If you ever felt like the base four-cylinder Mustang is in need of some mild mods to up the performance ante, then you might want to take a look at the 2020MY High Performance Package.
Available on both the coupe and convertible, the package brings the Focus RS’ 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a few upgrades, including a redesigned turbocharger, albeit with less horsepower. The mill is put together in Valencia, Spain, before being shipped over to Flat Rock.
As for the final result, the numbers to remember are 330 hp (335 PS / 246 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm), when running on premium fuel, which translates to 20hp more than the 310hp version of the 2.3L Ecoboost in the standard Mustang, and 20hp shy of the 350hp Focus RS, while torque remains unchanged in all three applications.
The muscle car can sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and top speed has increased by 10 mph (16 km/h), to 155 mph (250 km/h). The 2020 Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package is 34 mph (55 km/h) quicker than the previous entry-level model.
Further updates include the addition of a fully active quad-tip exhaust system, with a specific soundtrack. The chassis has been tuned, the suspension has been refined with a unique set-up and the front four-piston caliper brakes are coming from the V8-powered Mustang GT. There’s also a 3.55 ratio limited-slip rear differential. Combined with the recalibrated steering, ABS and stability control, and a 53/47 weight distribution, the car is said to be suitable for track use, but will put a big smile on the driver’s face on coastal and mountain roads, too.
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The Mustang GT has been responsible for coming up with the front splitter and belly pan and brake cooling ramps. The 2020 Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package adds a blacked-out grille, side badges, magnetic gray mirror caps, rear spoiler and metallic gray stripes on the hood. The 19×9-inch aluminum wheels, wrapped in 255/40 summer tires, are included.
Part of the optional EcoBoost Handling Package are the 19×9.5-inch wheels with 265/40 Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires, 24 mm (0.95 in) solid rear sway bar, Torsen limited-slip rear differential, specially calibrated MagneRide dampers and semi-metallic brakes. This kit can be equipped to either the 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission versions of the Fastback coupe.
Standard on all Mustangs for the 2020 model year is the FordPass Connect that allows users to interact with the vehicle from a distance using their smartphones. The SYNC3 system is an extra and adds improved voice recognition, 911 assist and two USB ports.
The 2020 Mustang can be finished in four new colors called Grabber Lime, Twister Orange, Red Hot Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and Iconic Silver. The base model rides on standard 17-inch silver-painted wheels.
The first 2020 Mustangs equipped with the High Performance Package, which is available for both the coupe and convertible, regardless of the selected gearbox, will arrive at dealers this fall.
A public premiere at the 2019 New York Auto Show, which starts on April 17, is very likely.