Ford Offers Power Upgrades For EcoBoost And V-8 Mustangs
Can’t wait until the updated ’Stang arrives in 2018? Check out Ford Performance Parts’ new packagesby Ciprian Florea, on
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang will soon receive a facelift for the 2018 model, which may also bring a bit more power to the rear wheels, but until that happens, you can add more oomph to the existing pony car via Ford Performance Parts. Specifically, FoMoCo’s aftermarket division is now offering power upgrades for both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines and the good news is that they are legal in all 50 states and won’t void your car’s warranty.
So what do these upgrades have to offer?
First up, the EcoBoost performance calibration kit boosts peak horsepower and torque by 25 horses and 70 pound-feet, respectively. When applied to the drivetrain, it gives the Mustang EcoBoost a total output of 335 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That’s only 10 pound-feet less than the stock, V-8-powered Mustang GT! The EcoBoost also benefits from substantial gains throughout the powerband, including a 100-horsepower increase at 6,000 rpm. This kit, which includes a cold air intake and a Pro Cal 3 calibration interface, costs only $699.
Moving over to the Mustang GT, it receives a trio of power packages for its V-8 engine, marking the first time Ford has offered more than one performance calibration for a single mill. The first pack features a unique performance calibration and high-flow air filter, which delivers peak gains of 13 horsepower and 16 pound-feet of torque for a new output of 448 horses and 416 pound-feet. The second kit includes a cold air intake, 87-millimeter throttle body, and an intake adapter from the Shelby GT350 Mustang. This one adds 21 horsepower and 24 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a final output of 456 horses and 424 pound-feet.
Finally, the third power pack includes all of the above, but also moves the redline up to 7,500 rpm. When this kit is installed, the V-8’s power jumps to 472 horsepower, but torque sees a mild increase of only five pound-feet over the standard model. However, the extended powerband should deliver loads of fun behind the wheel, especially during track days.
All three power packages for the V-8 also bring a unique no-lift-shift feature to manual transmission-equipped vehicles. This feature enables drivers to maximize acceleration by allowing shifts without lifting off the throttle. As far as pricing goes, the first power pack costs $599, the second one fetches $949, while the third bundle comes in at $2,395.
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Why it matters
Although the market is packed with aftermarket upgrades for the Mustang, these new packages from Ford Performance are more than welcome for enthusiasts looking to upgrade their ponies without doing too many modifications or voiding the warranty. They’re also pretty affordable too, with three of the four packages priced under one grand. Sure, these updates are no match for the supercharged packages you can get from shops like Hennessey, but it’s a simple and quick way to buy a new Mustang and upgrade it without blowing a big hole into your bank account.
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