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High Performance Package revealed in New York gives new life to the engine from the Focus RS.

The Ford Mustang deserves a V8, and it's a good thing that it has one. But the EcoBoost model presents far more than a lesser-than proposal – and the new High Performance Package on display at the 2019 New York Auto Show makes that prospect that much more tempting.

The package gives new life to the 2.3-liter turbo four from the Focus RS, delivering 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. It's the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever offered in the Mustang, delivering a 0-60 mph time projected in the mid-four-second range.

Though it packs the same amount of torque, it's 20 horses more powerful than the base EcoBoost model, edging that much closer to (though still a good way's off from) the eight-cylinder Mustang GT (with 460 hp and 420 lb-ft). With a wide torque curve, the High Performance model will also top out at 155 mph – 10 mph faster than the existing EcoBoost Performance Package and 34 mph faster than the base EcoBoost Mustang.

The package also includes an alloy strut-tower brace, limited slip differential, and larger four-piston brake calipers and the 13.9-inch front discs from the Mustang GT.

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The steering, stability control, and ABS have also been recalibrated for this model. And a slew of visual cues set it apart from "lesser" Mustangs, including a black front splitter and grille (with offset pony emblem), rear spoiler, gray side mirror caps and hood stripe, special badges, and specific 19-inch machined alloys. Even the interior's spruced up with an engine-turned instrument panel and special serial plate.

You can still get it with either a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic. And buyers can also spec the new EcoBoost High Performance Package with wider wheels, Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber, a further-enhanced suspension, and more.