2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L Performance Package
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2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package Costs $4,995

When coupled with the EcoBoost Handling Package, the loaded performance version of the base 2020 Mustang costs more than the V8-powered GT.
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Earlier this year, we learned that the “base” 2020 Ford Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine would benefit from a new High Performance Package. There was no pricing announced when the package was introduced and Ford still hasn’t laid out 2020 pricing yet, but the folks at CarsDirect got ahold of a new Mustang order guide and in it are the prices for the go-fast EcoBoost options.

It turns out that the 2.3L High Performance Package is actually kind of pricy and when someone adds on the other key performance upgrades for the EcoBoost models, they will pay more for a bare-bones Mustang GT with the 460-horsepower V8.

2.3L Performance Package
In case you missed our report on the introduction of the 2.3L High Performance Package for the 2020 Ford Mustang, here is a quick rundown.

The 2.3L High Performance Package begins under the hood, with a turbocharger that is 5% bigger than the standard EcoBoost unit, leading to 20 more horsepower and a wider powerband. This leads to a 0-60 time in the mid-4 second range and a top speed of 155 miles per hour, presumably with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission for the best acceleration numbers.

Next, the 2.3L High Performance Package adds the four-piston front brakes from the Mustang GT with 13.9-inch rotors, a 32-millimeter solid front sway bar, a tubular 24-inch rear sway bar, a unique tune for the electronic steering system, special calibrations for the drive modes, a 3.55 rear differential, package-specific 19x9-inch wheels and the front splitter, the belly pan and brake cooling ramps from a Mustang GT.

All of those items come with a package price of $4,955 and while the original report from CarsDirect doesn’t offer a detailed breakdown, they state that with destination fees, the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost fastback with the 6-speed manual transmission and the 2.3L Performance Package starts at $32,760. Based on the numbers that we have, the base Mustang EcoBoost fastback with destination starts around $27,765.

Handling Package
Next up, we have the EcoBoost Handling Package, which adds semi-metallic brake pads, a Torsen 3.55 limited slip differential, specially calibrated MagneRide dampers, a solid rear sway bar, 19x9.5-inch wheels and 265/40/19 Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 tires. This package costs $1,995, but it requires the 101A, leading to a total price including the 2.3L High Performance Package of $36,755 (meaning that 101A adds $2,000).

According to the original report, that is $30 more than the least expensive 2020 Ford Mustang GT, so if you want an EcoBoost Mustang that has similar brakes and aero to the GT, while offering better handling performance than the basic EcoBoost models, you will have to pay more than the price of a basic Mustang GT.

When you factor in the various requirements to get both packages, buyers will end up spending $8,990 over the price of the basic EcoBoost fastback for 20 horsepower and significantly better handling. Frankly, when you look at it like that, this premium performance EcoBoost fastback with the 2.3L Performance Package and the Handling Package might be a tough sell, but the added power and broader powerband of the 2.3L High Performance Package is likely to draw in some buyers.

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Comments

And history repeats itself... again. Guess the folks at Ford don't remember the Mustang SVO from the 80's, and how the V-8 Mustang 5.0 was always going to be the better deal. Seems like we have not progressed, other than convincing budget conscious buyers to take another look at the Camaro 2.0t.
You are so right. Mustang buyers typically want a V-8 if anything for the sound track. Ford should skip the sewing machine inline 4 and go all electric because that is where this is headed any ways.
If they are going to offer an ecoboost Mustang with a turbo 4, it needs to be priced less than the V-8. Not sure why they don't get this...