Update – Damion Smy, product communications manager at Ford Australia, couldn’t confirm the release of the performance upgrade locally, but didn’t rule out its introduction in the future. See bottom of article for details.
The four-cylinder Ford Mustang EcoBoost is now being offered in the US with a new power upgrade kit from in-house tuner, Ford Performance.
For just US$699 ($922.50), the kit comprises of an ECU tune and a new intake. The package bumps the 2.3-litre turbo’s outputs from the standard 232kW/432Nm to 252kW/529Nm, and is available with both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
That gives the Ecoboost ‘Stang a torque figure comparable to the V8-powered GT, which produces 306kW of power and 530Nm of torque.
The Blue Oval is yet to release performance figures or fuel consumption data for the upgrades, however.
While Ford Australia doesn’t quote a 0-100km/h time for the Mustang, European data quotes a 5.8-second sprint, while fuel use is rated at 8.5L/100km on the ADR combined cycle.
Update: Damion Smy, product communications manager at Ford Australia, told CarAdvice the company’s local arm is currently focused on satisfy the huge demand for the Mustang.
However, Smy didn’t rule out the introduction of performance upgrades to keep the pony car popular once the initial rush of orders has calmed down.
“The Mustang is one of the most customised cars of the world, and these kinds of upgrades are part of the overall global strategy,” he said.
“Yet here in Australia, we’re still in the early phases of launch and are concentrating on fulfilling the substantial order bank due to the enthusiasm and demand for the Mustang.”
“Over time, we will take advantage of what’s available to keep the Mustang on top of customer shopping lists,” he added.