Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package vs. EcoBoost Performance Package

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When Ford announced the 2.3L High Performance Package (HPP) for the 2020 Ford Mustang, some wondered whether it will be offered in conjunction with the EcoBoost Performance Package (EPP) offered currently. We recently confirmed with Ford officials that the Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package will completely replace the EcoBoost Performance Package, making us take a deep dive into how the Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package compares to the EcoBoost Performance Pack.

Here’s how both packages stack up.

2019 EcoBoost Performance Package (EPP) 2020 2.3-liter High Performance Package (HPP)
Price: $2,495.00 TBD
Powertrain
Engine: 2.3L EcoBoost – 310 horsepower, 350 lb-ft of torque Special 2.3L EcoBoost – 330 horsepower, 350 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
LSD: 3.55 Torsen Limited-slip Rear-Axle None*
Cooling: Larger radiator Larger radiator
Exhaust: Fully-active quad tip exhaust available as standalone option Fully-active quad tip exhaust standard
Chassis
Front Suspension: MacPherson strut, heavy duty MacPherson strut
MagneRide: Available as standalone option Available with optional Handling Package
Front Sway Bar: 32 mm tubular 32 mm solid
Rear Sway Bar: 21.7 mm tubular 24 mm tubular
Strut Brace: Black Painted Strut-Tower Brace Alloy Strut-Tower Brace
Other: Unique chassis tuning, EPAS, ABS, Stability Control Tuning, and five selectable drive modes Unique chassis tuning, EPAS, ABS, Stability Control Tuning, and five selectable drive modes
Front Brakes: Four-piston, 13.0-inch rotors Four-piston, 13.9-inch brake rotors (from Mustang GT)
Additional Brake Cooling: None Brake cooling ramps (from Mustang GT)
Wheels: 19×9-inch low-gloss Ebony Black-painted aluminum wheels 19×9-inch wheels
Tires: 255/40/R19 Summer-Only Tires 255/40/19 Pirelli PZero Summer-Only Tires
Exterior
Splitter: Front splitter (from Mustang GT) Black front splitter and belly pan
Grille: Regular Mustang EcoBoost Blacked-out grille with an offset Mustang tri-bar pony badge
Mirror Caps: Regular Magnetic gray side mirrors
Special Badging: None Unique 2.3L High Performance Package badge on each side (front fender)
Hood Stripes: None Unique metallic gray hood stripes
Spoiler: Performance Rear Wing (Fastback), Spoiler Delete (Convertible) Performance Rear Wing (Fastback), Spoiler Delete (Convertible)
Interior
Instrument Panel: Engine Spun Aluminum Engine Spun Aluminum
Gauges: Gauge Pack (Oil Pressure and Boost) Gauge Pack (Oil Pressure and Boost)
Plaque: None Serialized dash plaque
  • * Offered with Handling Package, which includes:
    • Semi-metallic brakes
    • MagneRide dampers
    • Torsen 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle
    • 19 x 9.5-inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 265/40R Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer tires

The Differences

On the powertrain side, the 2.3L High Performance Package offers more power and torque as a result of a unique engine closely related to that of the Focus RS. However, the HPP does not include a Limited Slip Differential as standard equipment. However, the limited slipper can be had on the HPP by getting the optional Handling Package. In addition, the HPP features the active quad-tip exhaust as standard equipment, while the outgoing EcoBoost Performance Package only featured it as an option.

On the chassis side, the biggest difference is that the Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package features more robust stabilizer bars. The front stabilizer bar on the HPP is the same size as the one on the Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package, but the bar itself is solid rather than tubular. Out back, the size of the bar increases on the HPP over the EPP. What’s more, the HPP features larger brakes (from the Mustang GT) along with brake cooling ramps.

On the outside, the Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost High Performance Package will be easier to differentiate than models with the current EcoBoost Performance Package as a result of a blacked-out grille with an offset Mustang tri-bar pony badge, magnetic gray side mirrors, unique 2.3L Performance Package badges on the front fenders, and unique metallic gray hood stripes.

Inside, the biggest difference between the 2.3L High Performance Package and the outgoing EcoBoost Performance Package is the inclusion of the serialized dash plaque on the former. This was not available on the EPP.

Availability

The new 2.3L High Performance Package will launch on the 2020 Ford Mustang this fall. It will be optional on the Fastback Coupe and Convertible models. However, the additional Handling Package will only be available for Fastback Coupe models and requires the HPP.

Pricing has not yet been announced.

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Written by Austin Rexinger

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. Thanks for doing this comparison! I was wondering what the difference was between the new High Performance Pack and the current Performance Package. The 13.9″ Front brake rotors are the base GT rotors and not the GT Performance Package rotors? Thanks again for the article!

  2. Uh, the standard Ecoboost has a clutch pack style limited slip diff, so I doubt that the performance version will have an open diff, as it appears you indicate. At least, that’s my takeaway from “*None”.

  3. Assuming there is still a LSD in the non handling pack as it currently comes with one, just the Torson is for PP

  4. Do I get new tie rod ends and front brakes for my 2011 v6 base coupe for pointing out the “error”?

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