2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Are the Brembos Worth It?
February 03, 2012
Our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is equipped with Brembo brakes. They're part of the $1695 Brembo Brake Package that includes 14-inch Brembo ventilated discs with four-piston fixed calipers on the front, and 11.8-inch Brembo ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers in the back. Included are 19 x 9 inch wheels (with a design I don't care for) mounted with 19-inch tires.
When we tested our long-term 5.0, we got braking distances for 30-0 mph of 27 feet and for 60-0, 109 ft. Within a week we also tested a Mustang GT with the California Special Package. This car was not equipped with Brembos (13.2 inch front and 11.8 rear discs) and produced 30-0 braking distances of 30 ft and 60-0 of 117 ft.
So we got 27 vs. 30 ft for 30-0 and 109 vs. 117 ft for 60-0, from our GT and the C/S, respectively. The Brembos must be the difference, right?
(Photo by Kurt Niebuhr)
There was a confounding variable in our somewhat-scientific experiment: the tires.
Our long-term Mustang was fitted at the time of the test with Pirelli PZero 255/40R19 Summer tires. The Mustang C/S we tested had slightly narrower P245/45R19 M+S PZero Nero tires.
I discussed with our test driver and he thinks the tires are a greater factor in those longer braking distances than the Brembos.
So what do you think? Are the Brembos worth it?
They do look cool though...
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 20,520 miles