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Best Cold Air Intake For S550 Mustang GT

Created by Jeff Jimenez
Last Updated 4/27/2022

Looking for the best cold air intake for your S550 Mustang? LMR has ranked and reviewed the best CAI for the 2015+ Coyote Mustangs.

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  • Best Cold Air Intake For S550 Mustang GT

The 2015-present S550 is the 6th generation of Mustang, and these potent pony cars have many different engine combinations that make great power. There are still ways to improve horsepower and torque for your Ford Mustang GT! The iconic 5.0L Coyote engine makes excellent power right off the dealership lot. These engines respond well to performance bolt-on modifications such as cold air intakes for those looking to make more power. Replacing the restrictive factory air filter and intake tube allows these high-performance engines to improve airflow and make great power. A cold air intake should always be one of the first performance modifications for your Ford Mustang.

The S550 Mustang had two generations of Coyote engines during its lifespan. The Gen 2 Coyote engine came in the 2015-17 Mustangs, whereas the Gen 3 Coyote engine started being used in the 2018+ Mustangs. You can read more about the differences between these two motors here: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MUSTANG 5.0 COYOTE ENGINE.


2015-2022 Mustang GT Cold Air Intake Guide

Part Name Part Number Fitment
JLT Cold Air Intake JLT-CAIFMG15 2015-2017 Mustang GT
JLT Cold Air Intake JLT-CAIFMG18 2018-2022 Mustang GT
Roush Cold Air Intake RSH-421826 2015-2017 Mustang GT
Roush Cold Air Intake RSH-422086 2018-2022 Mustang GT
Roush Power Pac Level 1 RSH-422070 2015-2017 Mustang GT
Roush Power Pac Level 2 RSH-422114 2018-2020 Mustang GT
FPP Cold Air Intake & Cal Power Pack 2 M9603M8A 2015-2017 Mustang GT
FPP Cold Air Intake & Cal Power Pack 3 M9452M8 2015-2017 Mustang GT
FPP Cold Air Intake Cal M9603M8B 2018-2022 Mustang GT
Steeda ProFlow Closed Cold Air Intake ST-5553220 2015-2022 Mustang GT
PMAS Velocity - Tune Required LRS-NMT131 2015-2017 Mustang GT
PMAS Velocity - No Tune Required LRS-NMT132 2015-2017 Mustang GT
PMAS Velocity - Tune Required LRS-9NMT141 2018-2022 Mustang Gt
PMAS Velocity - No Tune Required LRS-9NMT142 2018-2022 Mustang GT

Tune Vs. No-Tune Required

S550 Mustang cold air intakes (CAI) come in two distinctly different styles: custom-tune required intakes vs. no-tune required versions. Before selecting what brand intake you want, you first need to determine which style intake is “right” for you and your build. Each has its pros and cons, which we will cover below.

The no-tune required intake is just as the name suggests. These styles of intakes do not require you to purchase a handheld tuner and custom tune. For those customers looking to not void a warranty with custom tunes, these CAI are a great option to increase horsepower. The only downside to these intakes is that you do not get the custom tune's added performance and horsepower benefits.

Tune required cold air intakes need a custom tune to operate and drive properly. The custom tune is required because these intakes have a larger mass air meter (MAF) opening for improved airflow. The "pros” for these intakes are that combining the aftermarket intake and custom tune will net you substantially more power than the no-tune required counterpart. Custom tunes can also unlock extra performance benefits such as improved shifting, increased timing with higher octane fuels, and adjustments for different rear-end gears, just to name a few. The main downside to these intakes is that the custom tune will void your warranty.

Best Cold Air Intake Systems For 2015-2022 Ford Mustang GT

1 | JLT Cold Air Intakes

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JLT cold air intakes feature smooth rotational molded plastic intake tubes to maximize airflow. This manufacturing process allows JLT to create smooth bends and large mass air meter openings to optimize your performance further. These intake tubes are paired with S&B high-flow air filters. These intakes are finally topped off with air boxes that keep the engine heat from being pulled in by the intake. Combining these three core parts will also dress up any Mustang engine bay. A lifetime warranty backs all JLT cold air intakes.


2015-2017 Mustang GT JLT Cold Air Intake

PART #: JLT-CAIFMG15

The 2015-17 Mustang JLT cold air intake features a large 110mm intake tube with a textured finish. It features a 4” opening to fit just about any aftermarket throttle body, a large S&B air filter, and a heat shield that retains the factory ram air functionality. NOTE: this cold air intake will require a custom tune. Watch our complete installation and overview video on this intake: INSTALLING A JLT COLD AIR INTAKE ON YOUR 2015-17 MUSTANG GT.


2018-2022 Mustang GT JLT Cold Air Intake

PART #: JLT-CAIFMG18

The 2018-22 Mustang GT JLT cold air intake features a 120mm ID molded MAF with a textured finished tube. This intake also features a large 5” filter inlet that connects to a high-flow S&B air filter. The roto-molded heat shield will keep the hot air in your engine bay out of the intake and allows you to retain the benefits of the factory ram air ducts found in the front grille. NOTE: this cold air intake will require a custom tune. Watch our complete installation and overview video on this intake here: HOW TO INSTALL 2018-22 MUSTANG GT JLT COLD AIR INTAKE


2 | ROUSH Cold Air Intake Kit

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Roush Performance parts have been improving the overall performance of Mustangs since they were founded in 1995 by racing legend Jack Roush. Many of their performance products come directly from their racing program or specialty-built performance Mustangs. Many of these performance parts not only add some serious horsepower but also retain your factory warranty. These Roush cold air intakes are also available in the Roush Performance Pac that add dyno-proven horsepower gains by adding Roush custom tunes. These Power Pacs are legal for use in most states right out of the box.


2015-2017 Mustang GT Roush Cold Air Intake

PART #: RSH-421826

This S550 Mustang cold air intake is two intakes in one. It features an 85mm removable MAF insert that allows this CAI to operate as no tune required intake out of the box. You can remove this insert and open up the intake to 105mm in the MAF opening to maximize your performance. Note that removing this insert will require you to use a custom tune. This intake features a high-flow dry filter that requires little to no maintenance compared to oiled filters. It also features a smooth airbox design that allows factory air ram integration to ensure your engine pulls in cool air from outside the engine bay. Roush claims this intake netted the following gains with the 85mm MAF insert: 10.4 hp and 8.54 ft. lbs torque.


2018-2022 Mustang GT Roush Cold Air Intake

PART #: RSH-422086

The Roush cold air intake for the 2018-22 Mustangs makes it easy to increase performance and improve throttle response without a custom tune. It features a high-flow dry air filter surrounded by a high-flow injected molded airbox that retains the factory ram air integration. Much like the 2015-17 version, this intake does include a MAF insert that can be removed to improve airflow and performance. Note removing this insert will require you to purchase a custom tune. Lastly, this CAI also features a see-through airbox cover that will allow you to check your filter without removing the airbox.

2015-2022 Mustang GT Roush Power Pac Options

PART #: RSH-422070 (2015-2017)
PART #: RSH-422114 (2018-2020)

The Roush cold air intake for the 2018-22 Mustangs makes it easy to increase performance and improve throttle response without a custom tune. It features a high-flow dry air filter surrounded by a high-flow injected molded airbox that retains the factory ram air integration. Much like the 2015-17 version, this intake does include a MAF insert that can be removed to improve airflow and performance. Note removing this insert will require you to purchase a custom tune. Lastly, this CAI also features a see-through airbox cover that will allow you to check your filter without removing the airbox.

Roush testings show that the Roush Stage 1 Performance Pac (15-17 RSH-422070) gained 25 RWHP and 30 lb-ft RWTQ by simply adding this Performance Pac. Roush also did testing on the Roush Performance Pac - Level 2 (18-20 RSH-422114), and they saw increases of over 24 RWHP and 18 lb-ft RWTQ.


3 | Ford Performance Cold Air Intake Kits

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Ford Performance takes all of its winning and race-proven technology to bring you some of the best performance packs on the market. The cold air intakes and throttle bodies featured in these kits are the same ones found on the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs. They also include a Ford Performance Calibrator and a custom tune that maximizes the performance of these parts and keeps your Stang 50 State legal with a CARB E.O. number.


2015-2017 Mustang GT Ford Performance Cold Air Intake & Calibration Power Pack 2

PART #: M9603M8A

The Ford Performance M-9603-M8A Power Pack features a Shelby GT 350 cold air intake, an 87mm throttle body, a throttle body adaptor, and a Ford Performance calibration. We installed this Power Pack on our 2015 Mustang with excellent results. See the video here: FORD PERFORMANCE POWER PACK STAGE 2 DYNO & INSTALLATION. This kit netted 21 hp and 24 lbs/ft torque peak gains. The calibration on this kit helps you gain power and adds features such as a no-lift shift strategy and enhanced throttle response that is instantly noticeable. Lastly, this power pack is also 50-state legal and comes with a CARB E.O. number.


2015-17 Mustang Ford Performance Intake & Calibration Power Pack 3 GT

PART #: M9452M8

We are throwing this one as an honorable mention in the category because this Ford Performance Power Pack 3 includes all of the parts mentioned above for the 2015-17 Mustangs. It also consists of the Shelby GT350 intake manifold to push the performance upward. This kit still retains the 50 State Legal status and CARB E.O. number. We tested this kit on our 2015 Mustang, and we saw even further horsepower and torque gains, especially on the top end. This kit added 37 hp and 5 lbs/ft torque gains overstock. We also saw 60 horsepower gain at 7,500 rpm. Check out the dyno video here: FORD PERFORMANCE POWER PACK STAGE 3 DYNO AND INSTALLATION

2018-2022 Mustang GT Ford Performance Cold Air Intake Calibration w/ Cold Air Intake & Throttle Body

PART #: M9603M8B

Much like the previously mentioned Power Pack, the Ford Performance M-9603-M8B calibration and intake kit includes the Shelby GT350 cold air intake, 87mm throttle with adapter, and Ford ProCal calibration tool. This kit is also 50 State legal, features a CARB E.O number, and, most importantly, will allow you to retain your 3yr/36,000-mile warranty if installed by your local Ford dealer. Along with the performance gains, the ProCal 4 calibration will unlock improved throttle response, optimize performance shift schedules and allow for gear ratio changes. Ford Performance’s testing netted +42 lb/ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, +19 hp at 6,500 rpm, and +18 lb/ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.


4 | Steeda Cold Air Intake Kits

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Steeda has been engineering race-proven Mustang performance parts since the company was founded by Dario Orlando back in 1988. They have done their homework for their Mustang GT cold air intakes. They engineered and developed cold air induction systems that improve airflow and maximize performance on the 5.0L Coyote motors based on their years of experience. Many of the components in these kits are designed and manufactured in the USA.


2015-2022 Mustang GT Steeda ProFlow Closed Cold Air Intake

PART #: ST-5553220

The Steeda Proflow closed cold air intake (MPN# 555-3220) for the S550 Mustangs features the largest mass air meter currently available on the market (122mm) and a CAD-designed airbox lid and tube. These parts are engineered to give you the most airflow to maximize the performance gains on your Coyote-powered Mustang. Due to the oversized design of the MAF opening, the cold air intake will require you to purchase a custom tune. Steeda notes they saw 25 horsepower gains over stock according to their testing. See the dyno with one of our team member’s 2020 Mustang GTs featuring this intake here: 2020 MUSTANG GT DYNO WITH STEEDA COLD AIR INTAKE.


5 | PMAS Cold Air Intake Kit

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PMAS has a reputation for providing some of the best performing cold air intakes on the market for the Coyote Mustangs. Their intakes are available in both tune required and no tune required versions. The tune-required versions feature massive MAF openings to ensure they can support all of the supporting performance mods you throw at it, including long tube headers, cams, or intake manifold changes. Their intakes feature injection molding and billet MAF systems to ensure smooth airflow delivery through their patented mass air flow sensing system. This means maximized performance gains and smooth idles.


2015-2017 Mustang GT PMAS Velocity Cold Air Intake - Tune Required

PART #: LRS-NMT131

This tune-required CAI features a 120mm MAF and cold air tube that is topped off with a washable S&B filter. PMAS uses its patented mass air flow sensing system to ensure the smoothest airflow to help your tuner develop the best custom tune for your S550 Mustang. Custom tuning companies prefer the smoother airflow design that improves your performance gains and provides you with a near factory feeling of idle and driveability. PMAS claims 20+ hp gains from their testing.


2015-2017 Mustang GT PMAS Velocity Cold Air Intake - No Tune Required

PART #: LRS-NMT132

If you want to add some horsepower to your S550 Mustang without doing any custom tuning, this No-tune required intake from PMAS is worth a look. It features the same injection molded intake tube and billet MAF system found on the tune required version; however, the MAF system is reworked to ensure excellent driveability without purchasing a custom tuner and tune for your Mustang GT. This intake also uses the washable S&B filter to give you serious longevity down the road. PMAS claims 20 hp gains from their testing.

2018-2022 Mustang GT PMAS Velocity Cold Air Intake - Tune Required

PART #: LRS-9NMT141

This PMAS intake helps the Gen 3 powered 2018+ Mustangs maximize the performance and airflow with its injected molded intake tube and large 120mm billet MAF system. It also features a 7” lifetime washable S&B filter to keep you from spending further money on replacement filters. PMAS claims 20+ hp gains from their testing.

2018-2022 Mustang GT PMAS Velocity Cold Air Intake - No Tune Required

PART #: LRS-9NMT142

This Mustang GT cold air intake features the same injection molded intake tube for improved airflow. It features a billet calibrated MAF system that allows this CAI not to require a custom tune, all while still increasing horsepower and smooth driveability. This intake also features the large 7” lifetime washable S&B filter featured on the tune required version above. PMAS claims 20 hp gains from their testing.

OTHER PMAS INTAKES FOR S550 MUSTANGS:

PART #: LRS-9NMT142
PMAS offers a few other specialty intake options for more extreme performance builds. These include those enthusiasts looking for other intake manifold options for your Mustang, such as the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Intake Manifold, or those Mustangs running aftermarket superchargers from Roush, Ford Performance, and VMP.
  • PMAS Cobra Jet Cold Air Kit - Tune Required (15-21) - #LRS-NCJ131
  • PMAS Velocity Cold Air Intake for Supercharger - Tune Required (15-17) - #LRS-NPD131

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    How Much HP Does A Cold Air Intake Add To A Mustang GT?

    S550 Mustangs can typically see an increase of 10-20 horsepower by simply adding a cold air intake. This number can vary due to the overall CAI design/type and other performance modifications done to your Mustang. If you purchase a tune-required cold air intake for your Mustang and pair it with a higher octane (91/93) custom tune, you can easily see hp gains well over 25 hp.

    If you want to maximize the performance gains for your S550 Mustang, you will need to look at purchasing a tune-required cold air intake and pairing it with a 91/93 octane custom tune. If you are looking to gain a little more horsepower without the cost and hassle of adding a custom tune to your Mustang.


    Do Cold Air Intakes Work On A Mustang?

    Yes, you will benefit from adding a cold air intake to your Mustang. Cold air intakes allow your motor to pull in cooler, more dense air from outside the engine compartment. Combined with these less restrictive intake tubes and a high flow filter, the engine can breathe easier and pull more air in when needed. Allowing your engine to pull in cooler air easily will help your Mustang make more horsepower, but you can also see improved throttle response and improved fuel efficiency.

    The 5.0L Coyote engines found in the S550 Mustangs are proven to benefit from the addition of cold air intakes. The horsepower gains are just the tip of the iceberg on the benefits. These motors are known for their higher RPM ranges and need all the air to keep power from falling off in these higher ranges. A good cold air intake will ensure your Coyote-powered Mustang does not fall on its face during spirited driving or at the race track.


    Do You Need A Tune For A Cold Air Intake On A Mustang GT?

    For the S550 Mustangs, your cold air intake may or may not require a custom tune. This will vary from intake to intake. Check the fitment/product notes before purchasing your Mustang cold air intake. Many of the cold air intakes we offer do not require a custom tune to be installed on your Mustang. These intakes keep the MAF housing within the factory specs to retain driveability and increase horsepower.; whereas the tune-required intakes will have larger MAF housings. The larger MAF housings/openings will allow the intake to pull more air into the engine, requiring a custom tune to calibrate your MAF settings to retain driveability.

    Custom tunes will also allow you to increase the RPM ranges, add timing for higher octane fuels, and many other performance improvements to further improve the overall performance of your Mustang. These custom tunes will void your warranty and are intended for off-road or track use, so please proceed with caution and review your local emission laws before adding a custom tune and tune-required intake to your Mustang. Read more about the emissions/off-road details here: OFF-ROAD RACE ONLY DISCLAIMER.