Components-bin engineering is a time-honored efficiency trick amongst automakers. In follow, that always means taking hop-up components or a extra engine out of a bigger automotive and dropping it right into a smaller, lighter one. Actually, that is largely how muscle automobiles got here to be within the first place. Within the case of this new 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency Bundle, although, the Blue Oval is popping conference on its head by taking the engine out of its smaller Focus RS sizzling hatch and throwing it into its bigger muscle automotive.
Debuting simply in time for the Mustang’s 55th anniversary, the brand new mannequin will roll out on Wednesday, April 17 as a part of the festivities for Nationwide Mustang Day, and it will even be on show on the New York Auto Present this week.
Out there in each Coupe and Convertible physique types, this new Mustang EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency Bundle cribs the Valencia, Spain-built 2.Three-liter turbocharged four-cylinder out of the not too long ago discontinued, spins it 45 levels, and drops it into the engine bay of Ford’s newest pony automotive. As one good efficiency parts-bin raid deserves one other, the EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency borrows a bunch of components from varied different present fashions, too. With a efficiency components catalog as deep as that of at this time’s Mustang, this “bitsa automotive” method seems to be to be a sound one (bitsa this, bitsa that…).
Born of a small cadre of Mustang engineers questioning “What if..?,” this car was conceived largely as an after-hours, shoestring-budget mission. All-in, the EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency Bundle solely took about 10 months to return collectively — an unusually quick gestation interval — even for one thing nicely in need of an all-new mannequin.
This being a efficiency automotive, the very first thing you may wish to learn about is the ability figures: The two.Three-liter turbo 4 gives an estimated 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel. That is comparatively near the present base Mustang EcoBoost’s scores of 310 hp and 350 pound-feet, however Ford assures that the brand new engine’s character is markedly snarlier, choosing up torque decrease on the tachometer and sounding considerably extra aggressive, in addition.
The two.Three-liter engine hangs about 150 kilos much less over the Stang’s nostril in comparison with the 5.Zero-liter V8 GT.
To that finish, a singular turbo with a 5%-larger, 63-millimeter twin scroll compressor has been developed for this utility and a bigger radiator have been fitted, as nicely. Moreover, pedal mapping, transmission shift schedules, ABS, stability management and the usual multi-mode exhaust have all been tuned particularly for this mannequin. The latter pops and crackles liberally on overrun when set to full-angry mode, not not like a sizzling hatch.
Zero-to-60 mph is estimated at four.5 seconds and high velocity is restricted to 155 mph.
(For comparability’s sake, the 5.Zero-liter V8 GT places out 460 hp and 420 pound-feet, hitting 60 mph a few half-second faster. Nonetheless, GTs weigh about 200 kilos greater than EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency fashions.)
Efficiency-Pack-equipped fashions like this earn half-inch wider wheels carrying Pirelli PZero Corsa4 summer time tires.
Stick and transfer
After all, Ford did not simply cosy the more-powerful engine Focus RS engine in between the Stang’s fenders and name it a day, there are visible and suspension mods, too.
From entrance to again, visually, the EHP picks up the extra aggressive splitter and aero-smoothing stomach pan from the GT Efficiency Pack. Different visible telltales embody a blacked-out grille with an uneven tri-bar pony emblem hewing to the driving force’s aspect, in addition to model-specific badging and delicate metallic grey “whisker” stripes alongside the hood’s character strains. Out again, you may discover a rear lip spoiler swiped from the GT, in addition to a fake rear fuel cap that is just like the one on the.
Observe the GT entrance splitter, hood decal “whiskers” and the horse inset asymmetrically within the blacked-out grille.
Simply as importantly, the automotive’s suspension has been tuned with particular shocks, springs and anti-roll bars, plus a entrance strut-tower brace kinds a bridge over the engine for improved stiffness.
The EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency comes commonplace on 255/40R Pirelli summer time rubber mounted on 19 by 9-inch alloys. Brakes have been borrowed from the bottom Mustang GT, and brake cooling ramps have been liberated from the GT Efficiency Bundle’s record of package, too.
On the within, modifications are minimal from different Stangs, with essentially the most noticeable options being a serialized dashboard plaque and an instrument panel with oil stress and turbo increase gauges nestled with an engine-turned aluminum encompass.
A serialized sprint plaque is amongst only a few model-specific cabin modifications.
Here is the place issues get somewhat complicated. The Ford Mustang EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency Bundle can also be accessible with an non-compulsory EcoBoost Dealing with Bundle. That is proper, you possibly can order a bundle on high of the bundle.
Atop the whole lot talked about above, Ford’s EcoBoost Dealing with Bundle consists of MagneRide adaptive damping, a Three.55:1 Torsen limited-slip rear axle, half-inch-wider 19 by 9.5-inch alloys carrying Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer time tires, and fitment of larger rear anti-roll bar (24 millimeters, up from 21.7) swiped from the Efficiency Pack II V8 and semi-metallic brake pads.
Given all of its turn-sharper, corner-flatter goodies and the turbo’s enhanced low-end torque, we won’t assist however surprise if this lighter mannequin may very well be capable of outperform the more-powerful V8 GT on an autocross course (or perhaps a tight mountain street).
A multi-mode exhaust with Regular, Sport, Monitor and schedulable Quiet mode is commonplace.
All of that is good-sounding stuff, however we want Ford had cooked up a devoted mannequin identify for the underlying Mustang EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency, as a substitute of simply designating it a Bundle. Regardless of largely being a parts-bin mission, the completed Tornado Orange coupe seen right here appears each distinctive and funky sufficient to warrant a correct identify, which might additionally keep away from the complicated package-on-a-package nonsense.
The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Excessive Efficiency Bundle goes on sale this fall, with pricing set to be launched nearer to its arrival in sellers.