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BY: Bix

Boss 302 Returns (Now with Video)

440 hp Mustang is street-legal, track-ready.

Ford's 2012 Mustang Boss 302 certainly sounds like it has the goods to encourage some old-fashioned whoops of delight from whomever's behind the steering wheel. A 440 hp, 380 lb-ft version of the 5.0L V8 routed through a short-throw six-speed stick provides the going; 14" Brembo brake rotors up front help with the stopping. When the road gets twisty, stiffer coil springs and bushings team up with 19" lightweight wheels and larger rear stabilizer bar to keep the Boss headed the way it should. We approve. Particularly cool is the four-pipe exhaust system—two pipes pop out the rear bumper as usual, while two more terminating north of the rear wheels carry exhaust through a tuning disc for maximum auditory pop. All good so far. But the styling...well, let's just say it's not for everyone. Of course, the press shots (or the orange-and-black paint jobs) may not be doing the car justice, so we'll reserve final judgment on the visual upgrades until we've seen it in the metal. But given the performance upgrades to an already playful ride—the company claims the Boss laps Laguna Seca faster than a BMW M3—there's a good chance any aesthetic qualms we have might be forgiven by a turn in the driver's seat. (And a coat of Kona Blue Metallic paint.) [via Ford]

(Update: Video below!) [video courtesy Autoblog]

  • Wes Duenkel says:
    August 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Nice mechanicals...but the color-keyed grill, mirrors, wheels, and wing? Pah-lease. Looks like a Revell 1:24 scale model gone worng.

  • Dave says:
    September 2, 2010 at 6:33 am

    If only Ford could digest the Mustang into a smaller lighter package that could be tuned in the spirit of Rauh-Welt Begriff. Oversize proportions are rarely competitive despite HP. BMW faces the same issue with their ever evolving M3. Tech is great, but purists prefer a less is more approach.

  • Aaron says:
    September 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I'd have to agree with Dave.....Light is good. Bulk is bad. Just another somewhat average American car that has no appeal trying to seem youthful.

  • Tahoedrifter says:
    August 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Please remember Aaron, its an American car where, loud, big and flashy make for a "youthful" car. So its serving its exact purpose, save for handling on par supposedly with the E92 M3's...

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