2011-2014 Mustang Supercharger Top Picks
With the introduction of the first 5.0 liter V8 in over 15 years, the Mustang welt a resurgence in its true performance car roots. The Coyote V8 was unlike any other V8 in an American performance car with its high-revving DOHC design, and when that was paired with the new body style of the Mustang and 6-speed manual gearbox, it truly stood out. Among its competitors, the Mustang was more advanced regarding engine technology and could get the same power figures from a 5-liter engine as Chevy was from a 6.4-liter V8 or the 5.4-liter HEMI from Dodge all while accelerating smoother and having a newer design.
However, this new engine brought an entirely new world of performance upgrades and power-adders into the mix to build the new Mustang into a high-powered machine with over 600 horsepower to keep pace with the Shelby GT500 for less money. While there are other methods to help bring horsepower up quickly, the most direct and efficient method is the supercharger. A supercharger, while it may cost a pretty penny up front, speaks for itself when the resulting noise and power are put to the road and propelling your Mustang faster than ever before. With multiple superchargers available, it is important to get the one most suited to your driving style.
Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger
Edelbrock has been a very recognizable name in the muscle car world since 1938 and was a major factor in the original muscle car era. Today, they build everything from intake manifolds to high-powered superchargers. When production of the Coyote V8 started, Edelbrock began the development of the Edelbrock Mustang GT E-Force Stage 1 Supercharger Kit for the motor in order to bring the power to new levels that would be competitive long after the first generation motor was retired. This unit takes up less space than an average intake manifold under the hood of the Mustang and sits nearly flush with the top of the engine.
The Edelbrock E-Force supercharger brings the first generation Coyote V8 up from 420 horsepower to the crank to around 560 horsepower safely and reliably to the point of being a very easily daily drivable motor. With assisting performance upgrades, this supercharger can provide a massive power increase of upwards of 700 horsepower with little to no effort. The method of supercharging also is unique to the Edelbrock blower since they have designed it to simply feel like the car just has more power without being supercharged. Edelbrock has developed their supercharger to be reliable and powerful and even warranties their product for 3 years to ensure that it works properly after installation.
One of the biggest names in the supercharger game, Whipple has proven their quality for over 30 years and went all-out when the 2011-2014 Mustang debuted. With the Coyote motor, Whipple developed three different levels of modification to provide horsepower at different performance intervals. This allows drivers to discern between the levels of performance needed and what is usable in their car when driven properly. Additionally, this allows for different price points to make them more affordable.
With the entry-level Whipple Mustang GT/BOSS 302 Supercharger System Stage 1 providing up to 700 horsepower, the Coyote motor is already reaching a different level of performance than many other superchargers can offer. The Whipple Mustang GT Supercharger System Stage 2 provides an additional 25 horsepower on top of the base level at the added cost of $400 which is a great deal for added power, and the Whipple Mustang GT Supercharger System Stage 3 is $200 more than that for the next additional 25 horsepower. For the money, Whipple is a great option to build huge power.
Vortech V-3 Si-Trim Supercharger
Moving away from the roots-style superchargers, there are two kits that offer great performance at good prices which are sure to keep you enjoying your Gen 1 Coyote Mustang more than ever. The first of which is the Vortech Mustang V-3 Si-Trim Supercharger System that has been designed to provide maximum performance while taking up very little space in the engine bay. These are compact and go around the front of the engine as opposed to being mounted on top of the block.
Vortech is known to be the best bang for your buck when it comes to horsepower and for good reason. With proper tuning and supporting upgrades, the V-3 Si-Trim Supercharger is capable of handling 1,200 horsepower with custom work. The kit comes ready to bring these engines to 605 horsepower and can be done in around 12 hours by someone with experience building and modifying motors since these kits come with everything ready to assemble and install. These systems are praised for being smooth across the acceleration range with no dead or low spots in the powerband.
Paxton NOVI 2200SL Supercharger
Like Vortech, Paxton superchargers are known for high output and good value for the money with their performance. Easily modifiable to upwards of 1,000 horsepower with proper supporting modifications, the Paxton Mustang GT NOVI 2200SL Supercharger Complete System generates less heat than many other supercharger designs and weighs half what other superchargers weigh on average. Meeting all 50 states’ emission requirements, the Paxton unit meets many requirements tuners and racers have.
Paxton has a history of being easy to manage and use in high-performance environments. Their cooling ability and easy tunability are favored among many tuners and racers, especially with their self-lubricating system that makes it hassle-free for installing and upgrading. As a bolt-on design, the NOVI 2200SL is about as straightforward and simple to install as possible for any supercharger system. Paxton superchargers are good for pushing power near the top end, meaning it is great for people who are driving in autocross or staying in the upper part of the rpm range while drag racing.
Which Supercharger Is The Best For You?
Regardless of your choice, these systems are guaranteed to add major power to your 2011-2014 Mustang GT and will make it drive better than ever before. These offer manageable horsepower and torque that will turn your Gen 1 Coyote V8 into a tire-roasting machine while being daily drivable and in some cases even improve fuel economy when driven normally. If you solely want to build power, any of these will work when connected to supporting mods and properly connected. We have seen firsthand how each of these superchargers performs on the road and on the race track or drag strip and can proudly say that these are the best supercharger options for these cars. For higher-revving power, we have found that systems like the Paxton work best while low-end power is better available in the Edelbrock system. While there are many options, these are some of the best supercharger systems on the market for the first generation Coyote V8.