The new EcoBoost Mustang High Performance Package will cost almost $5,000 and add only 20 horsepower.
Last month, Ford revealed a new High Performance Package for Mustang’s equipped with the 2.3-L EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder engine. It basically swaps in the engine from the Focus RS and boosts output from 310 to 330 horsepower. Torque remains the same at 350 lb-ft.
The Focus RS got 350 hp, so we’re not sure why the Mustang didn’t get those 20 extra horses.
In addition to the High Performance Pack, the EcoBoost Mustang also gets an available Handling Package which provides many of the same upgrades found on the Mustang GT Performance Pack. This includes Ford’s MagneRide magnetic damping suspension, a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, sway bars, and wider 19x9.5-inch rims wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires.
At the time, Ford just told us that the packages would be available this fall, but didn’t provide pricing. Now, thanks to CarsDirect.com, that pricing has been revealed, and we’re not sure if it’s worth it.
CarsDirect got their hands on a leaked order guide and then had it verified by a Ford spokesperson. What they found was the High Performance Package would be a $4,995 add-on to the base EcoBoost Mustang, which would bring it to $32,760 including destination. The Handling Package would be another $1,995, but it would also require the Equipment Group 101A package (a $2,000 charge), for a total of $36,755.
That’s a lot, considering a base Mustang GT costs $35,355 and comes with a big V8 engine.
Admittedly, the EcoBoost Mustang does come with a lot of performance upgrades that significantly improve the car’s handling and track viability. But given the choice between a track-focused turbo 4-cylinder and a big, hulking V8, we think most would choose the V8 every time.
Or they might opt for the Chevy Camaro 1LE, which starts at $32,490 for the V6-equipped model.
Has Ford maybe mis-priced this package a little bit? It’s hard to say. Perhaps it’ll be more popular overseas, but we can’t see it unseating the GT trim here in North America.