Ford is ushering in a new era for its prized Mustang model, as with the 2011 model, power ratings as well as efficiency figures are vastly improved. This has led to huge sales for the both the V6 and the new 5.0-liter V8-equipped models, as well as for the high performance versions from Shelby, like the GT350 or the GT500.
Now, the Mustang range is going to get even better, as the Blue Oval has formally unveiled the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302.
That’s right, the Boss is back. After blowing away the muscle car competition over 40 years ago, with the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, the company wants to really emphasize the performance of the new Mustang breed. As such, the iconic badge has been resurrected and slapped on this brand new model.
“The decision to build a modern Boss was not entered into lightly,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The entire team at Ford felt the time was right and with the right ingredients, the world-class 2011 Mustang could support a successful, race-bred, worthy successor to the original Boss 302.
As you can imagine, this road-legal 2012 Mustang Boss 302 will be based on the ’11 Mustang GT, but sport a wide array of performance equipment, including ones inspired by the new Boss 302R race cars.
More specifically, the new Boss 302 uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine, naturally aspirated but capable of outputting 440 HP with 380 lb-ft of torque. The inner workings of the mill were improved for the best performance, so don’t expect the fuel economy to knock your pony car loving socks off.
Instead, thanks to things like a new clutch, a short-throw shifter, the highly awaited adjustable suspension or the performance brakes, the Boss 302 is nearly two seconds faster than a regular Mustang GT. The bragging continues, as Ford engineers say the powerful Mustang is faster than the BMW M3 coupe on the famed Laguna Seca track.
In honor of this achievement, Ford will be offering a limited Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca model edition. It will boast an even more rigid chassis, as well as a stiffened body and the same aerodynamics kit as the 302R race car.
‘Regular’ Mustang Boss 302 models, if we can call them that way, will also get special accessories and customization options.
On the outside, you can get an array of sharp colors, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. In honor of the original 1969 Boss 302, the roof panel, as well as the mirror housings, front grille surround or the rear wing can be ordered in multiple colors. In terms of aerodynamics, a new front splitter was added, as well as a rear spoiler and the aforementioned wing. Special wheels will also be available for the new Boss.
On the inside, the performance Mustang will use a darker pallet, with a metallic finish for the instrument panel, gauges and the door panels. Alcantara decorates the steering wheel while Recaro performance seats can be ordered as a (pricey) options. Don’t expect any luxuries though, as Ford has stripped things like sound proofing materials in order to save weight and satisfy hardcore fans.
In the end, the words of Dave Perical, the chief Mustang engineer, certainly highlight what the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is all about. “Boss is a hallowed word around here, and we couldn’t put that name on a new Mustang until we were sure everything was in place to make this car a worthy successor. We were either going to do it right or not do it at all – no one on the team was going to let Boss become a sticker and wheel package.”
Expect the new performance muscle car to appear around the middle of next year.