A while back we wrote a guide about basic bolt-on upgrades for the Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote engine. These simple mods can push the 5.0L V8 to about 440-500whp while remaining naturally aspirated. It’s a solid amount of power for a NA engine. However, there is always the crowd looking to push things further. This is where Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits come into play.
Whether you’re looking for a modest 500-600whp or 1,000+whp there’s a supercharger for you. However, there is a lot that goes into choosing the right kit to meet your goals and budget. In this guide, we discuss the best 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits, power gains, supporting mods, engine limits, costs, and more.
Gen 1, 2, & 3 Engines
We covered the various generations in greater depth in our Mustang bolt-on mod guide. In that article we touched on many of the differences between the 5.0 Coyote engines. The short-story here is that the 2nd and 3rd gen engines are more power capable and also have stronger internals. So, power gains from supercharging will be greater on these engines, and their power limits will be higher, meaning you can push them a bit further without having to get into expensive internal upgrades.
Before Adding A Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote Supercharger
The next couple sections will cover generalities. Specific details are coming in the actual gen 1, gen 2, and gen 3 sections. Anyways, it’s important to understand the following before buying a 5.0 Coyote supercharger kit:
- Emissions / CARB compliant
It’s basic stuff that varies for each person. Are you looking to make 500whp or 800+whp? What’s your budget for the entire setup from start to finish? What are the risks of engine problems or failures? This is all incredibly important before jumping into such an expensive upgrade. You don’t want to spend your whole budget on a kit and then blow up your engine in a few months.
5.0 Coyote SC Goals
Once you know your goals you can start budgeting and pricing things out accordingly. It’s just important to know whether you’re shooting for a modest 500-600whp setup, 800+whp builds, or some kind of middle ground. You shouldn’t get too much supercharger for your power goals. However, you also don’t want to push the supercharger to its absolute limit on high boost.
Know your goals and build in a little headroom, but don’t go too overkill. Also, consider future goals for your 5.0 Coyote Mustang GT. You might only want to push 600whp for now, but eventually run 700+whp or have tons of headroom to turn things up for events or races. In this case, it may make sense to opt for a more capable 5.0 Coyote supercharger instead of doing things over in the future.
Supercharging Budget / Costs
Again, there is more specific pricing and cost details in the meat of this article below. Looking at things from a general perspective the higher your goals the more expensive things will become. The price different between a 600hp SC kit and 1,000hp kit might only be a few thousand dollars. However, it’s not going to take too many supporting mods outside of a full kit to make 600hp.
Start shooting for higher power and you may need other expensive upgrades. This can include a built engine & transmission, wheels & tires, brakes, suspension, cooling mods, axles, etc. The list can go on and on depending on how far you want to push things and what the Mustang GT will be used for.
Point is – don’t be fooled by the price difference in 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits alone. Building a useable 1,000 horsepower car is a lot more expensive than a modest 600hp setup. That difference can easily exceed $15,000 for a reliable and useable setup.
Risks of 5.0 Coyote Supercharger Mods
This topic changes depending on which generation 5.0L V8 Coyote engine we’re talking about. They’re all stout engines, but there are important changes that affect the “safe” limits of each engine. Nonetheless, with a proper setup and fueling all of these engines should be pretty safe around 600-700whp. It’s possible 750-800whp are safe long-term numbers for the later gen engines.
More specific details are coming throughout this article. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. All else equal, the more power you throw at the 5.0 Coyote the greater the risk. If you really start pushing the limits it’s important to have good fueling like E85, proper supporting mods, and a well tuned car.
Limits on stock motors, transmission, and other components is never a perfect science, either. Sometimes things let go on an excellent setup that isn’t pushing the ragged edge. Other times, engines hold up for years right on the edge of destruction. A good setup does reduce the risk of things going south, but there are no guarantees. Understand the further you push the 5.0 Coyote the greater the risk of catastrophic and expensive failures or issues.
SC Kit Emissions & CARB Compliance
Quick discussion here. A lot of the superchargers we discuss are CARB legal in all 50 US states. Not all superchargers meet these requirements, though. Additionally, other Mustang GT supporting mods like headers, exhaust systems, etc. may not be legal.
It’s something to consider with all of the recent crack-downs on aftermarket mods and emissions laws. You likely don’t want to end up in a situation where you have $10,000+ into your 5.0 Coyote and suddenly get slapped with a big fine, have to remove parts, or whatever the case may be.
2011-2014 Mustang GT Supercharger Mods
With some of the basic details out of the way it’s time to jump into the exciting stuff. This section applies to the 1st gen engines in the S197 Mustang GT. What are the supporting mods, engine limits, and best supercharger kits for 1st gen 5.0 Coyote V8 engines? We’ll cover all of this alongside Mustang GT SC kit power gains, costs, and more.
Gen 1 5.0 Coyote Engine Limits
Original 5.0 Coyote engines in the 2011-2014 Mustang GT are usually good for about 600-650whp. Remember what we discussed in the 5.0 Coyote engine limits and risks just above. This isn’t a perfect science. Some will hold more power while others may let go even before 650whp. Two primary concerns when pushing much beyond 600whp are:
- Oil pump gears
Pistons are one of the weaker points of the 5.0 Coyote gen 1 engine internally. Then there are the oil pump gears that it’s usually a good idea to upgrade at 550-600+whp. Careful taking the car beyond redline or bouncing off the rev limiter if you’re sticking with stock oil pump gears. The high end of the RPM range is where issues normally occur.
Anyways, on a good setup with E85 you might be able to push a bit beyond 650whp pretty safely. On pump gas, high 500’s or low 600’s is a good place to be. Above this kind of power it’s a good idea to do pistons and the pump gears at the least. It probably makes sense to do rods, bearings, and the other basics while the engine is open since the labor is a big chunk of the cost.
S197 Mustang GT Supporting Mods
Supporting mods isn’t always an easy topic, either. A lot of this depends on your exact power goals. If roughly 550-600whp is your goal then you should be well off with a complete supercharger kit. Keep in mind – basic bolt-ons like headers, exhaust, intake, and manifolds make the engine and superchargers job a lot easier. It’s important to maximize air-flow into the engine while reducing back-pressure. Anyways, here’s a list of some of the minimal mods we recommend:
- Basic bolt-ons (headers and/or exhaust & intake)
- Quality tune
- Complete SC kit (fueling upgrades, intercooler, etc)
- Oil pump gears (550-600+whp)
- Built engine (600-650+whp)
- Axles, DS loop, & more (600+whp drag builds w/ slicks)
- Clutch / AT upgrades (varies quite a bit)
We could continue on and on with the list to include things like brakes, suspension, etc for the big HP builds. Anyways, the top 3 are the basics for pretty much any 5.0 Coyote supercharger builds. You’ll want some bolt-ons to help air-flow in and out of the engine. A quality tune is always a good idea. Then a complete SC kit will include the rest of the basics like the fueling upgrades, intercooler, and more. This is all generally good for anyone shooting for 500-600whp.
If you want to go further with a safe and reliable Mustang GT then costs can add up quickly. Oil pump gears are a good upgrade for any 5.0 Coyote running forced induction. The biggest concerns begin around 550-600+whp, especially at high RPM’s. Otherwise, a built motor will ensure a reliable setup at 650-1,000+whp depending on how far you build it out. High power drag builds on slicks and sticky tracks may need things like axles, driveshaft loops, and tons of other potential upgrades.
Best 1st Gen 5.0 Coyote Supercharger Kits
Hopefully the above info is a good starting point to decide what power goals meet your needs and budget. Once you know what you’re looking for it’s time to consider Ford Mustang GT 5.0 supercharger kits. Below we’ll list a few of what we believe to be the best options on the market. There are tons of awesome choices, so this is by no means an exhaustive list.
1) 5.0 Coyote Roush Superchargers (500-600whp)
Price: $6,760 – 8,008
ROUSH is a well-known company in the Ford Mustang supercharging world. They make some quality kits featuring Eaton superchargers TVS technology. For the 1st gen 5.0 Coyote you can find phase 1, 2, and 3 kits available. They all come with an awesome 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty. A rough breakdown by each “phase” looks something like this:
- Phase 1 Kit: 575hp (~475-500whp)
- 2nd Phase: 625hp (~525-550whp)
- Phase 3 Kit: 675hp (~575-600whp)
These are complete kits with all of the necessary mods to make around the stated power. To truly maximize results you’ll want an exhaust, headers, E85 fueling, and custom tuning. Anyways, Roush 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits certainly aren’t the most capable around. They’re a quality option at a fair price for those looking for “modest” results, though.
2) Mustang GT S197 Whipple SC Kits (550-850+whp)
Price: ~$7,345 – 10,000+
Whipple has a ton of supercharger kits available for the 5.0 Coyote Ford Mustang. They offer stage 1, 2, and 3 kits for both their 3.0L and 3.8L superchargers. Lethal Performance carries all of these options for the 2011-2014 GT. However, the 3.8L superchargers are not complete kits. Beef Cake Racing does have complete kits for the 3.8L supercharger, though.
If you’re not on a built engine and don’t plan to build the engine then the Whipple 3.0L superchargers are your best bet. These will make in the ballpark of 550-700whp depending on the stage you select. We couldn’t find specific results or data on the larger 3.8L superchargers. It’s likely they’ll boost the 5.0 Coyote well beyond 800-850whp on the right setup with good fueling, though. We do know they’ve made over 1,000whp on the 3rd gen engines.
3) Gen 1 Kenne Bell Supercharger Kit (600-1,000+whp)
Price: $7,099 – $8,749+
Things start to spiral out of control when it comes to Kenne Bell 5.0 Coyote superchargers. Their smallest supercharger starts at 2.8L and is capable of 600+whp. Then Kenne Bell offers a 3.2L, 3.6L, 4.2L, 4.7L, and 4.9L superchargers for the 2011-2014 S197 Mustang GT. Exact results depend on pulleys, fueling, and much more. However, their larger superchargers can deliver well over 1,000whp.
On the stock engine you probably won’t want to go above the 2.8L or 3.2L Mammoth superchargers. With E85 they can both deliver well beyond 600whp. Larger Kenne Bell 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits should be for those on built engines. Of course, you can get the more capable superchargers and run lower boost until you build the engine. Look no further than Kenne Bell if you want a supercharger among the most capable.
2nd Gen 5.0 Coyote Supercharging
With the gen 1 5.0 Coyote out of the way it’s time to move onto the more capable 2nd gen engine. Larger intake & exhaust valves, revised cams, stronger rods, and a new intake manifold were among a few updates for 2015-2017 models. This also moves over to the S550 generation Mustang GT.
All of the updates from Ford were great to help the Gen 2 5.0 Coyote make more power. Some internal upgrades and headwork also make this a stronger and better flowing engine. That said, let’s jump in and discuss 2015-2017 S550 Mustang GT supercharger kits, engine limits, and more.
2015-2017 Mustang GT Engine Limits
2nd gen Coyote engines are usually pretty “safe” around the 650-700whp ballpark. Once again, this isn’t a perfect science and exact limits can vary. There is no guarantee at these kind of power levels on the 5.0 Coyote. Oil pump gears and pistons still remain two of the biggest concerns above ~600-650whp. Address the oil pump gears around this power.
E85 fueling is very good for making more power with more safety. It’s highly recommended that you run at least some E85 if you intend to push 650+whp for the longer-term. 100% E85 is a good idea if you’re pushing the 700+whp limits. For a reliable 5.0 Coyote above this power you should consider building the engine.
S550 5.0 Coyote Gen 2 Supporting Mods
Supporting mods for the 2nd gen engine will look much the same as the 1st gen Coyote. As such, we’ll speed through this section a bit faster. The following are good mods to consider for 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits:
- Basic bolt-ons (exhaust, headers, intake)
- Good tune
- Complete SC kit (fueling mods, intercooler, throttle body, etc)
- Oil pump gears (~600+whp)
- Built engine (~650-700+whp)
- Axles, driveshaft, & more (600+whp drag builds)
- A/T upgrades and MT clutches
Bolt-ons like an exhaust, headers, and intake make life easier on the engine and supercharger. The goal is to increase efficiency with air-flow in and out of the engine. Again, you’ll want a complete supercharger kit with the fueling upgrades, intercooler, throttle body, etc. If you get a base 5.0 Coyote supercharger then you’ll want to source all of this separately.
Consider oil pump gears at 600+whp, but it’s not a bad idea even before then. A built engine is recommended if you intend to push much beyond 650-700whp. Axles, driveshaft, and other drivetrain parts should be OK even at 700+whp. However, if you’re launching the S550 Mustang GT hard then you might want some upgrades there.
Best Mustang GT Supercharger Kits
If you haven’t noticed yet much of this article is similar with each generation. There are a few numbers to update due to differences in fitment, parts, and engine design. As such, you’ll notice many of these Ford 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits are similar to those above. They simply fit the S550 models from 2015-2017 with the 2nd gen engine. Of course, all of the numbers and specifics are a bit different due to engine updates.
That said, let’s jump in and discuss some of the best S550 2nd gen 5.0 Coyote SC kits. As with the gen 1 engine, this is not an exhaustive list and other quality options exist that we simply don’t have the space to discuss.
1) 5.0 2nd Gen Roush SC Kits (550-650whp)
Price: $7,436 – 8,164
This is much the same kit as available on the 2011-2014 gen 1 engines. It uses the same Roush/Ford Performance TVS R2300 supercharger. Phase 1 kits are good for about 670hp at the crank or roughly 550-600whp. Upgrade to phase 2 and numbers in the 600-650whp ballpark are reasonable.
We came across some results around the 600-620whp ballpark for the phase 2 Roush supercharger. This was with just an active exhaust, intake, and the SC kit on 93 octane. Add in extra mods like headers and some E85 and 675+whp may be possible.
It’s far from the most capable 5.0 Coyote supercharger, but an excellent choice if you want “modest” numbers. Remember, 650-700whp is a good long-term limit for the engine. This phase 2 kit is capable of pushing the S550 Mustang GT close to that range with the right mods.
2) Whipple Supercharger Kits 5.0 Coyote (600-900+whp)
Price: $7,995 – $10,000+
The options for the gen 2 Coyote 5.0 similar to options for all Coyote engines. There are multiple stages for the 3.0L supercharger as well as the 3.8L Whipple. With the smaller Whipple supercharger for the 5.0 Coyote expect results in the 600-700whp ballpark. An extra 50+whp is likely possible with the right pulley, tune, and fueling.
If you’re looking for even more power then the Whipple 3.8 is the option for you. This is definitely pushing into built motor territory if you want to truly push these kits to their potential. Look for power in the 700-800whp ballpark on pump fuels with plenty more possible on E85. Whipple is a common choice for Ford Mustang GT superchargers for good reason. With tons of options they have a kit for everyone to meet 600-900+whp goals.
3) Mustang GT 5.0L V8 Paxton SC Kits (650-800+whp)
Price: ~$7,500 – $9,000+
We’re adding in another brand of 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits for good reason. Not only is the Paxton SC a good choice, but it goes to show there are a lot of solid options that we aren’t diving into. Anyways, the Paxton kits can make up to and beyond 1,000hp (800+whp) with the right options and fueling. Stick with a modest approach to pulleys and other options if you’re not building the Ford 5.0 V8 engine.
Lower power setups can still push the Mustang GT to 600+whp on pump gas and 650-700whp on E85 pretty easily. For a complete kit starting around $7,500 it’s a pretty standard price – if not about $300-500 cheaper than the norm.
4) 5.0 Coyote Mustang Kenne Bell Superchargers (650-1,200+whp)
Price: $7,099 – $8,799+
Up again is Kenne Bell with their supercharger kits that offer massive potential. These guys have been in the industry for nearly 50 years and know what they’re doing. That’s backed up by the insane performance of 5.0 Coyote Kenne Bell superchargers. You can find these kits on 7 second Cobra Jets, 1200+whp builds, and 213mph mile events.
Point is – if you’re looking for the most capable 5.0 Coyote setups then Kenne Bell is a great choice. Their smallest 2.8L kits can make over 600whp on 93 pump gas with no other mods. Start mixing in E85 and bolt-ons and 700+whp is possible. Then there are the larger 3.2L, 3.6L, 4.2L, 4.7L, and 4.9L superchargers available. Results get insane with over 1,200whp possible.
For the price it’s hard to beat the Kenne Bell offerings. Be careful, though. Even their smallest 2.8L and 3.2L supercharger kits can push the 5.0 Coyote engine limits. Anything larger should definitely be left to those with built engines and extensive mods.
2018+ Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote SC Upgrades
Last but certainly not least is the 2018+ S550 Mustang GT. The Ford gen 3 Coyote 5.0L engine receives some updates that we really like. One update actually includes a larger bore, which increases engine displacement from 4.95 liters to 5.035L. It’s not much larger but the wider cylinder bore does help fit in larger valves alongside a further improved head, valves, and cams. The 5.0 Coyote also sees a 7,500 RPM redline, a higher 12.0:1 compression ratio, and the addition of direct injection.
All of these updates lead to more power potential with 5.0 Coyote supercharger upgrades. The big benefit is the larger bore, improvements to the head and valves, and a higher rev-limit. It helps make more power on the top-end. There’s also the 10R80 10-speed automatic. It can run into problems, but it’s an excellent transmission to hold solid power and always have you right in the meat of the power band.
In essence, the gen 3 Coyote is the most capable engine here. Let’s jump in and discuss some background info and then move onto the best 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits.
S550 Mustang 3rd Gen 5.0 Engine Limits
We believe the 3rd gen Ford 5.0L V8 is well suited to about 700-750whp. We’re well aware of the many examples of these engines making 900-1,100+whp on un-opened motors. However, this is still a nearly brand-new 2018+ engine. There’s a big difference between pushing 1,000whp on a new engine for a short period versus making that kind of power for the long-term as these engines continue to age.
Some may say our engine limits are too conservative while others will argue they’re too aggressive. That’s because some blow up at less power and others run for years with much more power. That’s why this stuff is never a perfect science. However, we feel pretty comfortable up to about 750whp with a good setup and E85 fueling.
The first two concerns are basically the same as the other Mustang GT Coyote engines. Oil pump gears are a weakness above 600whp, especially because this engine revs out higher. Then the pistons are typically the first weakness internally. Once opening up the engine it makes sense to knock out rods, bearings, studs, etc since those parts are some of the next to go. If you’re looking for 850+whp then the block can become a concern and sleeving is a good idea.
2018+ 5.0 Coyote Supporting Upgrades
Here’s a quick breakdown of supporting mods for the gen 3 Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote engine:
- Basic bolt-ons (exhaust, headers, intake)
- Good tune
- Complete SC kit (fueling mods, intercooler, throttle body, etc)
- Oil pump gears (~600+whp)
- Built engine (~700-750+whp)
- Axles, driveshaft, & more (700+whp drag builds)
- A/T upgrades and MT clutches
Basically the same stuff as previous gen engines just with higher limits on a few components. One big upgrade for the automatic transmission fans is the 10R80. They’ve proven to hold solid power so far, but time will tell how they hold up in the longer-term. It’s a great transmission that can lay down some seriously quick passes, though.
Otherwise, start with the basic bolt-ons to help the engine and supercharger. Get air in and out efficiently with headers, exhaust, and intake mods. A quality tune is always important and we recommend quality fueling like E85 or race gas if you want to push 700+whp. Then there’s the complete 5.0 Coyote supercharger kit with the other necessary mods like fueling, intercoolers, throttle bodes, and the rest. You’ll need to source some stuff yourself if you don’t go with a full package.
Address oil pump gears above 600whp or be very cautious at high-RPM’s and bouncing the engine off the rev-limiter. Next up are rotating assembly upgrades to make a reliable 700-750+whp for years to come. Drag builds should upgrade the necessary drivetrain components. You should be OK on less sticky tires if you’re just occasionally hitting the track for a couple passes here and there.
Best 3rd Gen 5.0 Coyote Superchargers
One notable thing about the latest 5.0 Coyote engine is the higher 12.0:1 compression ratio. The engine still makes excellent power on pump gas. However, it’s a bit more octane hungry than the previous generations. Simply put – E85 and race gas are going to show bigger gains. Anyways, let’s jump in and discuss some 2018+ S550 Mustang GT superchargers.
Please note – this is not an exhaustive list and plenty of awesome kits exist for the 5.0 Coyote. These are simply a few of our favorites, but there are many more we simply don’t have the space to discuss.
1) 2018+ GT Whipple SC Upgrade Kits (700-1,000+whp)
Price: $7,650 – $10,000+
Whipple superchargers for the gen 3 Mustang GT 5.0 engine are basically the same as the older engines. There’s a couple various stages for the 3.0L and 3.8L SC kits. Even the base 3.0L phase 1 kit will make 650+whp on 93 octane without headers and the other bolt-ons. Add a couple upgrades and E85 and we’re talking about making 700-725+whp on the lowest power kit. Phase 2 is good for 725-750+whp on pump gas, and 800+whp with proper fueling and tuning.
Then Whipple has the 3.8L supercharger for the Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote. These kits are mostly for the guys looking to push massive power with built engines and lots of other work. A good setup can eclipse 1,000whp by a large margin. Below is a video of a Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote making it into the high 7’s @ 170mph with a Whipple supercharger.
2) 5.0 Coyote Gen 3 Roush Superchargers (600-725+whp)
Price: $7,904 – 8,019
Again, there’s the Roush offerings for those wanting a reliable, quality, and modest setup. Roush 5.0 Coyote supercharger kits include the Phase 1 and Phase 2 offering – good for 700hp and 750hp, respectively. They quote crank numbers, but they’re pretty modest power estimates. Expect the S550 Mustang GT to make about 625-675whp on pump fuels. With E85 you can easily make it to 700+whp and even 750+whp with the right setup.
There are some complaints about the efficiency of this supercharger kit. It’s a good option for 600-700whp goals, but if you want more we would recommend moving to Whipple or another more capable kit. The Roush 5.0 superchargers will make more than 700, but there are better options to keep temperatures lower, make the same power on less boost, etc. Regardless, Roush is still a solid option for modest power goals.
3) Mustang GT 5.0 VMP Odin SC Kit (750-1,000+whp)
The 5.0 Coyote VMP Odin is another great choice for the Mustang GT S550. VMP worked with Magnuson Superchargers to create this kit featuring the Eaton TVS 2.65L. With moderate pulleys this kit can make upwards of 750-800whp on pump gas. With all of the extra add-ons, tuning, and E85 fueling there’s a lot more on the table.
1,000+whp with VMP Odin superchargers are a possibility. 900+whp is easy to hit with E85 and good tuning. This is an awesome kit that’s also available for other 5.0 Coyote engines. We added in this option to point out yet another great 5.0 Coyote supercharger.
Ford Mustang GT Supercharger Upgrade Summary
This was a long article to cover all variants of the 5.0 Coyote engine in the S197 and S550 Mustang GT. We could go even deeper on specifics like fueling mods, throttle bodies, and so much more. There just isn’t enough space in this article to cover everything from top to bottom. However, we’ll have tons of new content for the Mustang GT and 5.0L V8 engine in the near future.
Back to the summary. The 5.0 Coyote is an awesome engine that makes respectable power from the factory and with simple NA bolt-on mods. Ford also made some great updates to the engine over the years for even more power and performance. However, those looking to push things further should consider 5.0 Coyote supercharger upgrades as an option. There’s a setup for just about any power goals and budget.
All generations of the 5.0 Coyote can make 1,000+whp with the right supercharger, tuning, and fueling. These are expensive builds well beyond the safe long-term limits of the engine, though. Most are likely looking for “modest” options to make a reasonable 550-750whp. It’s not hard to achieve these numbers with tons of different options available.
Roush, Whipple, Kenne Bell, VMP, and Paxton all have some awesome supercharger kits for the S197 and S550 Mustang GT 5.0 Coyote. However, there are plenty more quality kits on the market. A purchase this big isn’t an overnight decision so take your time and do some additional research. We do know one thing at least: a supercharger can take the Mustang GT to totally new levels of performance.
What’s your experience with 5.0 Coyote mods and superchargers? Are you considering a SC upgrade?
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