2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Pack Review: High Times
When you think Mustang, you probably don’t think about a turbocharged four-cylinder. The original pony car may have rounded into a full-fledged sports car that we can reasonably pit against the best sports coupes out there, but it’s still muscular at its core.
But Ford does offer a different take on the Mustang as its base model, serving it up with a turbocharged four-cylinder (instead of a V-8) that’s good for hijinks of its own. And for the 2020 model year, the Mustang EcoBoost adds a new High Performance Package that promises to add even more fun.
Ford already offered an EcoBoost Performance Package for the 2019 Mustang, and the HPP builds on it. Both offer a 3.55:1 ratio limited-slip rear axle, 19-inch wheels, additional gauges, larger brakes, a rear wing on fastback models, heavy-duty front springs, a thicker rear sway bar and unique chassis tuning. That’s quite a list already, but the HPP also adds more styling details, active performance exhaust and, most important, a new engine. I headed to Sausalito, Calif., just north of San Francisco, to see how much performance the new package actually adds.