No more groaning about the smallest engine in the Mustang range, this one's sure to be a beaut.
Alex Misoyannis • Ford has whipped the covers off the Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L High Performance Package, a more extreme version of its entry-level four-pot pony car.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which now produces 246kW of power and 475Nm of torque – 15kW more than the standard US-market Mustang EcoBoost.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford claims it can do the 0-60mph (97km/h) sprint in the mid four second range, towards a 250km/h top speed.
There have been a number of changes under the skin to improve the ‘Stang’s handling, including a variable sports exhaust system, four-piston front Brembo brakes, limited-slip rear differential, a larger intercooler as well as recalibrated steering, ABS and stability control systems.
Buyers can also option the ‘EcoBoost Handling Package’, a pack full of performance goodies that make the turbo sports car faster on road and track.
Components included in the package include wider 19-inch alloys wrapped in 265mm Pirelli P Zero Corza4 tyres, 24mm solid rear sway bar, MagneRide magnetic adaptive dampers, semi-metallic brakes and a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Visually, the Mustang 2.3L High Performance gets a front splitter taken from the V8-powered Mustang GT, along with a black grille, unique badging, Magnetic Grey mirror caps, grey bonnet stripes, retro front and rear pony badges, rear lip spoiler and 19-inch wheels wrapped in 255mm sports tyres.
The 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package will make its public debut at the New York motor show later this week.
The Mustang 2.3L High Performance goes on sale in the US in the northern hemisphere autumn.
Ford is yet to confirm whether the performance pony car will come to Australia.