Ford boosts EcoBoost Mustang
Last week it emerged that Ford was tinkering with the EcoBoost Mustang, seeking to eke out a few extra kilowatts. We thought it could mean the return of the SVO badge but Ford had other plans.
This is the Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package and it stems from Ford engineers wanting to swap the Focus RS engine into the Mustang. The engines are quite similar so the big changes are a larger twin-scroll turbo, a bigger radiator and an ECU tune up. There are also four exhaust tips to offer more aural pleasure and a 3.55:1 limited slip differential to help those motorway on-ramp bursts.
When all is said and done, the HPP offers 14 more kilowatts over the standard EcoBoost ‘Stang (246kW in total) while torque is static at 475Nm. So not a massive jump on paper. However, Ford says the engine now has a 40 per cent wider torque spread, which should result in a quicker 0-100km/h time. Ford isn’t saying exactly what that time is, just that it’s in the mid-fours. Fast enough then.
Other changes include suspension and brakes taken from the Mustang GT, a front strut tower brace and thicker sway bars (32mm front and 24mm rear).
As to visual changes, there is a new set of 19-inch wheels, striping on the bonnet and grey side mirrors. The grille is blacked out with an offset tri-bar pony badge and a black splitter below, courtesy of the Mustang GT Performance Package. A black bootlid spoiler and special badging round off the changes.
Local availability hasn’t been confirmed yet so Mustang options remain the standard EcoBoost which starts at $64,990 and the GT kicking off at $85,990. Should the High Performance Package make it here, expect pricing somewhere between those two.