Ford and Chevrolet battle over their less muscley muscle cars

Words: Scott Blackburn Images: Ford

2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with Performance Pack

2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with Performance Pack

Ford have been making the current generation of Mustang for a few years now, with plenty of updates and special editions, including the latest and perhaps coolest of them all, the Bullitt. However, the majority of these have been centred around the V8 models ... arguably the proper Mustangs.

That is until now. Ford have decided to show a little love to the V8's little brother, the 2.3L EcoBoost model. This unsurprisingly comes in the wake of Chevrolet providing an 'entry level'  performance model of their 4 cylinder Camaro variant.

In response, Ford are doing pretty much exactly the same thing. The EcoBoost model does already have a $2495 upgrade package available which offers just bigger versions of all the essential bits bar the engine plus some external fiddling.

2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with Performance Pack

2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with Performance Pack

The new variant however will fit in above the existing performance upgrade, taking the EcoBoost to the next level, wherever that is. The existing 4 cylinder engine already makes 310 hp so there aren't necessarily likely to be many gains there, but upgrades to things like suspension and tyres are likely.

Beating the 4 cylinder Camaro variant though won't be easy, the Chevy happily does 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. It's likely we'll hear more from Ford in the coming few days to weeks, but it'll be interesting to see what the final result is.