As expected, Ford is giving the 2020 Mustang the 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the recently departed Focus RS. To celebrate the Mustang’s 55th birthday, the 2020 Mustang EcoBoost is now available with a new 2.3L High Performance Package that puts a nice 330 horsepower under the hood.
“The Ford Performance Focus RS 2.3-liter engine is a high-revving marvel, and anyone who’s driven this EcoBoost engine instantly loves how quickly it responds and delivers power,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “When our team got the chance to try this specially built engine in a Mustang, we immediately agreed, ‘We have to do this.’”
To start, the 2020 2.3L High Performance Package adds the 2.3L turbocharged engine with 330 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford says that it’s capable of reaching 0-60 mph in the mid-four-second range, with a top speed of 155 mph, a 10 mph gain over the 2019 EcoBoost Performance Package and 34 mph faster than the base EcoBoost Mustang. The four-cylinder can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.
The package also adds a fully active quad-tip exhaust system, an alloy strut tower brace at the front, larger four-piston fixed calipers with 13.9-inch front rotors from Mustang GT, a 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle, and 19-inch wheels. The power steering, antilock braking and stability control have also been tweaked.
To help it stand out the 2.3L High Performance Package adds a large black front splitter and belly pan, brake cooling ramps from the Mustang GT Performance Package, a blacked-out grille, 2.3L High Performance Package side badges, magnetic gray side mirrors, a raised blade rear spoiler and a unique metallic gray stripe on the hood.
If you want even more performance, the EcoBoost Handling Package adds semi-metallic brakes, special MagneRide dampers, a TORSEN 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle, a 24-millimeter solid rear sway bar and wider 19×9.5-inch premium painted aluminum wheels with 265/40R Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer tires.
The 2020 Ford Mustang with the 2.3L High Performance Package will arrive this fall.