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One year review of my 5.0 GT performance pack

Velocityblue5oh

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Was new to the s550 platform and bought the car new off the dealer lot with 18 miles.
Build is a 2021 GT performance pack 6 speed manual; Velocity Blue MSRP $48,335.
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Texas Speed LTH
Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs
Ford Performance oil separator
BDX Bama Tune 91 OCTANE (yeah bama I know, will be getting AED soon)
Raseng Reverse lockout and Shift Knob

Since the purchase I've Spent around 17,000 miles in the car. This next year milage will be going down as I got a new daily driver and the mustang has turned into a garage queen the last several months. Off the lot the car handled as expected, stiff considering the performance package. I have driven sports cars in the past so this was not bothersome. Acceleration and noise were by far my favorite aspect of the vehicle (besides looks) and was actually a major reason I chose the car over a new Camaro. I have a 2015 Silverado 1500 with the 6.2 and was used to GM's push rod setup(yes I know, tuned differently, but nonetheless still familiar). The high end torque and crazy revs the car is capable made me salivate. In addition to both looks, interior styling, and the aftermarket for these vehicles I actually prefer Fords builds/build quality over GM. The Interior/electronic infotainment center was far more responsive(and user friendly)than my trucks and the Camaros that I test drove. The very first mod I had purchased was a ford performance oil seperator kit. Install was simple and looked OEM. Ive spent over $5000 in exhaust mods looking for the perfect sound. The longest setup I ran was Steeda H-pipe w MBRP muffler delete. Current Setup is Texas Speed LTH w MBRP Race series Catback. Current setup is crazy loud and extreme. On a 91 tune the car definitely has more getup and go but not as much as I had expected. (I live in New Mexico where the elevation is similar to that of Colorados so the highest octane we carry is 91) As the car has become less of a daily driver and more a weekend cruiser I actually find myself in love with the exhaust note. Windows up or down the rumble at low RPMs is pleasent to my ears. At WOT the scream is ridiculous and over the top. I have never heard anything more loud from a car before. Depending on who you are this might be bothersome. As for myself it's tolerable. Only Error codes I've encountered are P0420 & P0430 obviously, but these have been cleared out using my BDX tuner. Paired with the Eibach lowering springs(pro-kit) the headers hang somewhat lower than I would like them too but I've had no issues with rubbing or scrapping. As far as the handling of the springs the car rides nearly identical to the stock performance pack. Albeit some more audible clunk noises when going over very awful roads with heavy cracks or bumps. Besides that the ride is nearly similar. Overall one year of ownership of this vehicle has brought me numerous friends and I see what the allure is to owning a car labeled "mustang". Through owning the vehicle I was able to have a conversation starter that has led to me making friends who also share a passion for the automotive world.

Fun Factor: The car is a blast to drive. Paired with the 6 speed manual the car is a treat to go and cruise with the windows rolled down. I couldn't see myself having an auto when it comes to a vehicle like this. My other vehicles (15 Silverado 1500, 22 Nissan Frontier) are automatics and make great dailys so I found no need to pair myself with another auto. Though the auto is faster, I never find myself racing enough or going to the track unless with friends. Manual Trannys to me are way more engaging.

Comparison to other vehicles: My good friend owns a 21 Camaro SS with the tremec. Hands down a much better transmission than the MT-82. That being said, the transmission in our stangs isn't nearly as "bad" as everyone points them out to be. Its fine for what the car was meant to do. Drive to work during the week and race on the weekend. If going for all out performance and horsepower then I see where complaints can stem from. But these people seem to be the loud minority in these instances. Chevy does have waaaayyyyyy better handling in the Camaro I will admit. (Car did have magnetic ride) so not apples to apples but the mustang hangs in with some of the best of the best handling cars and is def a step up from the s197. As compared to my trucks the mustang rides just as well as the Silverado (it's lifted, insert manhood jokes here) and is blown away by the Nissan Frontier. This is to be expected as the truck is stock and I Plan on leaving it that way.

Future Plans: For the foreseeable future I plan on holding onto the vehicle unless a great opportunity presents itself. With the advent of the S650 upon us I'd like to wait and see if Im happy with the new platform. With electrification around the corner I doubt ford will unveil new motors besides re-worked gen4 coyotes and a newer 5.2 voodoo. I'd trade the car in for a new S650 GT350 if the car is a pure drivers car as the current generation and if I liked the design of the S650. Other Cars I will consider buying but not trading in the stang for would be the New 6MT Supra, New BMW M2 g87, or the C8 Corvette Zo6. Not at all interested in the Nissian Z

Overall: The car is exactly what I expected it to be. I find the people unhappy with the platform tend to be those going in with unrealistic expectations. They think owning a car like this will magically turn their life into the fast and furious with loads of girls drooling over them. In reality this is not the case. Ive gotten more compliments from men and older guys then I have from any women. In the era of electrification and numerous turbos I truly believe being able to drive a NA V8 6 Speed is a treat and blessing. Cars like ours simply won't exist in the next 20-30 years and even though many of us aren't professional drivers, mechanics, engineers, detailers, painters, photographers or collectors to be able to say we got to drive these things before that happens feels like Im apart of the automotive legacy.
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man that thing is pretty. i hope my atlas blue looks half as good as that when it gets here.
 

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Good read and you are right these cars are dude magnets. :) Velocity blue too but with black accent err Dark Horse added lol
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Is your screen/system after-market? Looks very different from mine.

Or is that how apple carplay looks?
 
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Is your screen/system after-market? Looks very different from mine.

Or is that how apple carplay looks?
Its Apple Car Play, if you have an iPhone you have to plug it into the outlet in the center console not the one near by the start button to activate it.
 

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Very good review!
 

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Its Apple Car Play, if you have an iPhone you have to plug it into the outlet in the center console not the one near by the start button to activate it.
I use Android. It just looks different.
 

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Its Apple Car Play, if you have an iPhone you have to plug it into the outlet in the center console not the one near by the start button to activate it.
Mine works fine in the usb under the switches when I use android auto before and apple carplay now.
 

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Great review. You’re right about it being a dude magnet. I have a 17 PP1 6M with a GT350 back fin, and some pipes. Just got a month ago. You’re right. It’s a treat to drive and yes… total dude magnet. In fact.. it’s a benefit. I don’t have to worry about my wife getting upset at all the girlies wanting a ride. Haha.
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