2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Boom-Boom Radio Not Required
February 03, 2011
First off: this is a killer engine. Killer.
Our longterm 2011 Ford Mustang GT's V8 is super tractable, pulls with authority and sounds great.
The honkus you see above doesn't do a thing at all for the first two items. But it does help with the latter bit.
The honkus is the corrugated tube that's teed off of the snorkus.
This guy is plumbed around the engine bay and under the tower brace, where it is then connected to a drum-looking resonator whozit before terminating at the firewall. The whole purpose of this assemblage is to transmit certain intake frequencies to the cabin. It's purely for sound, and nothing else. We've seen a similar device on other cars like the GTI.
I have to say, the intake note in this car sounds great, and this tube is surely helping to create that impression. Ford clearly valued a good-sounding engine enough to spend the little bit of extra time and money to develop and produce the honkus, and I like that too. I'd personally like it better if they instead put those resources toward an independent rear end, but that's a subject for another day.
Mustangs of 2010 vintage also came equipped with a sound tube like this, and I've noticed that it's somewhat common for owners to remove it. For looks, or to save the pound or two, I guess. Me, I'd leave it in there. Sounds too good to mess with.
What about you, fair reader -- would you keep the honkus, or pitch it?
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor