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K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake (11-14 GT)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Estimated Horsepower Gain of 25 HP
  • Estimated Torque Gain of 26 TQ
  • Series - Blackhawk Induction Kit
  • Free-Flowing Aluminum Intake Tube
  • Black Powder Coated Finish
  • Light Weight Plastic Heat Shield
  • Dry Synthetic Air Filter Removes Harmful Contaminants
  • Filter is Washable and Reusable
  • NO Computer Tune Required
  • Simple Bolt-On Installation
  • Fits All 2011-2014 GT Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com. This is my breakdown and dyno test of the K&N Blackhawk cold air intake system available for your 2011 through 2014 Mustang GT. K&N is without a doubt one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the automotive after-market world and for good reason. They pretty much invented the cotton air filter back in the '60s, and to the benefit of hot rodders everywhere have been innovating the market ever since. The Blackhawk is one of many different offerings from K&N for your Coyote powered GT and is going to come in right in the middle of the price range as far as after-market intakes are concerned. If you haven't been able to tell by now, the Blackhawk gets its name thanks to its very stealthy all-black construction that a lot of us Mustang owners find appealing. When I say black, I mean it. Everything on this intake has been completely blacked out, even down to the hose clamps themselves. Taking a closer look at some of the components of the Blackhawk here, you'll notice this powder-coated black aluminum tube, of course with the K&N logo showing through; the black dry filter, which is washable and reusable so it's going to save you some money in the long run; the plastic heat shield here; and of course all the couplers and hardware necessary to complete the kit. The K&N is a no-tune-required intake thanks to the size of that mass air flow housing. Therefore, you do have the luxury of running this intake either with or without a custom tune and still picking up some power. Ultimately, that's what running a cold air is all about. Sure, it's going to look good under the hood, but we want to see just how much power you can expect out of this intake. First, let's talk about getting it installed. Tackling a cold air install on your Mustang is definitely Wrenching 101 and can be easily accomplished in the driveway using some basic hand tools in an hour or less. Guys, don't forget, in addition to the manufacturer's install instructions included with the intake, you can also find detailed install instructions on the product page at americanmuscle.com. As always, at the end of the day if you have any more questions, feel free to give us a call. We already grabbed our baseline run using our automatic 2011 GT behind me. Now with the intake installed, it's time to get down to business. Even though I told you guys this is a no-tune-required intake, we also went ahead and uploaded our tune here to really maximize the potential of the K&N. The tune's going to optimize both our cam and spark timing, make adjustments to our drive by wire calibrations, giving you better driveability in the process, and ultimately squeeze every ounce of power out of our setup by really nailing those air-fuel ratios. With everything in place, let's make another hit here on the Dynojet and see how the K&N performs. Our baseline run using our automatic 2011 GT gave us 358 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. With the K&N, the car's now making 375 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque, which makes for a peak gain of 17 horsepower over those baseline numbers and gains of as much as 25 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque throughout the curve. To wrap things up here, the Blackhawk intake from K&N is a great option for you Coyote owners out there who are a big fan of the all-black styling and, as we just witnessed, will provide some pretty solid gains. Be sure to check out the full lineup of K&N intakes for your Mustang here at americanmuscle.com.

Improves Horsepower And Torque. The K&N Blackhawk Induction Cold Air Intake completely replaces your Coyote powered GT Mustangs restrictive stock air box and paper filter element with a high flow K&N filter assembly and a free-flowing aluminum intake tube for a noticeable increase in horsepower and acceleration all while still providing excellent filtration. Power gains of 25 horsepower and 26 ft/lb torque have been seen at the rear wheels.

No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the 5.0L V8 Mustangs this K&N Blackhawk Induction CAI does not require a computer re-tune. The engineers at K&N really did their homework to improve your pony's power using the stock tune.

Superior Filtration. The supplied K&N Filter provides superior air filtration and successfully filters out harmful contaminants with its dry-flow non-woven synthetic material. The dry-flow media is combined with epoxy-coated aluminum mesh on both sides for extreme durability. The filter does not require any oil and is ready to be installed right out of the box.

Washable, Reusable Filter. K&N design their high flow air filters to be reusable. That means there is no need to buy a new filter every few thousand miles. You can just wash the filter with K&N Synthetic Air Filter Cleaner (sold separately) and then simply rinse with water. Let it dry and you're back in business.

Straight Forward Installation. The K&N Blackhawk Induction Cold Air Intake Kit is designed to install easily with just basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required for proper installation. All necessary parts and instructions are included.

Application. This K&N Blackhawk Induction Cold Air Intake kit is specially designed to fit the 2011 to 2014 GT Mustang's equipped with the Coyote 5.0L DOHC V8 engine. No computer retuning required.

Technical Note. This K&N Cold Air Intake is not legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards.

Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (4) Hose Clamp #56, Black Zinc
  • (1) Hose; 3-1/2" ID X 2"L Reinforced
  • (1) Intake Tube
  • (2) Bolt; M4-0.07 8MM, A/H Cap, SS
  • (1) Plug; 1/4 NPT, Plastic, Black
  • (1) Vent; STRT; 1/4"NPT To Quick
  • (1) Hose; 3-1/2"ID X 2-1/2"L Hump
  • (1) Caplug; 15/16" ID, 3/4"L, BLK
  • (3) Bolt; M6 X 1.00 X 12MM, SS
  • (5) Washer; M6 Split Lock Zinc
  • (5) Washer; 6MM Flat, SS
  • (1) Air Scoop
  • (2) Bolt; M6 X 1.00" 12MM SS
  • (1) Edge Trim (57")
  • (1) Heat Shield
  • (1) Stud; Rubber Mount, M6 X 1, 1"T
  • (1) Adapter; Universal, 6" Filter 3.5"
  • (1) Hose Clamp #104, Black Zinc
  • (1) Air Filter
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: Aluminum Finish: Black Powder Coat Finish
Manufacturer: K&N Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14

Not Compatible with the Boss 302 Intake Manifold.

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Easy to install and it looks great as well. I love the sound of the intake sucking in all that air!!

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5/5
Awesome Cold Air Intake

Great addition to your Mustang. Easy install for anyone who can use the tools. All parts well made and fit perfectly in my car. No issues with install. Engine now sounds fantastic, and I notice a difference ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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How big is the MAF housing?

JesseB

  • The MAF housing directly correlates to the stock size of 1-3/4" x 1-5/8" x 1-1/4" for easy fitment.

    AMBill

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Hello, I'm trying to install the Boss 302 IM with the Blackhawk cold air intake, do I need to purchase the Boss intake manifold install kit?

AnthonyH

  • You will not need to purchase the Boss intake manifold install kit to use this cold air intake with the Boss 302 intake manifold.

    KevinD92

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Does this intake work with an automatic transmission ?

KyleD

  • Thank you for your question about the K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake (11-14 GT). This intake is not limited to either the automatic or manual transmission, meaning you can use it with both. So the short answer is yes, this intake will work with an automatic transmission.

    AMRich

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I had a 2007 California Special 4.6 and added a K N no tune required but every few months Service engine light would come on for Oxygen reading - I now have a 2012 California Special 5.0and this says no tune required but I wonder will I have same problem and then need to add a tune?

GaryJ

  • The K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake does not require a tune when solely installed. But when combined with other aftermarket parts it may require a tune.

    Pat K

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Does this CAI work well with the Boss 302 Intake Manifold?

AnthonyH

  • This cold air intake will work with the Boss 302 intake manifold. Depending on the tune that you use, this will further increase your top end horsepower and your throttle response.

    KevinD92

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Thanks for the above answer. New question, can I get the red filter instead of the black one? Trying to give the engine compartment a little color. Thanks, Dave

Dyoungs

  • Unfortunately this intake will only come with the black filter however you can purchase a red replacement filter to achieve that look you want!

    KevinD92

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Overall Rating 4.8

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Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

  • Performance Gain 4.428571 4.4
  • Fit 4.938776 4.9



  • 5/5

    October 04, 2016

    K N Blackhawk Intake

    Easy to install and it looks great as well. I love the sound of the intake sucking in all that air!!

    Metman1490

    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 11, 2016

    Awesome Cold Air Intake

    Great addition to your Mustang. Easy install for anyone who can use the tools. All parts well made and fit perfectly in my car. No issues with install. Engine now sounds fantastic, and I notice a difference in the throttle response. Above all else, it looks awesome.

    sydland

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    August 01, 2016

    Great addition to my GT!

    This cold air intake was exactly what my GT needed! I could instantly feel the difference in performance. I didn't want to tune my car so when I found this KandN Blackhawk intake I bought it. I was a little leary about doing it myself because I didn't want to mess anything up, but knowing I could call AM with questions I decided to tackle this alone. (people are almost shocked when I tell them I did it myself because I'm a middle age woman, whatever lol) the instructions were right on and left no questions or concerns and took me less than an hr. I've already seen a big improvement on gas mileage too! Highly recommend this intake and it looks awesome!

    melstang14

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    July 22, 2016

    Noticeable at mid range rpm

    I notice more pickup through 2,000 rpm and up with this intake installed. Pretty stock mustang just an axle back and this. No tune. It's noticeable and you can tell more throughout the higher rpm range. Plus it looks pretty killer under the hood.

    LB

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    July 10, 2016

    looks great

    This was a very easy install. (little note the directions don't tell you what size bolts to use in the step by step directions just look at the diagram page and use the key chart for correct bolts) notice a small amount of power around 4000 rpm without dyno.

    GRUBES

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 02, 2016

    K N intake

    Install was very simple and straight forward with the included instructions. I found that taking the strut tower brace and engine cover off is not necessary like the instructions say. Throttle response is noticeably better. I paired this intake with a set of longtubes and midpipe, now awaiting a tune to see the gains.

    StelthCyoT

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 01, 2016

    A Great CAI

    I have had my CAI on the car for 2 weeks. It really makes a difference with throttle response. I am running heartthrob axle backs as well and this car just moves. Install was fast and easy. The Black Hawk CAI looks great in the engine bay of my 2012 GT Black on Black.

    CyStang

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 26, 2016

    New CAI

    Just received and installed a KandN Blackhawk CAI for my 2012 GT black California Special. Installation was a breeze and the instructions were easy to follow. Total install time was about 20-30 min. Intake looks great and I can feel a subtle difference in performance; nothing major, but fun nonetheless. I'd recommend this product.

    Par3Ace

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 09, 2016

    '14 GT Black Hawk CAI

    Looks Great, got rid of some weight in the car, paired with Flowmaster Outlaw axlebacks I now get 22-23mpg instead of 17-18mpg before. You better believe I drive harder and faster now to (racecar, racecar, racecar............) The all black looks great for my blacked out concept on the car also! The install took about 40 mins because I grabbed all my tools prior to and also took my time. Directions on AM website were awesome and made it very simple

    HotRod

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 16, 2016

    Won't be disappointed

    I was looking for a CAI and decided to go with KandN, they're one of the best in the business and figured I couldn't go wrong plus they guarantee an increase in horsepower. I got it installed in less than an hour installation was straightforward and very easy. The first start up after I got it installed you could tell a complete difference in the way the car ran, it ran smoother, cooler, and my air Inlet temperature runs between 45 to 75 degrees and it used to run between 75 to 90 consistently! There's definitely an increase in throttle response I barely have to hit the gas and it just goes, and you can hear a whistle from the air that's being drawn in which is pretty cool it let's me know it's working/breathing better! I did see a slight MPG increase of about 2-3 miles (depends on driving habits) over all iam very impressed and would recommend the KandN Blackhawk CIA to anyone who owns a mustang

    Skallywags90

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 06, 2016

    Blackhawk CAI

    After looking at all the reviews of the Blackhawk I decided to purchase it for my 2013 black gt 5.0. I have to say that I am very pleased with the purchase and looks great under the hood since I was going for the black out look.

    cheerolls

    Year: 2013 baltimore Maryland

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 16, 2015

    Black Hawk

    This product shows instant performance all around. Super easy and clear installation. Love the look of the poweder coat. Certainly increased acceleration, but also increased my mpg by 3mpg. I seriously recommend this product without having a single doubt in my mind

    Chewy

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Marathon,Fl

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 29, 2015

    awesome products

    This product ways simple and effective. I really enjoy this kandN filter

    Christina

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Alice, TX

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 09, 2014

    AWESOME

    I love this CAI, it looks awesome and it most certainly added power, my car now breaks loose with the traction control on. !!!

    bobnjamie

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Sarasota, FL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 29, 2014

    Gained 10whp and 12wtq

    Bought my 2014 GT and a week later installed this intake on my car. GTR High Performance did the dyno. Completely bone stock car made 365whp 345wtq and with only the K&N and NO TUNE made 375whp 357wtq. The quality is amazing as always from K&N and it matched my black car perfectly with the black couplers and black hose clamps. I recommend this kit to anyone who doesn't want to pay for a tune right away. This current intake on my car with my other minor bolt ons and tune have netted me 400whp 389wtq which is more than my friend with a similar set up and same tuner but with a JLT.

    stayunique91

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 11, 2017

    K N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake

    Was delivered on time and packaged well so no damage occurred in shipping. Quality product as KandN always is. Fitment was perfect installed in 30 minutes and definitely made a difference in throttle responsive

    WalterD

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 08, 2017

    Must-have mod!!

    I've owned 2 other Mustangs - both 4.6 GTs. I never felt like a CAI was worth spending the money on. Now that I have a 5.0, I was reading of too many benefits, so when I had the chance the KandN Blackhawk was something I knew I wanted. WOW!! First of all, the install was super easy. I took my time (an A LOT of pics) and the install took me no more than an hour and a half total. If you read through the instructions before you start, you could probably do the actual install in 30-60 minutes. Secondly, the sound. I've never been a fan of the artificial sounding piped in intake noise from the sound tube. This intake eliminates that, and when combined with its own new intake noise my pony sounds much meaner. It has a growl now instead of that fake gurgle from the OE setup. Finally, the performance is definitely better. Throttle response feels quicker, and a wide swath of midrange feels much more urgent - like it's just begging to run. I can't speak to MPG yet since I've only driven with this CAI for a couple of days, but based on the difference I can feel I expect to see some MPG gains as well (if I can restrain myself, that is). All of that combined with the fact that this kit has a synthetic filter that does not require oil when cleaned, and does not need its first cleaning for 100,000 miles (under normal operating conditions per the KandN instructions) and this kit is hands down the one to have in my opinion.

    Wa

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 24, 2017

    Pleased.

    Installed perfectly and I have noticed small power gains as expected. Intake sound has increased along with under hood appearance. I went with KandN because of the value, appearance and history.

    Ben

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 02, 2017

    Nice

    Easy installation laser than an hour. Great sound when you hammer the gas. Looks great under the hood. Really happy with the quality.

    JimW

    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 26, 2017

    K N cold air intake

    Love this intake makes my gt mustang sound better and gives me extra horse power

    Mustanglover

    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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