Classic 1969 Mustang Boss 302 is revived by Ford for an all-new model for 2012

Ford has created what it is calling the "quickest, best-handling" Mustang ever: the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

Based on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, the new model is inspired by the classic 1969 Mustang Boss, a car with an original design brief of becoming the "best all-around road-going performance machine ever created by Ford Motor Company".

Ford engineers, stylists and designers have strengthened, lightened and refined the Mustang GT to create "a race car with a licence plate". The team used the BMW M3 as a performance benchmark for the Mustang Boss 302 and claim the car can match Munich's performance saloon for lap time at Laguna Seca.

A new air intake and modified camshafts boost power from 406bhp to 434bhp in the 5.0-litre V8 engine taken from the standard Mustang GT, while 380lb ft of torque is produced. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox.

Performance is further enhanced by higher-rate coil springs, stiffer suspension bushings, a larger-diameter rear stabiliser bar, 14-inch Brembo front brakes and a race-inspired clutch. The Boss also comes with adjustable shocks and a speed-sensitive electronic steering system with three modes: comfort, normal and sport allowing the driver to adjust the car to their liking. A limited-slip differential is available as an option.

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Styling changes to the exterior include a unique front fascia, a modified grille, a front splitter, and lightweight 19 inch wheels. Inside, the cabin boasts a revised instrument cluster, an Alcantara steering wheel, dark metallic trim and optional Recaro sports seats.

The car also features a unique quad exhaust system with two outlets exiting at the rear and two outlets exiting just ahead of the rear wheels. The two additional outlets send exhaust gases through a set of metal discs that provide the Boss Mustang with a unique engine note that meets road noise level restrictions. The discs can be removed to provide more noise when circuit driving.

Read about the 2011 Ford Mustang and see the video of the car at the Detroit Motor Show

A track-oriented Boss 302 Laguna Seca special edition model has also been revealed, which takes away the rear seats and adds race-ready suspension and other aerodynamic upgrades. The Laguna Seca has increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up, new front and rear spoilers and is decked-out in Black or Ingot Silver paint with red accents.

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17 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Ford has created what it is calling the "quickest, best-handling" Mustang ever: the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

Based on the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, the new model is inspired by the classic 1969 Mustang Boss, a car with an original design brief of becoming the "best all-around road-going performance machine ever created by Ford Motor Company".

See official pics of the Ford Mustang Boss 302Read the full article[/quote] And still our little 135 M Sport would run rings around it...

17 August 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]And still our little 135 M Sport would run rings around it...[/quote]
And would be whipped in a straight line by the Mustang... Different cars for different people and different environments. I have no problem with that.

17 August 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]And still our little 135 M Sport would run rings around it...[/quote]

[quote autocar]The team used the BMW M3 as a performance benchmark for the Mustang Boss 302 and claim the car can match Munich's performance saloon for lap time at Laguna Seca.[/quote]

Would the 135 M Sport beat the M3 then? If so, why buy an M3?

[quote March1]
And would be whipped in a straight line by the Mustang... Different cars for different people and different environments. I have no problem with that.[/quote]

Exactly! However, contrary to popular misconception, American cars can go round corners!

17 August 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]And still our little 135 M Sport would run rings around it...[/quote]

Last time I looked - Laguna Seca had quite a few corners that are more than a challenge for just about any production car - especially when they get corkscrewed.

If the 'stang can out do an M3 around this track then I'd say its handling credentials are already beyond reproach.

17 August 2010

[quote philcUK]If the 'stang can out do an M3 around this track then I'd say its handling credentials are already beyond reproach.[/quote]

Well, according to the report it "matches" the M3. Still, pretty good tho

17 August 2010

[quote mantaray]

Well, according to the report it "matches" the M3. Still, pretty good tho

[/quote]Since when was any Mustang driver ever interested what an M3 might do . . . .

17 August 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]And still our little 135 M Sport would run rings around it...[/quote]

Where's one of those laughing smiley's off BBC 606 when you need one!!

17 August 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzpDOFOvdek

He hasn't lost to a ferrari yet, in a 90's mustang no less.

17 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Ford has created what it is calling the "quickest, best-handling" Mustang ever[/quote]

Well it took them long enough, didn't anyone tell them it was a sports coupe nearly 50 years ago ?

17 August 2010

[quote Pistachio]Well it took them long enough, didn't anyone tell them it was a sports coupe nearly 50 years ago ?[/quote]

Another silly statement.....Firstly, just because it's the "quickest, best handling" something or other, doesn't necessarily mean that what came before was bad for it's time. I'm sure the latest BMW M3 is the quickest, best handling one so far.....but I'm sure you wouldn't say no to a 10 year old one!

Secondly, 45 years ago, it was designed as a "pony car" with a straight six. It was meant to give the illusion of being sporty, without the cost (in the same way that the Capri was over here). It was only later, thanks to the input of such people as Carroll Shelby that the muscle car Mustang came to life.

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