Justin: What's up everybody? Justin with americanmuscle.com here with my buddy, Zach, from americanmuscle.com as well. You're actually doing a lot of the writing here, right? For some of the blogs, catalogs, things like that.
Justin: And you happen to have your ride in with us today. Your beautiful California special, silver, looks awesome. What kinds of mods you got going on so far, Zach?
Zach: It's a 2013 California Special. I put on a Roush axle back exhaust, the Ford racing H pipe with side exhaust, and a Ford racing short throw shifter.
Justin: Okay, so some of the basic bolt-ons, of course. Now you haven't really dove into the tune world yet, but that's something we're thinking about here today, right?
Zach: Yeah, I got used to the stock horsepower after a little bit of driving it, and I just want to turn things up a little bit.
Justin: Well, I think that's the name of the game. So today we're going to do obviously some tuning of course from the Bama V2, some of the custom tunes from them. We're also going to work with an intake. Why did you go with a CNL?
Zach: Well, CNL is a great brand. They've been around for a while. They do a lot of testing and really make sure the products are up to par, and I've heard great things about them, so I figured why not run it myself.
Justin: I've run it, and I have no complaints. So I think you definitely made the right decision there.
So we're going to get to work on Zach's ride here. We're going to basically install the intake, of course. Get the Bama team in here to do a tune for his ride, of course. Run the rollers. See what we're making. So you ready to get to work?
Zach: Yeah, sounds good.
Justin: Well guys, I think Zach would agree with me that there is absolutely no easier mod to install on these Coyote GTs then a cold air intaker, or pretty much any Mustang for that matter. Right, Zach?
Zach: Yeah, it went on in a few minutes and it looks great. I'm just curious to see what it puts down now.
Justin: Absolutely. Well, that is the big question of course. But as far as install goes, thanks to the CNL of course, it fits great, looks great. And the one thing I like to point out is that this little overhang here on the heat shield is really nice, especially with these 13 and 14 GTs with the hood vents. Sometimes water can have the tendency to leak onto the filter, but with the CNL here, that is not going to be the case. It won't create any misfires or anything like that.
So let's get to the power numbers. We're going to get somebody in here from the Bama team to write a new V2 tune for this thing, see what kind of power numbers we can expect from this combo.
All right guys, this is why these first couple mods are so popular. Let's break down these numbers real quick, Zach. 369, 372 bone stock, or baseline run I should say, with your given mods, about what you can expect with a six-speed Coyote. But now with the V2 tune, the CNL cold air intake, the car's making 401, 398 that's a peak gain of 32 horsepower over those baseline numbers and gains as much as 26 horsepower, 28 pound-feet of torque under the curve. You've gotta be stoked.
Zach: Yeah, I'm super happy with what the car put down. I didn't expect it to break 400, but it did. And now I'm just curious to see how it drives.
Justin: All right, well that's one thing you cannot measure on a Dino of course, so we're going to get the car off the Dino, hit the streets to see if Zach's impressed with his drivability.
All right guys, so we're out in Zach's 2013 California special with the CNL installed, with the Bama V2 tune, and so far your impressions drivability, just kind of pulling out of the parking lot, are what?
Zach: You know, it's super smooth, super easy, it just rolls into each gear, and there's no surging. There's no bucking. It's just very smooth.
Justin: Very nice. Now of course guys, we've said this before in some of these videos, and it's the curse of living in the northeast. Not the best weather to be out blasting full throttle around, traction-wise the roads are wet. It's cold out, but that's not going to stop us from testing some of this drivability.
All righty, sir. Well, give the people what they want. Let's have a gear or two.
Zach: All right.
That's wild. Oh my God.
Justin: Well she is pulling strong. I felt like every bit of 401 horsepower. I'll tell you that much.
Zach: Oh, yeah.
Justin: Well you have to be happy with the results. Obviously the power numbers are nice. But just cruising around in traffic, you couldn't be happier, right?
Zach: Yeah, absolutely. It's the best of both worlds. I feel all the performance and everything that you'd expect to kind of have from a Mustang. But yet at the same time, as soon as I just go to normal drive and it's just better than stock, in my opinion. I can't think of any other way to make that kind of power that quick and that easy.
Justin: Well there you have it, guys. So Zach's stoked on his ride. About an hour's worth of time, an intake, a tune, and bang for the buck. You really can't beat it. So be sure to check out a CNL cold air along with a custom Bama V2 tune for your ride right here at americanmuscle.com.