Get GT500 style and better cooling for your 2013-2014 Mustang with CDC’s Performance Grille
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Classic Design Concepts
It’s no secret that Ford designers borrowed a few styling cues from the Shelby GT500 when they refreshed the late S197 styling on the 2013-2014 Mustang. We aren’t complaining. The cars look great, and the keen Mustang fans can easily differentiate between GTs and GT500s despite the front-end similarities.
Now, since the Mustang GT wasn’t designed to exceed 200 mph—in stock form, anyway—it didn’t get a wide-open grille like its powerful cousin. Now, if you like the wide-open look and want it for your GT, Classic Design Concepts offers a direct-replacement grille with a similar style—the CDC Performance Grille (PN 1311-7000-01; $249).
Certainly the Performance Grille looks awesome, but it can also help your GT run cooler. Our friend Matt Alderman over at SCT Performance installed one of these grilles in his heavily modded 2014 Mustang GT and he saw a significant drop in engine coolant temps during the heat of the Florida summer.
So, the Performance Grille offers form and function. Better yet, you can install it in about an hour, which makes it a great driveway bolt-on.