Efficiency automobiles aren’t all the time about brute power. In any case, what good is great energy if the automobile would not know the best way to use it? That is why I just like the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost with its new Excessive Efficiency Bundle possibility. Not solely does it give the turbocharged ‘Stang an influence increase, it comes with the upgrades essential to ship it exactly.
The Excessive Efficiency Bundle would not use a retuned model of the Mustang’s 2.Three-liter turbo-four engine. As an alternative, it borrows the two.Three-liter turbo engine from the Ford Focus RS, which has been reworked to suit a rear-wheel-drive software. The RS’ engine can deal with larger revs and extra stress, so it has been outfitted with a bigger turbocharger, pushing out 22 psi of increase, in contrast with the bottom Mustang’s 18 psi. The result’s 332 horsepower — 22 greater than the usual EcoBoost Mustang — and a wholesome 350 pound-feet of torque.
However the numbers solely inform a part of the story. As they are saying in comedy, it is all within the supply. The HPP Mustang pushes out peak torque between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm. Even higher, the torque curve is flat from Three,000 to Four,000 rpm, and the engine can produce 90% of its horsepower at a sustained 6,500-rpm redline.
Meaning there is a ton of energy regardless of the place you might be within the rev vary, and regardless of the gear. Go exhausting in first gear and you will hit 40 miles per hour earlier than you might want to upshift to second. Ford says the HPP Mustang can speed up to 60 mph within the mid-Four-second vary, on its approach to a high velocity of 155 mph — a 34-mph improve over the bottom Mustang, assuming you’ve got the area to hit such a v-max.
After all, winding the Mustang out in each gear will wreck your gas economic system. The HPP Mustang is not notably environment friendly, however Ford says it is nonetheless able to returning an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon mixed.
The Excessive Efficiency Bundle is on the market on each the Mustang EcoBoost coupe and convertible. For those who actually need the perfect expertise, you’ll be able to add an optionally available dealing with pack on high of the HPP upgrades that will get you a bigger sway bar, Torsen limited-slip differential, MagneRide dampers and sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa Four tires. It is a $1,995 possibility on high of the $Four,995 HPP improve, and sadly, my check automobile would not have it. Womp womp.
Nothing higher than a stupendous day and a convertible automobile with a guide transmission.
However once more, the HPP therapy is not nearly energy. For that $Four,995 value, you get strut tower bracing, a non-Torsen (learn: not pretty much as good) limited-slip differential, sticky-but-not-super-sticky Pirelli P Zero tires and the bigger entrance brakes from the Mustang GT. The automobile’s electronics have been recalibrated to chill out the steadiness management’s have to intervene, and the antilock brakes and 5 drive modes are barely much less buttoned-up for extra hooning enjoyable.
With Sport+ mode engaged and the adjustable steering set to Monitor, the Mustang assaults a winding backroad with gusto. At Three,758 kilos, the Mustang Convertible remains to be a heavy automobile, nevertheless it corners with excellent poise, and the flat torque curve means I can preserve the engine boiling in second gear by means of an extended sequence of back-and-forth curves.
Sadly, the four-cylinder Mustang would not sound notably good. It is best in Monitor mode, the place I can hear just a few throaty backfires once I upshift at redline. However I’ve to reset the exhaust programming each time I begin the automobile; it doesn’t matter what, the Mustang defaults to Regular, the place it seems like a fart in a espresso can.
Visually, the Mustang HPP will get a bigger entrance splitter, stomach pan and brake cooling ramps, all of which come from the Mustang GT’s efficiency package deal. I just like the old-school purple, white and blue badging on the gloss-black grille and rear fascia, one other a part of the HPP improve. Inside, drivers get two extra gauges, on for oil stress and one other for turbo increase. HPP Mustangs additionally get a chassis-numbered plaque on the dashboard.
The Excessive Efficiency Bundle is on the market on each the coupe and convertible Mustang.
The EcoBoost Mustang will get a good quantity of speed-shenanigans know-how, together with Line Lock for the perfect smoky burnouts, in addition to a collection of observe apps like lap and acceleration timers, a brake efficiency meter and launch management. Infotainment tech is managed by Ford’s wonderful Sync Three multimedia system with normal Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the HPP Mustang may be had with blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping help and adaptive cruise management.
The 2020 Ford Mustang begins proper round $27,000, and my convertible check automobile with the Excessive Efficiency Bundle is available in at $40,260, together with $1,095 for vacation spot. For those who’re pondering of selecting one up, positively spring for the $1,995 dealing with package deal, if just for the excellent MagneRide dampers.
The burning query is, why get a HPP Mustang when a base, 5.Zero-liter GT prices roughly the identical quantity? It is a honest conundrum, in any case — it is exhausting to argue in opposition to the GT’s 460-horsepower V8.
Truthfully, I choose the stability and dynamics of the much less highly effective however better-handling HPP Mustang. What this automobile lacks in outright energy it makes up for with higher on-road manners. Ignoring this package deal simply because it would not have a V8 can be a giant, massive mistake.
A couple of further gauges and a chassis-number plaque are added to HPP Mustang interiors.