The new 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 starts from a reasonable--given its level of performance--$40,995, but the heart of the car, its mighty 5.0-liter V-8, can be all yours for just $11,995. That’s because Ford is now offering its Boss 302 V-8 as a standalone ‘crate engine’ through its Ford Racing division.

The engine is listed as part number M-6007-M50B in the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog and in its standard trim offers 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Its specs include a 7,500 rpm redline, CNC ported cylinder heads, forged pistons and a ‘runners in box’ composite intake manifold.

The engine also has an 11.0:1 compression ratio, lightweight aluminum construction, a large sump with an 8.5-quart oil pan, the aforementioned composite intake system with shorter runners, an 80 mm single-bore ‘drive by wire’ throttle body and sodium-filled exhaust valves.

Note that a vehicle wire harness and power control module are not included.

Too see how the engine performs in the actual 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, click here for our first drive report. Then click here for all the juicy details and specs on the car.

2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302

2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302