You know, there's more to driving fun than just brute horsepower and gobs of torque.
And with that in mind at man present the 2020 Ford Mustang with the high performance package.
This is the car for those of us that want usable power.
We have a few handling upgrades and the sun is out.
It's a beautiful day so watch come right right seat with me and let's see what this baby can do.
[SOUND] The high performance package is a $4,995 option that gives you just a little bit of power by taking the The 2.3 liter out of the Focus RS.
And then I'm doing some engineering magic to make it work for this rear-wheel drive application.
Now why would you take a 2.3 liter out of a Focus RS, when the base Mustang already has a 2.3 liter?
Well, there's a lot of different reasons, but, essentially, it all boils down to the fact that this motor here can withstand more pressure And that means you can have more boost, which means you can have a better turbo charger, which means you can have more power.
Now the power gains are modest To be sure I've got 332 here with a high performance package versus 310 in the face and the torque remains the same at 350 pounds.
Remember, it's more than just numbers.
It's also about power delivery.
So peak torque comes in at about 3000 rpm and it remains totally flat up until 4040 100 and I've got 90% of my horsepower all the way up to the red line.
Which is at 6500 rpm.
Now I've also got a six speed manual transmission.
So that means that I can pretty much bang it off the rev limiter when I'm doing some straight line speed.
But when I get into the twist, is like this, all I gotta do is downshift, get through the turn, and I can power out with a quick exit.
At speed cuz the torque is right there right where I want it.
Now the bummer is that this tester does not have the optional handling package for an extra $2,000, which is totally worth the money, right?
They got a torsion limited slip differential with that, Pirelli Corsa tires, an upgraded sway bar and the excellent MagnaRide suspension.
[UNKNOWN] I mean it's ok.
A three fifty five [UNKNOWN].
I mean it's not bad it's just that I'd spent the money on a handling package.
It's like the only thing that I don't like about this car is It's exhausting.
I mean, like, you guys might like it, but it just sounds like a fart in a coffee can.
I mean come on.
This is still on the NA 2.3 liter turbo engine.
It's not trying to make it sound like something it's not.
We got a few different styling cues to let you know you're in a NHPP car front faces got a few little tweaks to it.
I really liked the gloss black grill with the red white and blue vintage Pony logo on the front.
I just think it adds a nice touch inside got a couple of different gauges here in the front and there's even a chassis numbering system so you know exactly what order your baby was born in.
This one is number 11.
And look, you guys, I'm not dogging on the Mustang's V8, okay.
I really like it, especially in the GT350.
It's just that there's so few places where you can actually use all of that power.
And like what are you gonna take it to the track everyday?
I mean, no, of course you're not gonna do that.
You're gonna drive your Mustang daily And maybe every other weekend you're gonna take it out to the back rods.
And if that's the case, this is probably the Mustang for you.
The 2024 Mustang starts at about But this one here's got an extra five grand for the high performance package, it does not have the $2,000 handling package, and it's also a convertible, bringing the total price up to right around $40,000 including the $1,095 buckaroos for destination.
Now I've only driven this guy for a couple of hours, but I've got to say, I dig it.
And the good news for you is, they are in available showrooms right now.