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Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads - Front Pair (94-98 GT, V6)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Street/Strip Use.
  • Great Braking.
  • Ferro-Carbon Compound.
  • Quiet Activation.
  • Sold as a Pair for Front.
  • Fits 94-98 Mustang V6 and GT.

Review & Installation Video

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.

Superior Stopping Power. Whether you're replacing worn-out stock pads or looking for an inexpensive way to improve your SN-95's stopping power, Hawk HPS pads are an affordable alternative to a complete brake upgrade. The Hawk HPS pads have a 20-40% better braking and higher resistance to fade than other replacement pads on the market for the stopping power you need, when you need it.

Street/Strip Use. Hawk HPS pads are a great balance of streetability and track performance. They're at their best once they're a little warm, but provide good stopping power even cold so you can drive them on your dual use street and strip 'Stang and still enjoy their performance advantages.

Reduced Brake Fade. If you like to take your Pony to the track or strip, you know that brake fade is your enemy. Hawk HPS pads are designed to resist fade more than other pads, ensuring consistent braking even when things get hot.

Less Noise & Dust. Hawk uses a unique Ferro-Carbon formula for increased stopping power, low brake dust, and less noise than dedicated race pads.

Application. This set of Hawk HPS pads is sold as pair for the front only. They are designed to fit 1994 to 1998 Mustang V6 and GT. Does not fit SVT Cobra. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

Brake Comparison



HP Plus
Best Use: Street/Strip Best Use: Daily Driver Best Use: Autocross/Track
Stopping Power: Great Stopping Power: Good Stopping Power: Excellent
Material: Ferro-Carbon Material: Ceramic Material: Ferro-Carbon
Noise: Quiet Noise: Very Quiet Noise: Increased Noise
Dust: Low Dust Dust: Ultra Low Dust Dust: Increased Dust

Fitment: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Details

MPN# HB182F.660

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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

  • Fit 4.888889 4.9
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.555555 4.6
  • Stopping Power 4.444445 4.4

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 04, 2018

    These are stupid good

    These pads are the perfect street/ track pad, they don't need a ton of heat to bite, but they need some. They don't squeak or dust. These things rock. Only downside is I have to relearn my braking zones for autocross!


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (4)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 24, 2017

    Vast improvement over stock

    Recently found myself being the owner of a 94 GT with only 28K miles on it. Original everything (including brake pads). Picked up the Hawk pads and improved the braking instantly. I will say that I am still fighting a soft pedal (with new rotors and a full fluid flush) but this is much improved. The time spent on install takes into account all four corners and a full flush. First time the bolts had been turned in 23 years.


    Year: 1994 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    July 11, 2016

    Great from what I can tell

    I haven't done much driving with these on yet because I'm doing some other work but from the little driving I've done they seem to work great.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    January 11, 2016

    Great Brakes!

    When fully rebuilding my 1998 GT Convertible I started with a solid foundation which included better stopping power. If I can go faster I want to stop faster. These brake pads provided an immediate 30 improvement and now my mechanic stocks them because everyone wants the same results. Easy on my rotors and one of the biggest bangs for the buck regarding improved performance.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Santa Clara, CA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 26, 2015

    Best Pads - Best Price

    Found these pads when looking around for a replacement for my worn-down pads that came with my Power Stop Drilled/Slotted Rotor Pad Kit. Those pads lasted less than a year btw. These pads have performed excellently since I installed them and they are absolutely the best bang for your buck out there. Super easy install, everything fit just fine. Definitely recommend!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Bay Area, CA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 22, 2012

    Hawk HPS Brake Pads for a 1997 Mustang GT

    I bought these pads to replace the stock setup on a summer only driven Mustang GT. I was looking for a solid brake feel and these pads were perfect. I had issues with OEM pads when in emergency braking the pedal felt weak and the car felt like it didnt want to stop (fading). Once these pads were on the pedal was firm and the car was more solid.


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT New York, NY, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 29, 2012

    Getting better

    They were a little slick I put them on. Never really had to do a breakin period on brakes before. I expected better bite right from the start when replacing all both sets (fronts had 40k and rears had 80k), but this was not the case. They do seem to be getting better every day so I'll give them another week before making a final judgement. 97 Mustang GT


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 27, 2012

    Performance for a great price!

    These brake pads have exceeded everything that I expected of them for street use. This is my first set of these HPS pads although I have used the Blue racing pads on other vehicles before. I bought them based on the reputation of the brand and they work really well without any noise or dust and I have not found any hint of fading.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT Kitchener, ON, Canada

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    March 24, 2012

    Great Product!!

    These break pads are definitely an improvement over stock. They help me stop so much faster and smoother. They are a little bit spongy feeling compared to stock replacements, but it just takes some time to get used to. The sponginess decreases significantly while they break in. I would recommend these.


    Year: 1995 Submodel: GT Pittsburgh

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 24, 2012

    Great set of pads

    so it was time for me to do brakes and i decided to go with these. install took about 2 hours for front and rear, but it was worth it! Thanks AM!


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT North Brunswick, NJ

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  • 5/5

    July 19, 2011

    Fantastic brakes

    I've had these for 2 years, and just put new ones on the front. Fantastic linear brake feel, good stopping power, and take heat very well. Only thing I saw was the fronts wore twice as fast as the rears, but I've heard that is normal for sn95's no matter what pad compound.


    Year: 1997 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    October 20, 2009

    Great Product

    Was going to buy the cobra upgrade but just couldnt wait anymore to save so i bought these pads with some new stock rotors and painted the calipers black and what a whole car was shaking so bad (125k on stock brakes) so wow what a diffrence..typical amazing service and shipping from AM nothing but the best from them thanks guys!

    Michael D.

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    July 23, 2008

    brake pads work great

    I installed these with the rear set, increased braking performance noticed right away.

    Paul D.

    Helpful (4)

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