Ford has taken the wraps off a new “High Performance” package for the entry-level, four-cylinder Mustang (in both coupé and convertible body styles), raising the 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine’s peak output to a “projected” 243 kW.

Billed as a new variant of the turbocharged four-pot built “specifically for the Mustang”, the engine furthermore delivers an improved maximum torque figure of 475 N.m (over a “broader torque curve”), thanks to a five percent larger (63 mm) twin-scroll turbo compressor and a larger radiator.

The Blue Oval brand says the Mustang 2,3L High Performance Package is “designed” to run hit 60 mph (97 km/h) in the “mid-four-second range on premium fuel”, with top speed increasing to 250 km/h.

The upgrade includes an active quad-tip exhaust system with a “signature tuned sound”, as well as Mustang GT brakes, performance tyres, and chassis and aerodynamics hardware from the Mustang GT Performance Package.

An alloy strut tower brace has also been added, along with a 32 mm sway bar up front and a tubular 21 7 mm item at the rear. New “performance calibration tuning”, meanwhile, has been applied to the electronic-controlled power steering, antilock braking, stability control and five driver-selectable drive modes. A 3,55:1 limited-slip rear axle is also included.

The High Performance Package model is visually set apart by its black front splitter, “brake cooling ramps” (the latter from the Mustang GT Performance Package), blacked-out grille, extra badging (inside and out), magnetic grey side-mirror caps, blade-style rear spoiler and grey stripe on the bonnet.

While this upgraded 2,3-litre Mustang has been unveiled for the North American market, South Africa is still waiting for the facelifted model to hit local shores, with the outgoing four-cylinder derivatives (which here offered 233 kW and 430 N.m) having recently been discontinued.