Intent on raising the stakes in the new-gen ponycar wars, Ford used this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit to announce the availability of a 50-state-legal supercharger setup designed specifically for the new 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 in the 2011 Ford Mustang. Co-developed by Ford Racing, Roush and Whipple, this bolt-on force-feeder system is based around a 2.3-liter Whipple twin-screw supercharger and drive belt, air-to-liquid intercooler, a dedicated intake manifold and Ford-spec calibrations for the engine computer.

To broaden its overall appeal, Ford will offer this dealer-installable setup in three different configurations, aimed at street users as well as tuners and full-on racers. The base installation, which operates at seven pound of maximum boost pressure, raises engine output from 412 to 525 horsepower and takes peak torque from 390 to 470 lb-ft. Equally important, it also comes with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty when installed by a Ford dealer. While the step-up version loses that factory guarantee, it does raise boost pressure to nine pounds and kicks the engine's critical stats to 624 ponies and 536 lb-ft of twist. The tuner/racer version comes with all of the basic hardware but does not include Ford's factory calibration for the engine computer.

"Superchargers are the ultimate in power upgrades for Mustang enthusiasts," says George Goddu, Ford Racing Performance Group Manager. "Calibration for a modern V8 engine, especially one with twin-independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), is incredibly complex. Production calibration for the 5.0 engine took 19 months. Having that knowledge base to work from provided a huge advantage in letting us offer a top-notch supercharger, induction kit and the optimum calibration. This results in great power, drivability and durability."

The new supercharging kits run from $6,499 to $8,099 and can be had in either black or polished chrome finish. Complete information is available at

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