• Jul 22, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

As a general rule, the things that us car journalists typically enjoy – things like manual transmissions, no-frills interiors and wagon variants – don't necessarily sell well. The same can be said for expensive non-powertrain performance options, which is why we were surprised to learn that the Brembo brake package for the 2011 Ford Mustang has been selling quite well.

According to Automobile Magazine, Ford says that the take rate for the option has "exceeded our expectations" and sales are "running substantially above last year's Track Pack." Perhaps we should give Mustang buyers, ostensibly only interested with drag racing, more credit than we initially thought.

Priced at $1,695, the Brembo brake package includes a set of 14-inch front discs with four-piston calipers, rear 11.8-inch discs with four-piston calipers, special 19-inch wheels, summer performance tires, and unique tuning for the suspension, stability control and steering.

Part of the reason for the high take rate might be that choosing the option is actually much cheaper than buying the same parts in the aftermarket. The 14-inch brake kit in the Ford Racing parts catalog will run you $1,489, which doesn't include the rear brake upgrade, and you still have to buy new wheels and tires. For aftermarket-obsessed Mustang owners, checking the option box to get it straight from the factory just makes more sense.



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[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      fatppldropkick
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is the track pack gone for good?
      • 4 Years Ago
      $1695 is an insane price for everything you get. A typical front big brake kit is $2k. Just for the fronts. A good set of wheels will run $1500 or so.

      If you bought the car without the options, then upgraded, you would get nothing for the stock brakes. You could sell the stock wheels/tires for some money, but you're still way in the hole compared to just checking the box from the get go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha, those brakes are as big as the wheels on my first car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The mustang steering wheel is not a very sporty one.. looks big.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would you not want better brakes ?


      Tires and brakes... The two most important things IMO and if over looked can kill you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And wives. They don't kill you physically, just little pieces of your soul and manhood, a small amount at time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        phufufoo, that navigation package should be under $1000 AND have a lot more than 10GB of storage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't understand why most dealers don't offer some sort of value price for aftermarket parts like brakes. Instead they rip you off with a $3000 navigation package when that should only cost about $1500. Obviously if its a good deal then people would check that box more often. I guess its just another negotiating point for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I test drove a base 2011 mustang with a stick 4 days ago from frontier ford in san jose ca, damn that thing was fast. Maybe too fast for younger drivers. The brakes were not brembos but seemed fine to me. However for the price I would check that option box in a jiffy. Ford did a good job with that solid rear axle, it felt planted and never jiggled around like the older mustangs. Guess I need a second job!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Priced at $1,695, I am not surprised in the least. It is one HELL of a package for a killer price.

      NOT ticking that option box would be silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You pretty much said what I was going to say.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please. Its them shiny things that go round. Mustang owners aren't concerned with the clampy thingies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        methinks thou art dipping the catnip a bit Carl
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is Ford still making these things with tractor axles?
        • 4 Years Ago
        obviously meta"spore" hasn't fermented enough.... he needs to get some real life experience. Me being someone that was helping my bros and dad in the garage in the '50's and throughout the yrs (also worked for Shelby) have seen many live axles that make irs (it's really shi**y) look like they belong on baby buggies
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they are.

        Those (well tuned) tractor axles allow the Mustang to hand the IRS Camaro its ass on a roadcourse. It will also out-track many other IRS vehicles from outside of its league.

        What difference does it make???

        • 4 Years Ago
        NightFight - See my comment earlier about internet bench racing. This is a great example of that!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two things to remember. First, the wheels are mandatory because of clearance issues. You CAN'T swap-out standard 19" GT wheels - or many aftermarket models. Second, these are summer performance tires. You're going to need a second set for cold weather, even if you don't drive on snow. These can become bricks below 40 degrees. And unless you want to keep punishing the rims, rubber, and have an at-home lift, there's a lot involved with schlepping the car back and forth to the shop for shoe swapping.

      One of the reasons the package is so cheap is that it REPLACES, rather than ADDING a new set of wheels - and your'e not going to find a set of the Brembo Package pull-offs on eBay any time soon. And then there's TPMS - etc. This isn't just "better brakes". It's an additional degree of ownership commitment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just hoping to find a wrecked Mustang in a junkyard in a few years to steal the calipers from for my 06' GT. New pads and rotors, and I'll be ready to go!
      • 4 Years Ago
      unless you are going to the track, reviews indicate that Brembo package is not necessary as Ford improved stock brakes this year;
      I opted for the California special package which gives loads of exterior and interior upgrades (wheels, tires, side scoops, front and rear facia from Shelby, billet grill, seats, finishing..so-on and so-on
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