The Ford Mustang is an iconic car, yet one of their very own cars stand head and shoulders above it as the most sought after Mustang of all time. That car is the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Ford has now given the green light for the all new 2012 Boss 302; the 2011 Mustang GT reengineered and refined.
The 2011 GT engine is already a great performer but it needed to achieve the high-rpm horsepower that would make it competitive on the track. This was achieved by cutting the camshafts more aggressively whilst still being actuated by the variable camshaft timing mechanism found on the 2011 GT. The Boss 302 produces a healthy 330 kW of power and a seat-planting 515 Nm or torque.
The exhaust system is also rather unique with two outlets exiting the back and two outlets exiting either side of the exhaust’s crossover; very little exhaust flows through these side exhausts which act more like tuning elements to enhance the sound of the V8; as if it needed to be enhanced any more.
It has also been lowered by 11mm upfront and 1mm at the back coupled with stiffer bushings and a thicker rear sway bar. The shocks can also be adjusted, depending on what the Boss 302 is being used for, to five available settings; this is all done manually via an adjustment screw at the top of the shock tower. Level one is below the standard setting and gives the softest ride whilst setting it to level five will give a harder ride but a better response during track sessions.
It also looks the part; very much like a Mustang. It has a front diffuser that increases front down force and channels air into the Boss-specific cooling system. There are five colours to choose from: Competition Orange (my favourite), Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red.