New 'High Performance' Ford Mustang muscles up four-cylinder

Ford cranks up the EcoBoost Mustang with new high performance package

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package is your rear-drive Focus RS - Autoblog

Ford has unveiled a new high-performance Mustang that is aimed directly at the enthusiasts out there wanting a auto that can compete on the autocross course.

Capacity utilization at Ford's Valencia, Spain, engine factory gets a boost from the '20 Mustang, as it will adopt the Focus RS engine for a new affordable performance version coming this fall. If you want even more stick with your go, Ford is now offering a new Handling Package too.

"It's not just the horsepower gains over the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost, it's the broader torque curve that delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm, which is 40 percent wider than the base EcoBoost engine", Ford reps said.

The Blue Oval announced on Monday that the Ford Performance division has cooked up some upgrades for the Mustang EcoBoost and grouped them in a High Performance Package.

As spotted on the mule caught testing in Dearborn earlier in April, it's also equipped with an active, quad-tip exhaust system that is simultaneously neighbor- and hoon-friendly. It sounds like a deeper, angrier Focus RS.

A front tower-to-tower strut brace is said to deliver "very precise" steering, and the vehicle also has specific damper and spring tuning, 255/40-19 Pirelli performance rubber, and a 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle. This brings MagneRide shocks with unique tuning for this application, semi-metallic brake pads and improved front brake cooling, wider 9.5x19-inch wheels wearing 265/40ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires, and several GT Performance Package 2 parts, including the front springs and 33.7mm hollow front anti-roll bar. The addition of suspension, brake and aero components from the Mustang GT's performance package rounded out the project. The rear antiroll bar is thicker too.

We don't know pricing yet, but with every box checked you can bet this one will be bumping up against the GT. Ford says this setup is better for autocrossers, while the GT is more classic Mustang.

Additional appearance differentiators for the High Performance 2.3L include upper and lower grilles finished in "magnetic" (metallic graphite) paint and fitted with the offset Mustang emblem, magnetic side mirror caps and "whisker stripes" on the vented hood, and a black finisher with unique faux filler cap spanning between the taillights. You could always customize something, if you're so inclined.

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