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. A cold air intake is normally one of the first mods that many Mustang owners go to, but there are many different types of cold air intakes on the market. The C&L right here is an option that brings benefits besides just pure number gains to the table without requiring a tune. Speaking of gains, let's break the numbers down first before getting into the intake. We already ran a baseline run and got some numbers in the book, so we're going to run the car again with the C&L installed. Now we did pair a 93 octane Bama Performance tune with the intake even though the intake does not require a tune. But we wanted to see the full power potential that the intake has. A cold air intake by itself will only net a few horsepower at the end of the day, and we're talking single digits here. So even if an aftermarket 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 V6 gave us numbers of 241 horsepower and 235 foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L intake and the 93 octane Bama Performance tune, the car made 260 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque making for a peak gain of 19 horsepower and 15 foot-pounds of torque. Now keep in mind that we did pair the intake with a tune, so a lot of these gains can definitely be attributed to that tune. Peak gains are always nice to know, but the real thing I look for is differences throughout the curve or in your driving RPMs, which is where you're actually going to notice performance gains when you're driving. And throughout the curve, we're seeing gains of 22 horsepower in the 6100 RPM range and 22 foot-pounds of torque right in the 3600 RPM range. Having this low end torque gain is something that you're actually going to feel as you're going through the gears. You'll get up to speed faster and you'll go through the gears a lot faster too. So overall what we've seen from this intake on the Dyno here is some of the lowest intake air temps out of the aftermarket cold air intakes for the V6. And 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. Like I said before, you're only going to see gains of two to three horsepower without a tune, but just keep in mind that the more you mod your car, the more restrictive the factory air intake will become. Now like I just said, also keep in mind that a lot of the gains that we're seeing are due to the tune that we paired with the intake. If we take a closer look at the C&L itself, it's first off 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 has one of the best fit and finishes that I've seen for the S550 V6. And all of C&L's products are built and tested in the USA, which is just something that I like to point out. But looking at the specifics here, this does include a reusable filter that you can easily wash and re-oil when it gets a little dirty, and it's a pretty good sized air filter too. I would definitely say that the air filter is on the bigger side of the filters and the intake piping is also larger than piping that I've seen for aftermarket S550 cold air intakes. The intake also has a rotomolded plastic construction throughout, including the intake tube, which will give smooth air delivery to the engine. 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 option of AIRAID right now. It has a plexiglass lid that's removable, so you can get to the 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 before, 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 that it taps into the factory cold air duct, which brings cool air in from the grille 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 aftermarket intakes for the S550 V6s. 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 driveability, then just know that any improvements that you'll see from the intake can be greatly amplified by running a tune just as a side note. When it comes to price, this is an intake that's at the top of the line when it comes to both fit and finish and design. It provides good power gains when paired with a tune, it's an enclosed air box style and it utilizes the cold air feed from outside of the car. With all of this being said, this intake is one of the most expensive that's available and it costs between $350 and $400. 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 mil, a flat head for the plastic pins and some pliers to remove the hose clamps. This is probably one of the easier mods that you can tackle with your new Mustang and it'll probably take about a half hour to an hour tops, and I'm going to call it a one out of three wrenches on our scale. At the start of the install, disconnect the breather hoses from the inlet tube. Remove the 10 millimeter bolt on the air box that holds it to the inner fender and detach the air box from the lower inlet tube on the side of the rad as you take out the air box. Loosen the clamps on the inlet tube at the throttle body and the air box and then remove the inlet tube. Then you're going to want to ready your new air box by installing the filter adapter. Next, install the aluminum fittings for the air hoses into the intake tube. Then you're ready to install the air box into the car starting with the air duct sliding into the factory location, and reinstall the factory bolt to hold it down. Once the air box is in and bolted down, slide the coupler onto the adapter on the air box. Then slide the other coupler onto the throttle body. Just make sure that you can get to all of the clamps to tighten them down, but leave everything loose for now. Install the inlet tube onto the coupler on the throttle body and then onto the air filter coupler. Tighten down the clamps so everything is tight and connect the vacuum hoses to the inlet tube. All that's left then is just the filter itself, which just drops in. And tighten up the clamp, and then install the air box and tighten it down. Wrapping things up here, I think the C&L intake is a well built intake that works with an enclosed air box and taps into the cold air duct that Ford has provided for the intake. It fits well and 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 For More Power. Improve the horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency of your S550 3.7L V6 Mustang by replacing the restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a C&L Performance high flow intake tube and filter assembly to increase air flow. C&L intakes are dyno tuned and tested for maximum performance and efficiency.

No Tune Required. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake is designed to improve the performance of your 3.7L V6 powered Pony 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.

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 to fit the 2015-2017 Mustangs equipped with the 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 engine.

Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Intake Tube
  • (1) Air filter
  • (2) EPDM Couplers
  • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
  • Clamps & all needed hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2015-2017 V6 Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
Manufacturer: C&L Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 16, 15, 17

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5/5
Amazing

I am obsessed with this filter. I love that a tune is optional, because I don't need it quite yet. However, even without a tune I notice a big difference in the acceleration and power that the filter gives ...

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5/5
VERY IMPRESSED!

So I ordered this part a week ago from now I barely installed it yesterday and I honestly didn't expect a whole lot but....DAMMMM THE HP GAINS AND THROTTLE RESPONSE IS VERY NOTICEABLE!!!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ...

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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I just recently purchased this product, since I am in CA how can I get a CARB sticker for this so I can pass smog?

MattP93

  • If you could perhaps send us an email at 'Support@AmericanMuscle.com' with your order information for the intake, we can certainly make the necessary arrangements for the C.A.R.B Label.

    AMJEFF

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Is this part street legal in California?

AlexM

  • Hello! The C&L Cold Air Intake is Carb Legal

    VincentV

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cant seem to find instructions on how to clean the filter. any heads up on how to do it?

aye1ennn

  • The C&L Cold Air Intake's filter can be cleaned running the filter under warm water to wash off the debris, and then re-oiled with an air filter oil after the filter has completely air dried. For a deeper clean, we would highly recommend using an air filter cleaner, which is usually offered at a local auto-parts store as a bundle for a cleaner and oil. Depending on the manufacture, the instructions may vary, however, as general rule of thumb for cleaning, would be as follows: 1. Spray the filter with a cleanser from a recharging or cleaning kit. Allow it to soak for 10 minutes (don’t allow the cleanser to dry on the filter). 2. Rinse the cleaning solution off with low-pressure water. Move the filter up and down in the water stream to loosen and remove all debris.Gently shake off any excess water and allow the air filter to dry naturally. 3. Wait until the air filter is completely dry to apply oil.Using the filter oil from your cleaning kit, apply the oil all over the filter. Wipe up any extra oil and let it sit to absorb. (The oil goes a long way, so less is more).

    AMJEFF

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I know the V6 sounds pretty good with the Roush CAI. But I live in California. How would you compare the sound of this vs. the Roush?

DavidO

  • The sounds of this C&L cold air intake is very similar to that of the roush CAI, not to much of a difference there.

    AMjordan

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How much horsepower do you get with out a tune on a v6

KevinM

  • The horsepower numbers will vary depending on which tune you will run on your vehicle. You will be able to see baseline gains of around 20-25 RWHP depending on the tune and other modifications done to your vehicle.

    KevinD92

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Does the white plastic cover that is included with the intake need to be installed or can the metal cover just be installed?

AdamD

  • The C&L Cold Air Intake comes with a clear air box window. This is shipped with a white plastic film for shipping. once you peel this off the clear window can be installed with the metal part.

    Rob D

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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

  • Performance Gain 4.235294 4.2
  • Fit 4.588235 4.6



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 28, 2017

    Amazing

    I am obsessed with this filter. I love that a tune is optional, because I don't need it quite yet. However, even without a tune I notice a big difference in the acceleration and power that the filter gives the engine! Very easy to install.

    Badponi

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 24, 2017

    Noticible difference!

    This part is awesome! I do not have a tune on my car, but when you get on the gas, you can feel the difference and hear it. Makes my V6 with a Borla S-type catback sound even more angry! One issue I did have with this part is that one of the nuts on the CAI case had stripped threads, causing one of the screws holding the cover on to not tighten and to get stuck. So I ended up having to rip that nut out of the case and go to the hardware store to get a new one that I glued into that hole so the screw would hold. I also used double sided tape to have the plastic and metal cover together so it is one piece since it rattles a lot, but overall very happy and definitely recommend!

    MattP93

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 07, 2017

    VERY IMPRESSED!

    So I ordered this part a week ago from now I barely installed it yesterday and I honestly didn't expect a whole lot but....DAMMMM THE HP GAINS AND THROTTLE RESPONSE IS VERY NOTICEABLE!!!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GREAT AIR INTAKE BEST ONE SO FAR YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT VERY WELL ON THIS PRODUCT!!!!!

    AlexM

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 01, 2017

    Sure made a change!

    Took Roughly about 40mins. To install. When placed,I fueled her up drove it smooth for about a day to see how my daily driving experience had change an sure enough I can see the change. But Thats not what im excited About when put into sport mode an pedal is to the floor you will be amazed. Especially if you have an exhaust. As well when you rev on a complete stop it gives it a bit of a crackle which I Would never hear before. Overall great product .recommended.

    EmanuelG

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 24, 2017

    Cold Air intake

    Works really well. Noticed a difference but not very much. Didn't take long to install. But enjoy the look it gives the mustang. Would recommend it to anyone.

    V6Stang

    Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 08, 2017

    Sound of power

    I was so cool .. awesome job AM I feel the power everytime press the gas unlike the factory one

    Chanpol

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    December 09, 2016

    Impressive

    First mod I put in my car haven't done a tune on it yet so I notice a small power gain for now it does sound better like my mustang can breathe its a good foundation for what else I want done to my mustang can't compare it to another brand but I'm glad I got this one

    Lvv6

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 03, 2016

    Worth every penny

    This thing fit like a glove. I spent a few minutes the night before putting in the grommets and fittings so the install actually only took about 20 minutes. I also installed the Bama tune to go with this CAI and the results were amazing. My automatic is barking the tires going into 2nd gear now. The traction control is truly struggling to do it's job. I highly recommend this product! Well worth the money.

    Svideon

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    October 04, 2016

    Much deeper with headers!

    I installed the BBK shorty headers and felt a small power increase, but no change in sound. As soon as I added this CAI without the plastic cover, I cant stop smiling. The sound is much deeper, but with the plastic cover it is quite a bit quieter. The only problem I have is with the metal pieces for the sensors to attach to because they heat up and give a bad reading!! My computer told me the air intake temp was in the 150 degree range when it was really closer to 80... This caused my engine to heat up from ~200 to over 240. Ive wrapped the parts in a heat protecting wrap the best I can, and the temperature is closer to where it should be (around 20-25 when stopped and 15 when on the power). Also I wasnt sent a CARB sticker so I just had to print one off for it... Stupid California Laws.

    V6dailydriver

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    August 29, 2016

    Awesome mod

    Even though it's a little pricey the CAI releases its full potential when paired with a tune. The power is shown around 3k rpm and is most definitely felt! It's a good addition if you're trying to gain some power without hurting your pocket.

    BigShowHLS

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    July 25, 2016

    Great mod

    Great mod to give you better throttle response and gain more air flow meaning gaining HP, day and night difference from Stock air box

    Jtl5oh

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 09, 2016

    Great and easy first mod

    This was a quick and easy install on my 2016 v6 mustang. I did it by myself and was happy with the product. I haven't done a tune with it so there wasn't much of a performance difference. It does give the v6 a little deeper growl when on the gas though. No buyers remorse.

    GuardS550

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 15, 2017

    C L cold air

    Awesome air intake. With the stock exhaust, it still altered the sound. Gives it a nice throaty gurgle, that gives it a "tuned" car sound. Definitely a great buy.

    KeithA

    Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 21, 2017

    Sounds great

    Enclosed filer, really is true cold air intake. Recommend this for anyone that lives in California.

    RyanH

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 13, 2017

    this is good!

    u should buy it!!!!!!!this is very EZ to installation 。and the sound is very amazing,but u should buy it with the “Throttle Body High Flow 73mm ”

    BaiminZ

    Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 29, 2017

    Great Cold Air Intake

    This Cold Air Intake was fairly easy to install. The only problem I had was that the coupler that connects the CAI to the throttle body was too tight on the throttle body side. I ended up having to file the rubber down. Other than that the rest of the install went smoothly. I have not been able to notice any power gains (I don't have a tune), although the intake temps are 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit lower. My exhaust does sound different. It added a bit of rasp around 3000-4000rpm and overall sounds a bit deeper. Overall, I do like the sound additions that the CAI has brought.

    KyleS

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 28, 2017

    Good purchase

    Item is great for gaining a few extra hp and keeping the air coming to the heads cool. Noticed a difference on the high and low end. Thanks American muscle!

    ChrisSinger

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 17, 2017

    Great ADD

    I've had this intake on my 2015 Mustang now for 2 months and I must say it looks great and sounds better. You can feel a very small change in performance with this one change.

    Mark

    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 19, 2017

    Great product

    The product is a good bang for your buck, you will notice a increase after 2nd gear in power! Thanks looking for more upgrades now .

    Houston550s

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    May 31, 2016

    intake

    really gooood sound and quality. very easy to put togther....

    raf

    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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