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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Year (of specifications) 2012
Engine 5.0 litre V8 naturally aspirated
Transmission 6 speed manual RWD
Max speed 155 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 440 horsepower
weight 3,631 lbs

There are a few names and special edition models which are synonymous with the Mustang badge, the Mach 1, Shelby, and the Boss 302 to name but a few. Amazingly it's been 42 years since the last Boss 302 was launched, and in that time it's become one of the most highly prized models for Mustang collectors. So to say the new Boss 302 is overdue, is one hell of an understatement.

Upon its return, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is set to become the quickest, best-handling, straight-off-the-production-line, road-legal Mustang ever offered by Ford.

Based on the new Ford Mustang GT - itself already a strong performer - the new Boss 302 will get upgraded components in almost every area including; drivetrain, brakes, suspension, interior and exterior.

The design and engineering team for the new Mustang Boss 302 set their sites extremely high when planning the car. In fact they aim to take on one of the worlds best and most praised sports coupes in terms of performance.

"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. For us that meant a production Mustang that could top one of the world's best - the 2010 BMW M3 - in lap times at Laguna Seca. We met our expectations." - It'll be interesting to see if independent tests can replicate the same results!

Powering the new Mustang Boss 302 is a 5.0 litre V8 borrowed from the Mustang GT. However the engine has been extensively worked over to increase power output - which now stands at 440hp. Modifications to the V8 include a redesigned air intake manifold, CNC machined intake and exhaust ports, more aggressive camshafts - which still offer a smooth idle, recalibrated ECU, lightened valve train components, race specification crankshaft main and rod bearings, forged aluminium pistons, upgraded connecting rods, and a new exhaust system which has been tuned to give a distinctive and powerful exhaust note.

The engine has been designed to be reliable as well as potent. In fact one of the tests they did was run the engines in Mustang 302R race cars in a simulation equivalent to running the Daytona 250 race flat-out more than 175 times - in a row. Another test simulated 1,500 back-to-back, full-power, quarter-mile drag races. Despite the massive performance, the engineering team behind the Mustang Boss 302's engine claim that it'll easily handle 150,000 miles of hard driving.

The suspension system of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has also been revised, and is an upgraded version of the one found in the Mustang GT. It features stiffer springs at all four corners, stronger bushings, a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar, a 11 mm reduction in ride height at the front, and a whopping 1 mm reduction at the rear - that's about as thin as your fingernail!

The suspension system's real party trick is its adjustability. "We've given drivers five settings for their shocks," said Brent Clark, supervisor of the Mustang vehicle dynamics team. "One is the softest, two is the factory setting and five is the firmest, and we've provided a wide range of adjustment. A customer can drive to the track on setting two, crank it up to five for improved response on the track, then dial down to one for a more relaxed ride home. What's unique is that drivers will find – thanks to the way the suspension works as a complete system – the softest setting isn't too loose and the firmest setting isn't too controlled; each step just provides additional levels of control."

The shock adjustment is done manually - so you can't just flick a switch on the dash. Ford have chosen this method to reduce weight (and cost). To change the settings you just simply twist the adjustment screw at the top of each shock tower to dial in your chosen setting.

Brakes and Wheels
The new Ford Mustang Boss 302 is equipped with Brembo four piston calipers up front, which bite onto 14 inch (355mm) ventilated discs. At the rear the car is fitted with more or less the same setup as found on the Mustang GT, but for a bit more stopping power the pads have been exchanged in favor of higher-friction units.

The 19 inch lightweight alloy wheels of the 2012 Boss 302 are unique to the car. Colored black, they are wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires. The front wheels are 9 inches wide, while the rear wheels measure in at 9.5 inches in width.

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is set apart from the rest of the Mustang range by its unique exterior styling. Each car gets either a black or white roof panel, matched to the color of the side C-stripe. The exterior colors on offer are; Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red.

Up front the car 2012 Boss 302 gets a new grille and facia, and a lower front splitter. The front splitter is designed to improve airflow around and under the car to reduce lift.

At the rear of the car is a new rear spoiler which is designed to compliment the car's lines and improve the overall aerodynamics.

"What we were after on Boss was reduced overall lift with improved balance," said Dave Pericak, chief engineer of the Ford Mustang. "We needed to keep the car glued to the street or the track at high speeds without increasing drag or affecting top speed and fuel usage. The end result is an aero package that uses front, rear and underbody treatments not for show, but for effect – the balance and stability of this car all the way to its 155-mph top speed is just outstanding."

Similar and related vehicles:
Ford Mustang Boss 302S
Ford Mustang GT 5.0 (2011)
Ford Mustang GT (2010)
Ford Mustang GT

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