With Ford Racing’s upcoming release of the Cobra Jet intake, Mike and the Bama team got a chance to test out a new prototype on our 2013 GT. Here’s some photos of the install and testing, as well as a little of what you can expect when these new intakes hit the streets.
For those of you who caught the video we posted of the twin-turbo 2013 Cobra Jet Concept Mustang may have been wondering when the Cobra Jet intake for the 5.0 Coyote motors would be hitting shelves. Well, the wait is almost over!
The first thing that needs to be aired regarding this intake is that it absolutely does look sick under the hood of the new GT and there’s just little room to argue with that (keeping in mind the prototype will be slightly different than the production model). Upon first glance I did question how snug this thing was going to be but, as it turns out, the Cobra Jet intake manifold provided a little more room between the fire blanket and top of the intake than its counterpart, the BOSS 302 intake.
Mike and the Bama Performance team were still tuning when I left them but it was clear from the beginning – the Cobra Jet makes more top-end power than that of the BOSS 302 intake and only gives up a little more in terms of low-end torque compared to the Boss unit. That said, those with more complementary mods will minimize the loss in torque and be able to better utilize the increased RPM range of the Cobra Jet.
One other noteworthy observation that is made clear by the photos is how much larger the throttle body is on this intake over stock. Yes, you will have to change out the stock throttle body and have oval intake tubing that will clamp up, but what’s the point of a bigger intake manifold if you’re going to be pulling air through restrictive tubing, anyway?
BOSS 302 or Cobra Jet Intake?
Since pricing comes in higher for the Cobra Jet than the BOSS intake, those looking for maximum airflow and performance later in the power band( 7750 rpm is peak performance for the Cobra Jet) will want to consider the Cobra Jet intake over that of the Boss. More mild builds and those who do not plan on changing up the rest of their intake may want to stick with the Boss as their go-to manifold. Either way, it’s nice to see how quickly the Mustang aftermarket is pushing out performance products for the new 5.0 powerplant.
As for a release date, the Boss intake is available now but you’re going to have to wait a couple more weeks before the Cobra Jet intake hits the shelves.
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