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Red Top Performance Battery (79-10 All)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Premium Starting Power
    • Spiral-Cell Construction
    • Vibration Resistance
    • Dual Terminal
    • Maintenance Free
    • Fits 1979-2010 Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Hey, I'm Alex from, and this is my quick review and breakdown of the Optima Red Top performance battery, fitting your 1979 through 2010 Mustang. So, in this video, I'm going to give a quick overview on who this might appeal to, what you should expect to be spending, and then we'll take a very quick look at the installation, where we're gonna be looking at a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and less than 15 minutes to get this into your car.So the Optima Red Top performance battery that I have here today should definitely appeal to a couple of different kinds of Mustang owners out there. First and foremost, it's gonna be the guys out there running upwards of a 30-year old or less car that needs to get into another battery, but doesn't want to shell out an arm and a leg, like you might find at your local parts store. Now, the other Mustang owner out there that I think this would appeal to would be the guys that are fortunate enough to use their Mustang as a weekend warrior, that aren't being daily-driven, that's typically finding that they're gonna be spending most of their time in a garage attached to a battery tender.So, in terms of the construction and materials here, guys, what you see on the table is exactly what you're gonna be getting, and internally, this is going to feature Optima's patented spiral cell construction, which is gonna make this charge that much faster than what you might find out there elsewhere. Now, again, this is gonna be great for the Mustangs that are living in the garage most of, if not all times throughout the year, that are going to be attached to a battery tender as, again, this will recharge faster and give you a much more strong and consistent burst when it comes time to fire it up. So, additionally, Optima's batteries have been known to provide two times more the power getting your Mustang up and running, as well as being vibration and spill resistant, so you can rest easy knowing that you're not gonna run into any issues with this kit down the road.So, in terms of the pricing here, guys, you should expect to be spending about $180 for this kit, which, while it might seem a little bit on the steeper side, if you take a look around, especially at your local parts store or even your dealer, you're gonna see that they're gonna run a little bit higher. But, at the end of the day, you're gonna be getting away with a kit that's gonna look a little bit different than your standard battery, and again, something that I think is gonna be great for a stock replacement battery, as well as being for owners that are gonna have their Mustangs indoors for most of the year.All right, guys, so switching gears to the installation portion of the video, just like I had said up top, you're looking at a no-brainer, very simple one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, less than 15 minutes to get this into your car. There's absolutely nothing to this. You're taking your terminals off, pulling your factory or OE-equipped battery, swapping it into place, putting them back on, and you're good to go. It doesn't get any easier than that.So just to wrap things up here, some final thoughts. If you're the Mustang owner that's working with a car that's getting up there in age and it's getting time to swap your battery out, or if your car is just a weekend warrior and it's spent more time indoors and outdoors just sitting, this might be a great alternative, as opposed to running down to your dealer or auto parts store and picking up a battery off the shelf.So that's my quick review and breakdown of the Optima Red Top performance battery, fitting your 1979 through 2010 Mustang, available right here at

    Premium Starting Power. The Optima RedTop high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate high-CCA (cold cranking amp) starting battery designed to deliver the strongest 5-second ignition power for a reliable start-up every time.

    Superior Construction. Optima uses a patented SpiralCell construction that has faster recharging capabilities, more than fifteen times the vibration resistance, and twice the life of a standard automotive battery.

    Versatile Design. Optima designed the Red Top battery to be maintenance free and completely spill-proof with dual terminals so that it can be mounted in any position necessary, great for custom applications.

    Technical Note. Battery may be slightly larger than stock tray.

    Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Battery
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    • 12 Volt
    • Cold Crank Amps 800
    • Crank Amps 1000
    • Reserve Capacity 100
    • Ampere Hour 50
    • Dual Terminal
    • Length: 10" Width: 6-7/8" Height: 7-13/16"
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • Bullitt - 01, 08, 09
    • Cobra - 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04
    • Cobra R - 93, 95, 00
    • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
    • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10
    • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
    • Mach 1 - 03, 04
    • Other - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86
    • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

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        5 Top Rated Questions

        what would someone be looking for if they want this battery or the other? as you can see im not sure what these terms mean in the performance description of ether battery so i basically need a complete breakdown of both for ex. the red top is better at ... the yellow top is better at ...

        • The red top is for cars, trucks, SUVs, and hot rods in general and provides a 5 second burst of power for reliable start up. The yellow top is for cars running a lot of serious electronics (stereo) and higher amp alternators. Both are designed to be mounted in almost any postion, unlike traditional batteries that need to be mounted top facing up. The average car only needs the red top.

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        How many CCA's.

        • This Optima Red Top Performance Battery produces 800 cold cranking amps.

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        Does this battery add any horsepower?

        • No. No battery will add hp to a gas or diesel powered vehicle.

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        would this battery fit 03 roush stage 2? whats better the optima red or the yellow one?

        • Unfortunately, the Optima website does not indicate that they produce a battery specifically for the Mustang. That being said, I seriously doubt they would advertise it unless they were sure. It will fit your Roush Mustang. Yellow top is designed for cars running a high electrical load, such as serious stereo equipment. They red top is for the average street rod, SUV, trucks, and high compression motors by providing a strong initial burst to get things rolling. Unless you added a lot of electronics, the red top is good for your car.

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        • The Optima Red Top Performance Battery is not the exact same battery size group as the OEM battery, which means it will not show up in most parts stores simplified parts searches, despite this being able to fit.

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        10 More Questions
        Does the Optima Red Top Battery fit under the hood of a 2004 Ford Mustang V6? I went to Pep Boys and they told me that the Optima Red Top Battery doesn't fit in the V6 Mustang 3.8 L due to interference with the hood top. 1 answer
        What is the weight of the battery? What is the weight of the battery? I am thinking of a battery relocation kit, but I am not sure it's worth the hassle. 1 answer
        Will this fit in a 96 Mustang GT without issue? 1 answer
        Would this fit a 2011 GT in conjunction with the Savior Pro case? 1 answer
        I have a 94 GT Convertible. I only see one review for 94/95 and it says it doesn't fit and the battery cables won't reach the terminals. Anyone else out there have an opinion? 1 answer
        Does the Optima Red Top Battery fit under the hood of a 1998 Ford Mustang V6? 1 answer
        Will this battery fit in the stock battery tray of an 85 Mustang? 1 answer
        Will the fit in a stock 2014 V6 Mustang? It shows up under 2010-2014 Mustangs, but it's listed as 79-2010 and the compatibility checker says it wont fit a 2014 Mustang. I also see that the display cases are listed 79-2018. There seem to be conflicting comments among the other questions for years above 2010. Thanks in advance to anyone that has a solid answer. 1 answer
        The description shows that this battery fits 79-10 Mustangs, does it also fit a 2013 GT without any modification? Or is this not recommended for a coyote engine battery, less cranking amps than the factory one? 1 answer
        Will I be damaging this battery if I recharge it with a battery charger with a charge rate up to 25 amps. I have to do this every four or five weeks do to some electrical problem that has not been detected and gets the battery totally discharged overnight. Thanks and best regards JL García 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.5

          out of 5 stars

          • 1/5

            November 12, 2019

            Waste money bad batteries

            Waste of time and waste of your money as you guys can see i recently purchased this on August Tuesday on the 27th 2019 which is not too long from now it is currently winter now and my battery won't keep is charged up I am way much more better off with my old battery that will actually start my car up in the winter and will keep its charge this one however it lack of starting up I got to give it three to two tries to start up which is sad compared to my old battery which actually starts my car I feel like the next time I go to work it won't actually start up!! the sad part is you won't even get a refund due to price being too high


            Year: 2010 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            August 21, 2019


            Good product. No issues. Fit right in place. Started right up. Good to go.


            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 1/5

            April 30, 2019

            DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!

            1. Don’t fit right 2. Didn’t keep a charge 3. Swelled up, cracked and leaked 4. Warranty won’t cover for defect of battery I rather purchase a battery from Walmart that i know will last me and won’t have any problems with.....OPTIMA IS TRASH! I waste of $250 for a battery i can’t even use


            Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 1/5

            April 21, 2019

            2nd Optima Red Top battery dead in a year

            This is now the 2nd Optima Red Top battery I have purchased that after only about a year no longer takes or holds a full charge. For $243 I should not have to replace my batter every year. I always thought Optima batteries were the best out there but I have been nothing but disappointed and frustrated with this over-priced battery. I would not recommend anyone buy this product.


            Year: 1994 Submodel: GT

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          • 1/5

            April 12, 2019

            No good

            Had a red top and yellow top and after one year both batteries will not hold a charge. Would highly advise to stay away from these batteries.


            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            April 06, 2019


            Very, very good battery. Dropped it in and she started right up.


            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            April 06, 2019

            Great !!

            Battery fits my 90 hatchback perfectly with no clearance issues. Bought a new battery tray with it and and i am very happy with it.


            Year: 1990 Submodel: LX

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          • 5/5

            February 14, 2019

            Red Top

            This is the second Optima Red Top I've owned and nothing really compares to the cranking amps and power it provides. Definitely worth every penny!


            Year: 1991 Submodel: LX

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          • 5/5

            January 04, 2019

            Great battery

            It's my second Optima battery and first time buying at AM. Great product and great service from AM.


            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            December 29, 2018

            The best battery ever

            Battery fits perfect , unlike all the stories i heard about not fitting properly tray issues and what not. The adapters it comes with work great ! Fired up instantly.


            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 1/5

            October 22, 2018

            Battery doesn't fit

            The battery doesn't fit my 2010 GT Mustang at all.


            Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            October 08, 2018

            Great Battery and quick delivery

            This was ordered and delivered within 3 days, easy installation and great performance.


            Year: 1990 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            September 02, 2018


            Working Great! Able to hold up to lots of electrical modifications including a big sound system. Holds power even after sitting for a long time.


            Year: 1992 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            July 27, 2018

            Very strong and good battery

            Its really good I love it. It fits my 97 gt just fine and if you are needing a battery that has a ton of cranking power this is it


            Year: 1997 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            July 12, 2018

            '87 Fox body Mustang

            This battery is amazing. I was fed up with buying average batteries from the local parts store. 4 in the last 10 years. One note on the fox body mustang... The blue clips that come with the battery work well, but the battery is still loose. Just turn the black plastic bolt down holder around 180 degrees and it will grab the blue clips. Works great and it's tight! Awesome! Worth every penny!


            Year: 1987 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            July 05, 2018

            Nicest battery i’ve owned.

            i got this because i have a stereo in my car and this battery has. or failed me. i’ve had it a couple years now and it’s still going strong!


            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500

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          • 5/5

            June 28, 2018

            Performance battery

            Loving this new battery I purchased for my stang I will definitely recommend this battery


            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            June 23, 2018

            Perfect replacement battery

            Holds a charge for a long time and best of all - fits perfectly in a very limited space.


            Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            May 16, 2018

            The only way to go

            After several regular lead acid batteries, the optima battery is the only way to go for my 05 Mustang GT. I don’t drive it much, but now it always starts with power to spare. The others were just junk compared to this beast! Always remember, “You get what you pay for”!


            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            May 16, 2018

            Battery power

            Great battery I love it have not had any problems.Very good starting power.Just what I wanted.Wild Bill


            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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