As drivers increasingly want more performance for less money, Ford is stepping things up with a new package available for EcoBoost Mustangs. Designed for autocross and track events, the High Performance Package makes a strong case for itself, with impressive power and fine-tuned handling capability. Coming in fall of 2020, Ford will soon have a direct answer to compete with Chevy's Camaro Turbo 1LE. And that seems like a great way to celebrate the Mustang's 55th anniversary.
May 28, 2019 - Alleged Order Guides for Mustang High Performance Package Show Pricing of $4,995
According to Ford Authority, reportedly leaked order guides are showing pricing of $4,995 for the upcoming High Performance Package (HPP), which will be available on Mustang EcoBoosts beginning in fall of 2019. The EcoBoost Handling Package add-on has been said to cost an additional $1,995.
This would mean that the most affordable Mustang High Performance Package can be had for an MSRP of $31,390, or $32,485 with the destination charge of $1,095 included. This will put it in direct competition with Chevy’s Camaro Turbo 1LE. For Mustang fans looking to purchase a new EcoBoost, choosing a trim level will certainly be a challenging decision; the base EcoBoost HPP has an MSRP that is virtually identical ($20 less) to the EcoBoost Premium without the HPP. Whether you opt for the more track-focused High Performance Package or the added creature comforts and luxury features of the Premium trim, you’re getting immense value for a price just over $30,000. Just be careful with the options and packages that you tack on, otherwise you’ll be tempted to start looking at the Mustang GT...once you drive the V8, it’s hard to resist!
April 15, 2019 - Ford Officially Announces 2020 Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package
The offset pony badge and hood stripes give the High Performance Package a unique and stylish look
The car that many have been calling the “Mustang SVO” has been officially announced by Ford, and instead of a new trim level, it’s a package for the existing EcoBoost Mustang. Called the “High Performance Package” (already being shortened to HPP), it offers track-focused upgrades and the most impressive EcoBoost performance to date.
The High Performance Package is only available for EcoBoost Mustangs
Taking upgrades from both GT and GT Performance Package Mustangs, this is Ford’s most powerful, highest-performing 4-cylinder Mustang ever, by a wide margin. In fact, Ford calls it “the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker.” With a mid-four second 0-60mph and a top speed of 155 mph, this pony is specifically designed for autocross. It can be had with either the 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
A unique, serialized plaque with High Performance logo on the dashboard adds a distinctive touch
You can think of it as being inspired by the Focus RS, and Ford’s not shy about letting people know that this package started as a passion project involving an engine swap of the hot hatch’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost into a Mustang. The new Mustang HPP doesn’t quite match the discontinued Focus RS’ 350hp and stays equal in torque, with 350 lb-ft (the same as base EcoBoosts). The real performance benefits come from the handling and the way in which that torque is delivered. Mustang chief engineer Carl Widmann notes that the HPP offers a “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.”
The most notable performance features of the High Performance Package include:
- Larger 63mm twin-scroll turbocharger
- High-performance cylinder head from Focus RS
- Die-cast aluminum block from Focus RS
- Larger radiator
- Performance calibration with five selectable drive-modes
- Brakes from Mustang GT with 13.9-inch front rotors
- Brake-cooling ramps from GT Performance Package
- 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle
- Fully active quad-tip exhaust system with signature tuned sound
- Alloy strut tower brace
- 19” x 9” machined-face aluminum wheels
- 255/40R summer tires
The High Performance Package is available on both EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium Mustangs and replaces the performance package. Unfortunately, selecting the HPP does mean that many packages won’t be available, including the Black Accent Package, Carbon Sport Package, Wheel and Stripe Package, and Pony Package. The HPP makes up for this lack of appearance boosting packages by including a few exterior styling cues of its own that play into its track-focused theme and are exclusive to the HPP.
- Black front splitter from Mustang GT
- Blacked-out grille with offset pony tri-bar emblem
- GT-style gas cap rear emblem with running pony
- 2.3L High Performance fender flare badges
- Magnetic Gray side mirrors
- Magnetic Gray raised blade rear spoiler
- Hood stripes
- Engine-spun instrument panel with oil pressure and turbo boost gauges
- Serialized dash plaque with High Performance logo
The rear of the HPP shows off the stealthy gray spoiler, quad-exhaust, and center-cap pony badge
There’s also going to be a new EcoBoost Handling Package, available as an option only on High Performance Package Mustangs. Designed to increase lateral grip and stopping power, this seems like a no-brainer add-on for drivers that will be spending their weekends at autocross events. Its features include:
- Semi-metallic brakes
- Specially-calibrated MagneRide dampers
- TORSEN 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle
- Wider 19x9.5-inch premium painted aluminum wheels
- 265/40R Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer tires
- Thicker 24mm solid rear sway bar
Prices have yet to be announced, but based on the existing Performance Packages, we estimate that you’ll have to shell out an additional $3,250 or so to get the HPP on your $26,490 base EcoBoost. That should make it a great value proposition to compete head-to-head with its rival, the Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE, which starts at just under $31,000.
We’re excited for the HPP EcoBoost to hit the streets, which Ford anticipates will happen this coming fall.
April 8, 2019 - Suspected 2020 Mustang SVO Spotted Testing in Detroit
Is this vehicle an upcoming Mustang SVO? Mustang ST? There aren’t any names yet, but many suspect that this test car, captured in spy shots by Ford Authority and Motor 1, is the upcoming 2020 entry-level performance trim Mustang. This variant was confirmed to be in the works by sources at Ford several days earlier, so this Race Red mule seems like a good candidate. It’s only been spotted on the track so far and has yet to appear on public roads.
There’s no word on what Ford might call this new Mustang, or even if it will get its own trim versus just being an option package. However, many are already calling it the SVO, at least for now. While the ST moniker could also be used, this seems less probable. The ST badge has been used for performance editions of non-performance Ford models, so there could be a risk of brand dilution if it were used in the Mustang line.
If you’re wondering why Mustang enthusiasts are abuzz about the return of an SVO nameplate, we have to go back a few decades to look at the history. Back in 1984, the Mustang SVO was added to the line-up, offering the first-ever turbocharged engine in a Mustang. Named for Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations Department, it offered a performance-focused package, including revised suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Though it was a unique model with an engine that was more efficient than the GT’s V8 and equal in power output, it was actually more expensive than the GT and didn’t have the same name recognition. Sales floundered and the SVO was dropped after two model years.
Should Ford bring back the SVO nameplate, you can be almost certain that it will cost less than a GT, acting as a mid-level option between the EcoBoost and the V8 GT. However, as in 1984, a turbo four-cylinder seems like the most likely powerplant for this new model. Ford could go back to adding a V6 to the line-up, but this seems unlikely. If they were to do so, the 2.7 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 from the Edge ST seems a prime candidate. However, any kind of new V8 is definitely a pipe dream.
It seems very plausible that this car will use a re-tuned version of the existing 2.3 liter EcoBoost motor. Those in the enthusiast circle are predicting and hoping for an output around the 350 hp mark, which should definitely be attainable based on existing tunes and upgrades. That would give it a noticeable boost from the current EcoBoost’s 310 hp, without treading into the GT’s 460 hp territory.
Perhaps this new Mustang will feature some upgrades from Ford Performance, such as a tune, cold air intake, suspension, and exhaust system. This, in addition to the mild exterior tweaks, could make a really compelling package if the price is right. This model was seen with the front splitter and small decklid spoiler from the current performance package. The wheels are also new to the Mustang line, as are the black mirror caps and the unique black hood stripes.
We’re excited to see what Ford will do with this new trim, so stay tuned as we hope to learn more from the upcoming New York Auto Show in just a couple of weeks.
Image Credit: Ford Authority | Motor 1