The 3.8L 1994-04 Mustang V6 was an economical solution to those who liked the looks of the SN95 Mustang but couldn’t afford the more expensive GT & Cobra models. For many teenagers out there these Stangs were often their car. They provide a solid foundation with sporty looks and in the case of the 99-04 New Edge design, decent performance. Sorry, 94-98 owners but I have owned both a 94-98 and 99-04 V6 Mustang during my lifetime and the 94-98 models are just sub-par in factory performance.
Just because these models do not feature a V8 doesn’t mean they can’t perform well. Many of the same suspension and exterior components can be switched out with GT or Cobra parts to easily dress up the exterior and improve performance. Being that I have owned two of these V6 Mustangs, I wanted to share some of the experiences I have had modding these Pony cars. You can make them extremely fun to drive and the best of all many of the performance, handling and exterior mods won’t break the bank.
Before we look at performance modifications, let’s look at some of the specs and horsepower found in the 94-04 V6 Mustangs.
With the New Edge Mustang redesign in 1999, the 3.8L V6 underwent some changes that gave it a good boost in horsepower. The engine kept its OHV design; however the intake system got a major redesign with a larger throttle body, split port design intake manifold and better flowing cylinder heads. This added an extra 40 horsepower over the previous year model.
Below you will find modifications broken up into multiple sections for easy selection. These include air/fuel, exhaust, engine, driveline and suspension modifications. Each section includes a more in-depth look at ways to improve your V6 Mustang!