Affordable muscle is alive and well.
Those who were disappointed Ford dropped the V6 or who simply want a more powerful EcoBoost engine in the Mustang were likely delighted by the 2020 Mustang High Performance Package’s reveal last month. This new track-inspired package is aimed directly at enthusiasts as part of the pony car’s 55th-anniversary celebrations. In short, the HPP blends the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine from the Focus RS with specifically chosen components from the V8-powered Mustang GT.
Set to go on sale this fall, Cars Direct has uncovered the option package’s pricing. The package itself will run for $4,995 and when paired to a 2020 EcoBoost Mustang coupe the total figure comes to $32,760 with destination. This also includes the $275 increase for all 2020 Mustangs.
To compare, the base Mustang GT begins at $36,725, a $3,965 price difference. Aside from an increase of 20 hp for a new total of 330 hp, with torque remaining at 350 lb-ft, this package also tacks on the Mustang GT’s brakes, rear spoiler, and front lip spoiler – the latter coming directly from the Mustang GT Performance Package.
Ford also included a shock tower brace, bigger front and rear sway bars, a 3.55 rear axle ratio with a limited-slip differential, wider Pirelli summer tires combined with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, and retuned steering, braking, stability control, and suspension. The most noticeable cosmetic difference is the dark grey grille. The High Performance Pack can be purchased with both the EcoBoost coupe and convertible, with either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.
The EcoBoost Handling Package, an additional $1,995, is reserved for the coupe only. However, it also requires the Equipment Group 101A package – another $2,000 – that adds selectable drive modes, Sync3, and the MagneRide damping system. Add it all up and you’re looking at $36,755 (with the six-speed) all in. That’s actually $30 more than a base Mustang GT.
If buyers decide to forgo the Handling Pack, then a manual-equipped EcoBoost with the High Performance Package will be only $270 more than a Camaro 1LE equipped with the 335-hp V6, according to Chevy’s 2019 pricing (2020’s numbers have yet to be announced). Not a bad time to be in the market for an affordable muscle car.