Ford introduce the next upgrade for their turbocharged pony, it’s the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package (HPP). What is it all about? At a high level, this Mustang has an upgraded Focus RS 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, and Mustang GT suspension and aerodynamics components. Don’t confuse this with the Mustang Performance Package that is already available. Check out all the details on the HPP version here.
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Yes, the Mustang has had the 2.3-liter turbo before, but this version of the engine has upgraded internal component to handle the extra power. The engine has the same construction as in the Ford Focus RS, but the power output is a bit different. The Mustang EcoBoost HPP is rated at 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on premium 93-octane fuel. It will be available with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Ford says 90% of maximum torque is available between 2,500 – 5,300 rpm, and the power keeps holding on closer to the 6,500 rpm redline.
Is it really a rear-wheel-drive Focus RS? Well, it’s a different animal. The RS hatchback is an all-wheel-drive machine with 350 horsepower. The Mustang EcoBoost HPP is a traditional two-door sports car with its own character and big claims.
The Mustang EcoBoost HPP promises a 0-60 MPH acceleration in about 4.5 seconds. The top speed has been increased to 155 MPH.
Simply giving the car a new more powerful engine is not enough. The rest of the car has to match the power plant. This HPP version of the Mustang borrows a few parts from its V8-powered Mustang GT big brother. This includes the 13.9-in diameter front brake rotors and several aerodynamics body components.
The “standard” HPP package comes with a 19×9 wheel package and a 3.55 limited slip rear differential. The summer tires size is 255/40R ratio. If this is still not enough for your performance needs, there is an additional Handling Package available that adds MagneRide shocks, a TORSEN 3.55 rear limited slip differential and larger/stiffer anti-roll bars.
Out back is a quad-outlet exhaust system with unique exhaust sound tuning. Will it sound similar to the Focus RS? We will have to wait and see.
The interior touches include oil pressure and turbo boost gauges. There is also a serialized 2.3L HPP plaque.
The 2020 Mustang EcoBoost HPP will go on sale in the fall 2019, but pricing has not yet been announced.
The turbocharged Ford Mustang first came on the scene in 2015. Here is that popular first drive review of the Mustang EcoBoost.