By on October 11, 2016

2016 Ford Mustang GT

Mustang GT and EcoBoost owners can now revel in the pleasures of warranty-compliant performance upgrades from Ford Performance Parts.

The 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder can now be paired with a cold air intake and engine recalibration that Ford says raises peak horsepower by 25 and bumps torque up by a notably large 70 lb-ft.

The company claims the recalibration drastically improves the EcoBoost’s power curve. Ford says that output beyond 5,500 rpm increases by an average of 75 hp and 64 lb-ft and continues to the 6,600 rpm redline.

Obviously, the 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang GT gets numerous upgrade options, too, including a 500 rpm engine redline bump and a no-lift-shift capability on manual V8s, allowing shifting without lifting off the throttle. Similar to the EcoBoost upgrade, the first V8 package includes a performance calibration and high-flow air filter, promising peak gains of 13 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque.

The second pack throws in a cold air intake with an intake adapter from the GT350, along with a sized-up throttle body. Other goodies include a 87-millimeter throttle body and intake adapter from the Shelby GT350, offering peak gains of 21 horsepower and 24 lb-ft over the stock engine. That brings peak output to 456 hp and 424 lb-ft.

The third performance boost increases the V8’s redline to 7,500 rpm, for an increase of 37 horses and 5 lb-ft.

While Ford didn’t specify if you can stack the V8’s upgrades in their press release, one could make that assumption until Ford says otherwise. All power packages are available for both manual and automatic transmission-equipped Mustangs. Automatic applications include optimized performance shift schedules.

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25 Comments on “Ford Ponies up Mustang Performance Packages for EcoBoost and V8 Models...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Offer performance packages for the V6 you jerks!

    • 0 avatar
      Featherston

      Agreed, it is disappointing to see FoMoCo hamstring what’s for many drivers the best of the three engines in real-world usage. Disappointing but not surprising. All options, not just performance upgrades, are limited now for the V6, aren’t they?

    • 0 avatar
      AK

      Glad to see I’m not the only one who vastly prefers the 6 to the ecoboost.

      They took away the 3.55 option for the v6 for 2017, making it even more irrelevant now. Shame.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      You’re not going to get nearly the results out of the six that you do out of the other two engines. It doesn’t have boost to turn up and it’s not an engine designed to rev to 7500+ rpm.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I’m not really referring to more power.

        I was thinking more like a V6 package that gives a 3.55, opens up the exhaust a little, 18/19-inch summer tires, better brakes, better engine cooling, looser EPAS/stability, and more aggressive suspension.

        • 0 avatar
          Featherston

          Yep. Incidentally, per the Ford configurator, a 3.55 is available for the V6. But many options (from suspension bits to leather seats) have been eliminated in a fairly transparent effort to shepherd consumers into the EcoBoost. Not that most manufacturers don’t do that with most models, but it’s still disappointing.

  • avatar
    nels0300

    OK, so now the ecoboost 4 has 390 lbs-ft of torque with the Ford performance tune and factory warranty?

    Sheesh. Almost 400 lbs-ft of torque from a 4cyl.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Can I get the Ecoboost Performance Package with SVO badges, please? :-)

  • avatar
    dal20402

    This seems like a bit of experimentation to see how the four reacts to turning up the boost, and the V8 to revving higher, in the hands of real customers. If these packages are a success I’d expect to see the stock output numbers get a lot closer to these.

    Blow up a few modified engines, not a big worry. But push standard production engines too far and your model will get bad reliability ratings and warranty results.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    That’s a lot of extra juice being squeezed out of the 2.3T. Does the factory warranty stay intact? Is there a reduction in warranty mileage and/or time?

  • avatar
    FBS

    That sounds like a significant overhaul to the EcoBoost’s character for $699. Hopefully somebody gets their hands one one and can do some dyno and driving impressions between this and the stock turbo car.

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    As I posted on Jalopnik, that sound is my jaw hitting the floor.

    “The company claims the recalibration drastically improves the EcoBoost’s power curve. Ford says that output beyond 5,500 rpm increases by an average of 75 hp and 64 lb-ft and continues to the 6,600 rpm redline.”

    This solves my biggest complaint with my car. The 25 extra horses are nice, but I never liked how it ran out of breath at the top end. I will be getting this.

  • avatar
    SirRaoulDuke

    That’s a no-brainer on the EcoBoost, and will solve most of what’s wrong with that engine and how it runs out of steam at high RPM’s.

  • avatar
    True_Blue

    I’m wondering when – or if – there will be a day when Ford cracks the twin-turbo-eight glass ceiling. Lots of Coyotes “in the wild” have been boosted. With the four gaining so much grunt from a few bolt-ons and tune (all the while getting the factory warranty) I wonder if they will ever see the need to boost the 5.0.

    Of course, the GT500 has been rumored to have a boosted version of the architecture, but I don’t believe it’s been confirmed yet (or am I mistaken?)

  • avatar
    mikey

    Speaking as a very satisfied Eco Boost Mustang owner , the performance is more than adequate for my purposes.

    Speaking as guy that’s bought quite a few used cars. If I see any mod ,factory or otherwise …I walk away.

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    I would be interested to know, in a TTAC kind of way, if Bark M did or did not know this was forthcoming. Not saying anything good, bad, or indifferent. I like Fords and he didn’t get either Mustang anyway.

    Maybe since I am jealous of the RS, in a mild case of schadenfreude: if he did not know in advance, was there a pang of regret when the Mustang Performance Package was announced?

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    How does the “no-lift-shift” tune work? Clutch engagement cause a brief cut to engine power to “speed shift”?
    That sounds like a fun one to explain to the service department….. yes, full power shifts are covered under warranty ;)

  • avatar
    Cyclesalot

    2 days after they announce the EcoBoost PP being available it is still not shown on their website…


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