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Optima 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

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
  • Foxbody - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
  • Cobra - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
  • GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
  • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10

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Tight Fit

Would be a five start except it was just a little too big for my 2K stang. It pushes the edges of the battery holder out. I expected perfect fit from Mustang speciality site.

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Great performance, but......

Stellar electrical performance, simply awesome. But the battery is too large for the stock tray. Why AM or any other retailer sells this for a 96 Mustang is beyond me. I was able to overcome the space ...

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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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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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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.


  • I googled it, weight is about 39lbs.


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Would this battery be ideal if I relocate it to the trunk and used 2 gauge wire?


  • The Optima Red Top Performance Battery will work very well in a trunk mounted setup, however we would recommend using at least a 1 gauge wire to ensure proper power handling characteristics due to the increased length of the cable, and therefore, increased resistance.

    Rob D

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Hi I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, i've been to many part stores that sell batteries and i've requested the Optima redtop and yellow top and they say that it is not proper fitment for my 2013 Ford Mustang GT/CS. Are you selling a specific model that fits the 2013 Ford Mustang?


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Overall Rating 4.7

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  • 4/5

    April 26, 2010

    Tight Fit

    Would be a five start except it was just a little too big for my 2K stang. It pushes the edges of the battery holder out. I expected perfect fit from Mustang speciality site.


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  • 4/5

    May 05, 2011

    Great performance, but......

    Stellar electrical performance, simply awesome. But the battery is too large for the stock tray. Why AM or any other retailer sells this for a 96 Mustang is beyond me. I was able to overcome the space limitation by taking a dremel and literally melt a notch into the lip of the tray closest to the fuse panel. It's the pink bit and 9000 RPM seems to be a good speed to cut your way through. Use the V-shaped hold down supplied from Optima and hopefully your stock hold down bolt isn't rusted. There are retailers out there which supply this bolt as well.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: Cobra

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  • 4/5

    October 14, 2010

    Tight Fit

    Great battery, only thing keeping it from 5 stars is it was just a tiny bit too large for the tray.

    Larry Meadows

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  • 5/5

    January 04, 2011

    Love the Battery

    Great battery! yes its alittle larger then the battery tray. But, who cares ! I was able to install it and get it to hold down nice and neat, you woulld never know the battery tray was pushing out alittle on one side.

    daryl s.

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  • 5/5

    May 21, 2010

    Very Beefy Battery

    Great battery, would def. recommend to friends. Very easy to install in my 1996 Mustang GT with the included adapters. Thanks Again American Muscle , you made my life easier once again

    John M

    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    StangBang for your Buck

    Great battery! i just swapped my old motorcraft stock battery for this optima, and theres a big difference in overall power and the way my sound system works. The car starts easily, no dry sputter or choking on start up. And can you say fast shipping?? should change their "standard shipping" to "open your front door as soon as you enter your credit card number." Thanks AmericanMuscle!

    Dave G

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    Red Top to the Rescue

    I relocated my battery to the trunk to make room for a double oil filter setup. My battery was not starting well when it got warm. That's when I chose a Optima Red Top. A sealed battery in the trunk is a good deal, and also with a sealed battery box made it even better. Very easy install. And it looks cool as well. No problems starting now.

    Kurt Johnson

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    Optima Red Top Battery

    the battery is a awesome replacement battery, i went with it cause i upgraded the alternator, went with MSD ignition system, and electric fan, the battery is easy to install and works just like the best should

    Ron Arnholt

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  • 5/5

    October 20, 2009


    No doubt the best battery I ever had in my mustang. Easy starts in the cold and in the heat. Great for stangs with an upgraded sound system.


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  • 4/5

    July 31, 2013

    Great battery

    I ve had 2 Optima redtops in 10 years switched out between at least 8 cars. This battery is a performance monster, only slight issue, yes the battery is a bit large for the battery tray, AM is not to blame, Optima is used in a wide variety of vehicles, this battery is not Mustang specific. Solution is either swap your battery tray for a larger one ie a F150 truck tray, or simply pull your tray out and cut the side of it out for the battery to fit. All in all, this battery has not failed me, I left my lights at work for 8 hours and this baby started right up.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: Cobra Houston, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    October 15, 2010

    Best Battery, Period

    I'm on my 3rd Ford, and 3rd Red Top battery, and have been overly satisfied with each and every one. From the Probe Gt, to the Mustang Cobras, they were a great upgrade from the run-of-the-mill Autozone battery. They fit great inside of Taylor's trunk relocation box as well (old style battery did not! was too big!). For the looks, performance and price, you can't go wrong.

    99Snaker / Kevin

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  • 5/5

    May 01, 2017


    I used the blue adapter in the back and the red one to replace the stock wedge. I had already modified my battery tray for my last battery so this slipped right in. Cranks so much better than my old battery. One less thing to worry about and at AM's price almost as cheap as a regular battery. Since there's no core I sold my old one for $10! Shipping was as fast as ever.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    March 20, 2017

    Awesome Battery

    For CCA this battery is what you want! I am stationed in IL and the battery I used in FL wasn't cutting it here. The Fox starts and runs great now!


    Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    March 10, 2017

    Lots of POWER, Easy Install

    I got this battery after having a terrible battery.. it starts up pretty fast, supports all my LED lighting in the car and give great output on my subs and and two amps. I'd definitely give this battery a 5 out if 5


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    February 25, 2017

    Great starting power

    Battery arrived about 90 and I charged to 100. Had to modify battery tray to fit (narrow and long). Not quite the drop in I expected. Once in place the engine cranked over very well and fired up in seconds.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    June 21, 2014

    Powerful battery

    After letting my Mustang sit for the winter, my battery was completely dead. No charging would bring it back to life. So, I decided to spend the change and get a battery that has a great name, warranty, and looks. I decided to go with the Red Top and upon just taking it out of the box and installing it, I was happy. It fired my Mustang right up, out of the box, and quickly. I also bought the PA performance terminals which make a nice combo. I bought this battery knowing that it wouldn't fit my factory battery tray, which is fine, a little modification never hurt anybody. So, so far, so good. This is my first Optima battery, and I'm hoping it continues to impress.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Clayton, NC

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  • 5/5

    January 29, 2014

    2007 Mustang GT

    This battery installed in 15 minutes. The cranking power is awesome to say the least. Recently in Wisconsin we had a number of days of sub-zero weather. The car sat for 3 days in -20 degree (wind chills to -35 -40) weather. The car started with a single crank. I would recommend this battery to any one for any application. It was a well spent 200 bucks. Delivery was very prompt and there were no issues regarding fit.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT Fond du Lac, WI, USA

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  • 5/5

    November 21, 2012

    Awesome battery

    Get rid of the JUNK Mororcraft battery and get this...if your having probl;ems with the battery dying after 24 of sitting....this will solve it....the OEM batteries are JUNK these should come problems with fit used factory tie down looks small but it doesnt move around


    Year: 2009 Submodel: V6 Broome county, NY, usa

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  • 5/5

    January 28, 2011

    cobra battery install

    I only use Optima batteries in my performance vehicles. This one was installed in my 1965 FFR Cobra. Great product!

    greg hudec

    Year: 1996

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2010

    great. never lets me down

    It is a great battery. Worth every penny. I have an upgraded sound system with a 2000 watt amp. Best battery out there . Nothing could be better about it. Thanks American muscle

    elvis o.

    Year: 2000

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