The 2020 Ford Mustang gets an “entry level” EcoBoost High Performance Package. The Mustang EcoBoost is powered by the Focus RS engine, which has the stronger cylinder head and head gasket of Ford’s outgoing hot hatch. The engine is built at the Valencia, Spain factory, and heads to Flat Rock to go into the Mustang.
The Focus RS engine is the main change in the 2.3L EcoBoost, but there are a few changes in the piping and inter cooler design with the new engine arrangement. The package comes with a redesigned turbocharger, helping the engine pump out 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This is the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker. Ford said that this engine setup will provide wider power and better low- and high-end power and torque. Ford claims the automatic-equipped version will hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The engine does growls with help from the now standard active exhaust.
With the new engine, many of the upgrades from the current 2019 Mustang EcoBoost are part of the package. This includes the Mustang GT brakes with front four-piston calipers, a shock tower brace, 3.55 ratio limited-slip rear differential, 255-mm performance tires, and a tuning for the suspension that assists with stability control. The improved ducting from the Mustang GT helps improve brake cooling, but is electronically limited to 155 mph. The High Performance Package has an optional Handling Package upgrade, adding 265-mm wide tires, stiffer springs, better anti-roll bars and magnetic suspension.
The High Performance Package Mustang has subtle aesthetic differences. In the front, the lip spoiler from the GT Performance Package 1 featuring dark metallic gray grilles with a side-mounted Mustang badge. The hood has a pair of classic stripes running along the front of the hood cowl that fade descending to the rear. The stripes are the same color as the grilles. The EcoBoost has special wheels and the GT rear spoiler in the same color as the grille and stripes.
The High Performance Package will be available on all versions of the EcoBoost, from base trim to top trim, plus coupe, convertible, manual and automatic. Ford didn’t leave anyone out, except the coupe is the only option available for the Handling Package upgrade. The 2020 Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package will be available in early fall. Pricing information will be released by Ford towards the end of spring.
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