It's official: Ford has resurrected the Boss nameplate and revealed today the 2012 Mustang Boss 302! The new car is based on the 5.0-liter Mustang GT, the new 2012 version of the classic muscle-car was revealed at the Laguna Seca. So, what it so special about this car? Besides the fact that it represents a piece of history and continues the tradition of the Boss Mustangs, the new car received an important power boost and now its 5.0-liter V8 engine delivers 448 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to a new intake with revised camshafts.
The engine is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and thanks to a combined suspension and tire package allows Boss to achieve a top speed of 155 mph and become the first non-SVT Mustang ever to achieve more than 1.0 g of lateral acceleration.
Regarding its design, the new car comes dressed with sinister looks to match its performance capabilities: it features a unique front fascia and grille, a lower front splitter similar to the one used by the 302R racer, blocked-off fog lamp openings and aggressive lower splitter, a black or white roof panel to match the side stripe and a new paint finish featuring striking shades of orange, blue, white, yellow and of course, racing red. At the rear of the car, the spoiler was chosen to complement the front aero treatment and minimize overall drag.
Inside, we find a unique Boss steering wheel covered completely in Alcantara suede, new dark metallic instrument panel finish, gauge cluster and door panel trim. Ford offers an optional package that includes Recaro buckets, designed by Ford SVT in cooperation with Recaro for high performance Mustang models, and shared between the Boss and GT500. The design of the car is completed by the lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear, wrapped in Pirelli PZero high performance tires.
Boss braking is also up to the challenge, using Brembo four-piston front calipers acting on 14-inch vented rotors up front. In the back, standard Mustang GT brakes are upgraded with a Boss-specific high-performance pad compound. Also, the Boss 302 has been lowered 11 mm in the front and 1 mm in the rear in order to obtain better stability at high speeds.
To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302. Aimed at racers more interested in on-track performance than creature comforts, the Boss 302 Laguna Seca has increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up and an aerodynamics package carried over almost in its entirety from the Ford Racing Boss 302R.