These Are The Best New Edge Mustang Exhausts
Last Updated: June 25, 2021
If you want some serious early 2000s nostalgia in your Mustang market, you can’t go wrong with a clean New Edge. Built from 1999-2004, the New Edge had a different styling language than its direct descendant (S197) and looked more like a sports car than anything else but still kept that glorious V8 rumble. With models covering every part of the market from base V6 models through the high-tech and high-performance “Terminator” Cobra, the New Edge covered every buyer and now can be had for fairly cheap.
Parts for the 1999-2004 Mustang are fairly cheap as well. Today, you can get everything from body kits through engine swaps for not much money, but one of the best simple upgrades for these cars is their exhaust. Ford made every engine option sound good with the right exhaust, but finding the absolute best exhaust option for your New Edge can be difficult. Luckily, we at Steeda have gone through the exhaust options available for each engine and put together a list of the best exhausts offered for the New Edge Mustang to ensure you get the best sounding exhaust from your car to keep you happy for years to come.
New Edge Mustang Cat-Backs
The only way to buy full exhaust on the New Edge, a cat-back exhaust will increase your car’s power and performance while giving you that classic rumbling exhaust note. Starting with the V6, Ford made the engine sound decent, but a good exhaust like the Flowmaster Force II will wake it up more than ever before. The Flowmaster system gives the V6 a bit more throaty exhaust note while not droning or sounding like many other V6 cars do with exhaust work. In addition to adding some power and sound, the Flowmaster Force II enhances the rear of the V6 New Edge by adding dual exhaust that mimics the look of the GT.
Moving up to the V8 GT model, the best sounding and performing exhaust option is the Steeda Side-Exit Cat-Back exhaust which mimics the Cobra R’s exhaust setup. With two exhaust tips coming out just before the rear wheels, the Steeda exhaust brings out a racing-inspired exhaust pitch that is sure to rumble even at idle. As you get closer to redline, you can hear the full power of the Mustang’s V8 engine. In addition to having a race-inspired exhaust note, the side exhaust also is a higher flow system and is much less restrictive than the factory exhaust fitted to the car.
With the top of the line Cobra, the best exhaust available on the car is the Borla Stinger S-Type Cat-Back exhaust. The Borla system works perfectly at not being too loud while perfectly beefing up the Cobra’s already aggressive exhaust note. The exhaust gives you burbles as it revs back down, and sounds like a classic muscle car as it accelerates before cracking on each upshift. The Borla exhaust manages to bring the car’s performance even more to life while staying subtle enough to fly under the radar over much louder systems. Additionally, the Borla exhaust has wide 4" exhaust tips that fill the exhaust holes in the bumper enough to give an intimidating appearance from behind.
New Edge Mustang Mid-Pipes
When modifying your New Edge Mustang, you might not want to do a full exhaust or even just an axle-back exhaust, you can go with installing an aftermarket Mid-Pipe. Mid-Pipes, or resonator deletes, offer you the chance to get more noise from your exhaust and a small power gain without making your car too loud, as well as opening a chance to add different mufflers to your car as well. With the two types of midpipes, you can get two completely different sounds from your exhaust.
If you want a more muscle car style exhaust note, you should install the Pypes Catted H-Pipe which is usable in the GT models. When put on a GT, you’ll notice a difference in power along with the increase in sound. Fitted with this H-Pipe, the GT model brings back an old-school deep exhaust note without being too loud. These low restriction cats will increase your Mustang’s low-end power enough to seriously notice it under heavy acceleration.
If you are in the market for a raspier and more high-pitched exhaust like those found more commonly in sports cars, the direction to go is for an X-Pipe as a Mid-Pipe. There are more X-Pipes made for the New Edge than there are H-pipes for road use, and as a result there is more competition to get them to sound as good. On all three engines, you can add an X-Pipe to get that more unique and sporty sound.
For both the V6 and the GT, the best options come from Pypes. The GT Catted X-Pipe and the V6 Catted X-Pipe are the best options available, and both make the cars sound a good bit more aggressive than before. These pipes increase the volume slightly, give the car some exhaust burbles on lift-off, and free up a few extra horsepower along with the noise.
If you want to fit an X-Pipe on your Cobra, you should install the BBK X-Pipe with Converters system in your car. The BBK setup offers a nice growl to the exhaust note that can’t be found as easily in many other X-Pipe setups for the Cobra. The BBK system has the catalytic converters much closer to the X-Pipe piece than in the other setups which alters the airflow and changes the exhaust pitch as a result.