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Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads - Front Pair (05-14 Standard GT, V6)

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    Review & Installation 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.

    Product Information

    Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


    • Street/Strip Use
    • Great Braking
    • Ferro-Carbon Compound
    • Quiet Activation
    • Sold as a Pair for Front
    • Not Compatible with Brembo Calipers
    • Fits 2005-2014 Mustang V6, GT & Bullitt Mustangs


    Superior Stopping Power. Whether you're replacing worn-out stock pads or looking for an inexpensive way to improve your S197'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 Brake Pads are specifically designed to be used on the front of the 2005 to 2014 V6, GT and Bullitt Mustangs. Does not fit GT Brembo, Shelby GT500 or BOSS Mustangs. Set includes driver-side and passenger-side brake pads.

    Brake Comparison



    HP Plus
    Best Use:Street/StripBest Use:Daily DriverBest Use:Autocross/Track
    Stopping Power:GreatStopping Power:GoodStopping Power:Excellent
    Noise:QuietNoise:Very QuietNoise:Increased Noise
    Dust:Low DustDust:Ultra Low DustDust:Increased Dust

    Fitment: Details

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


    Customer Reviews (48)

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    Ratings Summary

    4.3 out of 5 overall rating from 48 customers

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    • March 01, 2019

      5 2010 GT - Rich Installation Time: Afternoon

      Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads

      I have used Hawk Brake products on all three Mustangs I have owned. (2006 Pony, 2000 GT, 2010 GT). Never had an issue with any of them.

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    • December 24, 2018

      5 2005 GT - TonyK

      Be improvement

      Love the hawk street performance brake pads. Car rides smoother since the install. No brake noises and can stop with more confidence. The hardest part of the installation was pushing the piston back in. Even with using the piston tool had to muscle it back in. First time the brakes have ever been changed with 125,000 miles. I knew that could be an issue having that many miles. Other than that everything fit nice. Car has more stopping power with the hawk pads and actually rides smoother.

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    • September 07, 2018

      5 2014 GT - BradP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Work Great!

      These were a marked improvement over the stock pads. Really nice on the stock calipers. They do squeak occasionally, but it is nothing bad or annoying.

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    • May 10, 2018

      1 2010 GT - ChristopherM Installation Time: Afternoon

      Squeals so bad its embarassing

      These brake pads worked pretty well for the first 9 months, I didn't really have any complaints. They worked much better than stock pads. After that unfortunately short blissful period of time, my brakes began to emit a horrendously intense screeching sound that would break necks for parsecs. It became truly embarrassing to drive with these pads. I thought to myself, "I spent a ton of money on these pads, I should give them another chance". Nope. After several more months of trying to work on them and driving they continuously make horrible squealing noises no matter what. Also, the brake dust output of these wailing banshees is HORRIBLE. Order these pads if you like wiping down your wheels every couple of days. I am now ordering ceramic pads from AM and spending more $$ so I can drive squeal-free and dust-free like a civilized automobilist. AM is great, but Hawk really messed up this time with their product.

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    • March 28, 2018

      5 2014 V6 - Alvarez Installation Time: Afternoon

      Performance Brake

      the braking of my car improved 100 feels more stable when braking, the improvement is noticed instantly

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    • June 07, 2017

      3 - Stuntman

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    • February 15, 2017

      5 2014 V6 - AK

      Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads

      I was slacking on getting new brakes for my car. While I was pretty happy with the stock brakes, they were getting worn. I figured I'd give Hawk a try and I am more than pleased. The car stops like it is brand new, and I couldn't be happier. I definitely recommend these pads. Perfect fit, not much dust, and excellent stopping power.

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    • January 20, 2017

      5 2014 GT - cwarren522 Installation Time: Afternoon

      Great pads

      The hawk HPS pads are great cold are hot no noise. They grad great! Will get the same pads next time I do my brakes. I matched them with stoptech slotted and cross drilled rotors.

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    • July 11, 2016

      5 2016 Cobra - tst

      Excelent for stoping the car

      without them i wasn't able to stop my car. Life saver.

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    • May 03, 2016

      1 2006 V6 - terryfoshizzle Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Loudest brakes I've ever used

      I got these to add some bite to my modified 05 mustang v6 manual. They squeel louder and more often than any pad I've ever used before. They have less initial bite especially when cold but stopp much better overall than my oem and wagner used before however it is not worth the nightmarish squeeling every time I stop. People look at me like I need to change my brakes but they are only 3 month old. Loudest 3 months. I was hoping they would wear in and stop. I put new oem rotors on and cleaned before install. Followed break in procedure to the t. Do not buy if you plan to use on a daily.

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    Questions & Answers (1 answers)

    1 Top Rated Question

    Will these fit the 2011+ GT's with the Brembo brake option?

    • No, you need to buy the pads specific for the brembo cars, you can find them here:

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    Installation & What's in the Box

    Installation Info

    What's in the Box

    • (2) Pairs of Brake Pads

    Tech Specs

    Will It Fit My Mustang

    • Bullitt - 08, 09
    • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    • V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

    Does not fit Shelby GT500 or BOSS Mustangs

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