Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
October 12, 2016
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

In a constant effort to improve Mustang excitement, Ford introduces new Performance-enhancing calibrations for 2015 and newer Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT that will be available from Ford Performance Parts. These calibrations will add horsepower, torque, is 50-state-compliant, and compatible with the vehicle-limited warranty.

“Ford Performance Parts is a key part of our product strategy,” said Doug White, Ford Performance Parts manager. “Mustang is all about performance, and we know our customers look to us for performance options that are both 50-state-compliant and warranty-friendly.”

According to White, “the Ford Performance Mustang EcoBoost performance calibration kit for the 2.3L EcoBoost engine boosts peak torque 70 lb-ft for a total of 390 lb-ft, along with a peak 25 horsepower gain for a total of 335 horsepower. Three different performance packages are available for Mustang GT, providing gains of up to 37 horsepower for a peak 472 horsepower in the 5.0L V8, while also increasing engine redline and offering no-lift-shift capability.”

You’ll note that peak horsepower and torque increases with the EcoBoost calibration kit are substantial, but we were not impressed by the overall increase, that provides a whopping 100-horsepower increase at 6,000 rpm. “The kit boasts an average gain of 40 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm, with even larger average gains of 75 horsepower and 64 lb-ft from 5,500 rpm to redline,” White added.

Mustang GT enthusiasts can choose between three power packages. This is the first time Ford has offered more than one performance calibration for a single powertrain application. “These power packages bring a unique no-lift-shift feature to manual transmission-equipped vehicles, enabling drivers to maximize acceleration by allowing shifts without lifting off the throttle.” Powershifting can be worth two tenths of a second in the quarter-mile over speed “lift shifting” so this should be a nice feature of the tune.

The first level power pack for the 5.0L Mustang features a calibration and high-flow air filter and it’s designed to deliver peak gains of about 15 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque. The next level includes a cold-air intake, 87mm throttle-body, and intake adapter from Shelby GT350 Mustang featuring an industry-exclusive CARB-certified open air filter that provides peak gains of 21 horsepower and 24 lb-ft over the stock 5.0L V8 engine.

Maximum performance comes from the third power pack. White says it, “changes the character of the potent 5.0L V8 by moving the redline up to 7,500 rpm.” And with that rpm increase comes a gain of 37 horsepower, along with a peak gain of 5 lb-ft of torque. The extra snap will seriously wake up your 5.0L Ford Mustang.

White stated that EcoBoost performance calibration kit and Mustang GT power packages are available for both manual and automatic transmission-equipped Mustangs, however, automatic Mustangs features optimized performance shift schedules to improve shift firmness. And all kits are available immediately through Ford Performance Parts.