Entry-Level 2020 Ford Mustang Gets Power Boost from Focus RS Engine

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 15, 2019

Ford is celebrating Mustang week with a new addition to the lineup.

The project began when Ford Performance experimented with dropping a Focus RS engine into a Mustang, and developed the final package within ten months.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will become the most powerful model in the automaker's history when it launches later this year, thanks to its 700-plus horsepower supercharged V8, but it's not the only potent pony auto being added to the stable. Meet the Ford Mustang Ecoboost High Performance Package, a four-cylinder 'Stang with a chunky power upgrade that appears to be the of an errant Focus RS engine and some bored Blue Oval workers.

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.

"It's not just the horsepower gains over the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost, it's the broader torque curve that delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm, which is 40 percent wider than the base EcoBoost engine", said in a statement Mustang's chief engineer, Carl Widmann. "Plus, horsepower holds stronger up to the 6,500-rpm redline - enabling more usable power and torque for enthusiasts and weekend autocrossers to enjoy".

An alloy strut tower brace has also been added, along with a 32 mm sway bar up front and a tubular 21 7 mm item at the rear. This brings MagneRide shocks with unique tuning for this application, semi-metallic brake pads and improved front brake cooling, wider 9.5x19-inch wheels wearing 265/40ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires, and several GT Performance Package 2 parts, including the front springs and 33.7mm hollow front anti-roll bar. They have the same color as the grilles. The power steering, anti-lock brakes, and traction control are all uniquely calibrated for this version of the vehicle, and the automatic transmission's is programmed to upshift points about 500 rpm higher than in the regular EcoBoost Mustang. The 2.3L High Performance Package also gets other tidbits off the current GT to up its performance.

It's been quite a project, too, with members of Ford's U.S. team flying over to the Valencia plant where the company's 2.3s are made to help specify a whole new iteration of it, with a new cylinder head and larger turbo.

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