The Blue Oval just announced the limited production 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. For muscle car fans, this name is a big deal. The original Boss was a famous Trans-Am racer with tons of wins under its belt and remains one of the most sought after classic Mustangs. For car fans, this is as exciting as it would be for Cleveland if LeBron James came back.
Ford fans knew this day was coming as soon as the 5.0 engine was announced for the 2011 model year. The name had to come back, but no one knew it was going to be this exciting.
For starters, the Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 engine has been reworked and re-tuned to push out a meaty 440 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. All that from a naturally-aspirated V-8. It is more than Roush could generate with a supercharger slapped on to the old 4.6-liter engine. Add to that a new (louder) exhaust system and a tougher clutch, and already Mustang fans are drooling.
They didn't just beef up the motor either. This is meant to be an all out racer that was tested against a BMW M3, which is still thought of as the best V-8 sports coupe in the world by many. So, the Boss gets adjustable suspension, stiffer stabilizer bars and a lower ride height. Don't forget the Brembos!
You can almost think of this being the Porsche 911 GT3 of Mustangs. As you might know, there is an RS version of the GT3. Well, there is an RS version of this Boss as well.
2012 Ford Boss 302 Laguna Seca
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Take the "regular" Boss 302 and turn it up to 11 with a more aggressive body kit, stiffer suspension and the lack of a rear seat. And look at that insane paint job!
This might be some of the most exciting Detroit metal to show up since the Corvette ZR-1. Will Chevrolet continue the war with the release of the long-rumored Z28 Camaro? Only time will tell, and for now the Boss is boss.
So, start paying off those student loans and maybe you can flog one of these around Laguna Seca when you graduate.