2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package Road Test and Review

It’s a mouthful, however the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High End Package will probably be everyone’s new favorite pony vehicle. Sure, Ford has additionally launched the Shelby GT 500, packing a crazy 760 horsepower, but that’s incredibly specialized. This High End Package (HPP) brings the excitement to potentially more and more people.

If anybody has wondered why Ford never made an RS form of the Mustang, the actual way it did using the Fiesta and concentrate (superb cars, incidentally), this is it. The engine is really in the Focus RS, shifted through 90 levels to allow rear-wheel drive. But we’re getting in front of ourselves, that is easy related to this vehicle. Let’s go step by glorious step.

Equipment

Let’s begin with an essential aspect that doesn’t originate from Ford. The tires, sized 255/40 on 19-inch alloy wheels each and every corner (no staggered widths), are Pirelli P Zero. They are attempted, tested, and reliable, appearing on the majority of performance machines due to their grip and feel.

Our Prime Performance Package includes the ex-RS engine, a front strut tower brace (for added rigidity), a restricted-slip rear differential, an energetic exhaust system with four tailpipes, beefier-than-standard anti-roll bars, bigger (compared to base Mustang) brake dvds with 4-piston calipers in advance, plus various aerodynamic and suspension changes. Every 2020 Mustang also gains FordPass Connect, where proprietors can lock/unlock and look for their parked vehicle using their smartphone.

Options

The large choice is the Handling package for coupe (also called Fastback) versions. This brings wider 265/40 Pirelli P Zero tires, Ford’s MagneRide adaptive suspension, a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential, stiffer springs, as well as an even beefier rear anti-roll bar. We’d recommend selecting this method when the finances allow. In the end, there’s little reason for taking a high-performance version and never taking advantage of it.

Buyers of either the coupe or even the convertible model may select a 10-speed automatic transmission within the standard-issue six-speed manual and Recaro sport front seats. Infotainment options range from the Sync 3 system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, while voice control and navigation can also be found.

Engine and Transmissions

Simply because the bottom Mustang includes a similarly turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine because the HPP, don’t believe that this really is just a workout in tweaking. A few of the internals, like the cylinder mind, are upgraded and also the twin-scroll turbocharger is bigger. The engine can also be cooled with a bigger radiator.

The important figures are impressive for any production four-cylinder engine: 332 hp and 350 lb-foot of torque. What’s also sweet would be that the powerband is great and wide, with many of this muscle being readily available between 2,500 and 5,300 revoltions per minute. As pointed out, the conventional transmission is really a six-speed manual in the Getrag company (there’s no rev-matching feature, though), while an in-house 10-speed automatic is around the options list.

Performance

The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High End Package, since it’s name suggests, adds some welcome muscle towards the entry-level Mustang. We don’t have official dead stop-to-60 miles per hour occasions, however the seat in our pants informs us the 2020 Mustang HPP is wonderfully quick.

Look for a twisting mountain road and there’s ample speed to obtain the adrenaline going — and the thought of emailing Ford by way of thanking the organization for fitting bigger brakes isn’t a long way away. Consider this: The Mustang HPP’s four-cylinder engine makes the type of energy that V8 engines could barely manage only a number of years back. And getting more cylinders underneath the hood adds weight, the enemy of performance and fuel efficiency.

Ride and Handling

This is actually the perfect complement towards the horsepower. We’ve already discussed the Mustang HPP’s excellent weight balance, that is 53/47 front to rear. It makes sense a front finish that doesn’t just transition easily from left to right and again, it positively flows through corners.

It truly takes some pushing through the driver to induce any understeer (in which the front tires progressively quit their grip). Steering feel — an uncommon virtue since electrical assistance grew to become standard — is instantly perceptible, and it’ll relay exactly what the nose does. Several factors lead for this special setup. The lighter engine, strut tower brace, and Pirelli tires, for instance. The Mustang HPP also offers a trip quality that’s forgiving and bearable for that usual commute.

Drive Modes

One button within the center console scrolls one of the driving modes which will alter the responses from the throttle, steering (additional weight within the sportier setting), transmission shift points within the automatic, suspension reactions from the optional MagneRide setup, and just how much leeway the traction/stability control systems allows before kicking in.

Annoyingly, the button works one way only. So to return to, say, Sport mode, entails getting to click on other presets like Drag and Track. We’d imagine nearly all motorists may wish to click between Normal and Sport in most conditions. This really is one factor that requires improving.

Exterior Design

The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High End Package isn’t no more than the stuff underneath the skin. The vehicle has a special sculpted hood design which includes a set of vents. The leading lip can also be more pronounced, interesting, and aerodynamically effective compared to one around the base ’Stang, as the grille badge is moved off and away to one for reds instead of stored within the center. The grille is blacked out.

There are several model-specific badges quietly, black-colored alloy wheels, as well as an understated rear spoiler. The Mustang HPP can also be offered in certain interesting colors like Grabber Lime and Twister Orange.

Home Design

Due to the wondrous cornering abilities in the 2020 Mustang HPP, the not compulsory Recaro seats are the ideal call. They have got more side support when compared with stock products, but they are still comfortable enough for many people.

The driver’s instrument panel features a switched-aluminum finish, and houses gauges for your turbo boost and oil pressure. The dashboard bears a silver plaque perfect in the center console. Otherwise, our prime Performance Package doesn’t really encroach upon the conventional Mustang’s cabin much. But it’s always an excitement to press the Engine Start button.