Parts-bin engineering is a time-honored performance trick among automakers. In practice, that often means taking hop-up parts or a more powerful engine out of a larger car and dropping it into a smaller, lighter one. In fact, that’s largely how muscle cars came to be in the first place. In the case of this new 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package, though, the Blue Oval is turning convention on its head by taking the engine out of its smaller Focus RS hot hatch and throwing it into its larger muscle car.
Debuting just in time for the Mustang’s 55th anniversary, the new model will roll out on Wednesday, April 17 as part of the festivities for National Mustang Day, and it’ll also be on display at the New York Auto Show this week.
Available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles, this new Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package cribs the Valencia, Spain-built 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder out of the recently discontinued Ford Focus RS, spins it 45 degrees, and drops it into the engine bay of Ford’s latest pony car. As one good performance parts-bin raid deserves another, the EcoBoost High Performance borrows a bunch of parts from various other existing Mustang models, too. With a performance parts catalog as deep as that of today’s Mustang, this “bitsa car” approach looks to be a sound one (bitsa this, bitsa that…).