Ford has unveiled a more potent version of the turbocharged Mustang in a bid to boost the four cylinder model’s fortunes.

The “Ford Mustang High Performance 2.3L” is due to go on sale in February next year, but the performance gains are marginal at best.

The original Mustang, launched in January 2016, delivered 233kW of power at 5600-5700 revs and 432Nm of torque at 3000 revs, with claimed fuel consumption of 8.5L/100km for the six-speed manual and 9.3L/100km for the six-speed auto

In October, 2018 thoses figues had become 224kW and 441Nm, with either a six-speed manual or optional 10-speed auto — with fuel figures of 8.5 for the manual and 9.5 for the auto (slightly worse).

Back then, Ford blamed the decrease in power on a change in the way the car was tested.

Take three and the 2020 high performance model, still six months away, now produces 236kW of power at 6200 revs and 448Nm of torque at 3800 revs — the extra power and torque obviously secured through more revolutions of the engine.

No mention in the advance publicity of fuel consumption (which can only means it’s worse).

It’s the highest output for a road-going four-cylinder Mustang, Ford prclaims.

“It’s not just the power gains over the previous 2.3-litre engine,” Chief Program Engineer, Ford Mustang, Carl Widmann, said.

“It’s the broader torque curve that delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 2500 and 5300 rpm. Plus, horsepower holds stronger up to the 6500-rpm redline – enabling more usable power and torque.”

We shall see . . .

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.