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2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package: $5,000

Pricing Pushes The Mustang EcoBoost Above The Camaro V6 1LE

No, the Ford Mustang SVO isn’t making a return, at least not yet, but the Blue Oval will offer something mighty similar with the 2020 Mustang High Performance Package. The price could make a Mustang GT quickly seem like the better buy.

Cars Direct reported last Friday the 2020 Mustang with the new go-fast package will add an extra $4,995 to the sale price. The extra coin unlocks 20 more horsepower from the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, shared with the Focus RS hot hatch. Buyers will find 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap. The final price for the extra power comes out to $32,760 with a mandatory destination charge.

However, it’s not just about the power upgrades. Ford also touted improved and more aggressive aerodynamics, a new exhaust system with unique tuning, and an upgraded suspension.

The brand will also offer a Handling Package that swaps in 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires, a rear sway bar, and MagneRide damping system among other goodies. Buyers will need to first purchase the Performance Package before the handling goodies become available. All said and done, it’ll run $36,755 with a manual transmission onboard. The 10-speed automatic? Another $1,595. We’d stick with the stick.

Ford has the Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE directly in its sights with this High Performance Package for the Mustang EcoBoost, even though it already has a distinct power advantage. However, the bowtie brand also offers the 1LE package with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine good for 335 hp with a load of handling improvements. The package runs $4,500 on the Camaro V6, and brings the MSRP to at least $32,490, undercutting the Ford.

At $36,725—just a few thousand more than the Mustang High Performance Package—a Mustang GT isn’t too far of a stretch from the turbo-4-powered pony car, either. With Ford holding the top spot in the sales race against the Camaro and Dodge Challenger, perhaps its pricing strategy is a way to test the market.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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