For those who still don’t know, the Boss 302 is so named because the engine was 302 cubic inches, or 5 liters, pumped out 290 horsepower. This was the ’70 Mustang.
When the 5-liter V-8 returned for the 2011 Ford Mustang, company executives were quickly made aware of the possibility for a second round of Boss 302 production.
“The decision to build a modern Boss was not entered into lightly,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The entire team at Ford felt the time was right and with the right ingredients, the world-class 2011 Mustang could support a successful, race-bred, worthy successor to the original Boss 302. For us that meant a production Mustang that could top one of the world’s best – the 2010 BMW M3 – in lap times at Laguna Seca. We met our expectations.”
The 2012 Boss Mustang will feature more horsepower, rally styled rims, upgraded suspension, hood scoop, and a heritage themed styling package. More precisely, 444 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2012 Boss Mustang carries a starting MSRP of $40,995, including its $850 destination charge. Those desiring the track-ready Laguna Seca package must add another $6995.