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The Boss is back! Ford rolls out the 2012 Mustang Boss 302

We had an idea that today would be a big day for Ford Motor Company and the new 5.0-powered Mustangs when an announcer at a recent Grand Am raced slipped up and stated that Ford would debut the Boss 302 street version this week. A few minutes ago, Ford made it official – the Boss is back – and Ford intends for the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 to be the ‘quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford’. In addition to the 2012 Boss 302, Ford is offering the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca package for those who want a more track-ready version of the new Boss 302.  (click here for full details on the Laguna Seca package).
The root of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is the same 5.0L V8 from the 2011 Mustang GT but some special modifications have upped the power to 440 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque. First, the Boss 302 features an enlarged intake manifold that works in conjunction with more aggressive camshafts and a tune that optimizes power without hurting regular drivability. The engine air intake system has been designed to maximize air flow and the Boss features an exhaust system like no other production Mustang – adding flow and sound like no other factory Mustang before.
The 5.0L feeds the exhaust flow through a quad-tipped system with two of those tips exiting at the rear of the car similar to the current 2011 Mustang GT but the 2012 Boss 302 includes an extra set of exhaust tips that exit in front of the rear wheels. These auxiliary tips along the side of the car include a set of discs to quiet the side-exit exhaust but if you want supreme sound from your stock 2012 Boss 302, those discs can be removed. Also, the side pipe portion of the Boss exhaust is sized to match up with “cutouts” that vent exhaust more easily along with adding a ton of sound to the new Boss Mustang. (this unique exhaust setup can be viewed in the gallery to the right)
Next, the 2012 Boss 302 comes equipped with a race-inspired clutch with improved friction materials (compared to the 2011 Mustang GT) mated with the close-ratio transmission; all controlled by a short-throw shifter. A limited slip 3.73 rear differential is standard in the 2012 Boss 302 and for those who want more grip a torque-sensing limited-slip differential is available for the new Boss Mustang.
The suspension of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has been refined to make this the best handling factory (non-SVT) Mustang ever offered. Higher rate springs have been added all around with stiffer suspension bushings and an enlarged rear stabilizer bar help the 2012 Boss 302 hammer through the turns as well as giving the Boss a more aggressive (lowered) stance than the 2011 Mustang GT. Most importantly, the 2012 Boss 302 comes with adjustable shocks and struts to optimize the track (and daily driving) experience. Unlike some suspension systems that use electronic controls to adjust the suspension, the 2012 Boss 302 uses the old-school method of adjustments atop the shock and strut mounts. These adjustable components need only a flat-head screwdriver to select between 1 through 5 for the stiffness settings. Along with the improved suspension components, the 2012 Boss 302 comes with revised traction control and electronic stability control systems, allowing both systems to provide assistance in daily driving situations yet adjust for high performance driving on a closed circuit.
Next, it was onto the wheels and braking system. The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 comes equipped with monster 14” vented rotors in the front wrapped in Brembo calipers and out back, the Boss standard Mustang GT rotors with high performance brake pads. These braking components are aided by an antilock braking system (ABS) tuned specifically for the 2012 Boss Mustang. This improved braking system is tucked under a set of black 19” lightweight alloy wheels with 9” wide wheels in the front and 9.5” out back. The combination of the improved suspension, brakes, wheels and increase horsepower make this the best performing Ford Mustang ever offered; yielding a top speed of 155mpg and allowing the 2012 Boss to reach beyond a full lateral G on the skidpad – a first for any non-SVT Mustang.
Ford wanted to make sure that the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 was the best performing factory Mustang ever offered but they also made sure that it would stand out in a crowd. The 2012 Boss is available in just five exterior colors – Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red with either a black or white C-stripe (which proudly displays the Boss 302 name) and roof panel. The aerodynamics of the Boss 302 are improved via a unique front fascia and grille featuring fog-light deletes and an aggressive lower splitter – an item taken from the Boss 302R race models. This revised front fascia not only helps to improve the aerodynamics of the car, but also increases the air flow through the Boss’s unique cooling system. Out back, the 2012 Boss 302 has a unique spoiler that works with the front end alterations to optimize downforce at high speeds. Surprisingly, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 street car does not feature a “Shaker” hood setup like the one from the original 1969 Boss Mustang.
Inside, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 receives some subtle upgrades to set it apart from the standard Mustang GT. The package begins with a Boss steering wheel wrapped in Alcantra suede that matches the standard Boss cloth-and-suede seats. If you want more seating support from your 2012 Boss 302, a set of Recaro race buckets is available – similar to those found in the 2011 SVT GT500. The interior finish of the 2012 Boss 302 features a dark metallic theme with silver accents, a theme seen in the pool-ball style shift knob and the bright “Powered by Ford” door sill plates. Finally, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has had the sound deadening material removed so that the driver can really hear his or her new high performance Mustang while also knocking 11lbs off of the cars total weight.
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Check out the gallery (now found above and to the right) for a look at the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and stay tuned to your Detroit Autos Examiner for all of your breaking news from the Detroit automotive scene!

We had an idea that today would be a big day for Ford Motor Company and the new 5.0-powered Mustangs when an announcer at a recent Grand Am raced slipped up and stated that Ford would debut the Boss 302 street version this week. A few minutes ago, Ford made it official – the Boss is back – and Ford intends for the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 to be the ‘quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford’. In addition to the 2012 Boss 302, Ford is offering the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca package for those who want a more track-ready version of the new Boss 302.  (click here for full details on the Laguna Seca package).
The root of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is the same 5.0L V8 from the 2011 Mustang GT but some special modifications have upped the power to 440 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque. First, the Boss 302 features an enlarged intake manifold that works in conjunction with more aggressive camshafts and a tune that optimizes power without hurting regular drivability. The engine air intake system has been designed to maximize air flow and the Boss features an exhaust system like no other production Mustang – adding flow and sound like no other factory Mustang before.
The 5.0L feeds the exhaust flow through a quad-tipped system with two of those tips exiting at the rear of the car similar to the current 2011 Mustang GT but the 2012 Boss 302 includes an extra set of exhaust tips that exit in front of the rear wheels. These auxiliary tips along the side of the car include a set of discs to quiet the side-exit exhaust but if you want supreme sound from your stock 2012 Boss 302, those discs can be removed. Also, the side pipe portion of the Boss exhaust is sized to match up with “cutouts” that vent exhaust more easily along with adding a ton of sound to the new Boss Mustang. (this unique exhaust setup can be viewed in the gallery to the right)
Next, the 2012 Boss 302 comes equipped with a race-inspired clutch with improved friction materials (compared to the 2011 Mustang GT) mated with the close-ratio transmission; all controlled by a short-throw shifter. A limited slip 3.73 rear differential is standard in the 2012 Boss 302 and for those who want more grip a torque-sensing limited-slip differential is available for the new Boss Mustang.
The suspension of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has been refined to make this the best handling factory (non-SVT) Mustang ever offered. Higher rate springs have been added all around with stiffer suspension bushings and an enlarged rear stabilizer bar help the 2012 Boss 302 hammer through the turns as well as giving the Boss a more aggressive (lowered) stance than the 2011 Mustang GT. Most importantly, the 2012 Boss 302 comes with adjustable shocks and struts to optimize the track (and daily driving) experience. Unlike some suspension systems that use electronic controls to adjust the suspension, the 2012 Boss 302 uses the old-school method of adjustments atop the shock and strut mounts. These adjustable components need only a flat-head screwdriver to select between 1 through 5 for the stiffness settings. Along with the improved suspension components, the 2012 Boss 302 comes with revised traction control and electronic stability control systems, allowing both systems to provide assistance in daily driving situations yet adjust for high performance driving on a closed circuit.
Next, it was onto the wheels and braking system. The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 comes equipped with monster 14” vented rotors in the front wrapped in Brembo calipers and out back, the Boss standard Mustang GT rotors with high performance brake pads. These braking components are aided by an antilock braking system (ABS) tuned specifically for the 2012 Boss Mustang. This improved braking system is tucked under a set of black 19” lightweight alloy wheels with 9” wide wheels in the front and 9.5” out back. The combination of the improved suspension, brakes, wheels and increase horsepower make this the best performing Ford Mustang ever offered; yielding a top speed of 155mpg and allowing the 2012 Boss to reach beyond a full lateral G on the skidpad – a first for any non-SVT Mustang.
Ford wanted to make sure that the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 was the best performing factory Mustang ever offered but they also made sure that it would stand out in a crowd. The 2012 Boss is available in just five exterior colors – Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red with either a black or white C-stripe (which proudly displays the Boss 302 name) and roof panel. The aerodynamics of the Boss 302 are improved via a unique front fascia and grille featuring fog-light deletes and an aggressive lower splitter – an item taken from the Boss 302R race models. This revised front fascia not only helps to improve the aerodynamics of the car, but also increases the air flow through the Boss’s unique cooling system. Out back, the 2012 Boss 302 has a unique spoiler that works with the front end alterations to optimize downforce at high speeds. Surprisingly, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 street car does not feature a “Shaker” hood setup like the one from the original 1969 Boss Mustang.
Inside, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 receives some subtle upgrades to set it apart from the standard Mustang GT. The package begins with a Boss steering wheel wrapped in Alcantra suede that matches the standard Boss cloth-and-suede seats. If you want more seating support from your 2012 Boss 302, a set of Recaro race buckets is available – similar to those found in the 2011 SVT GT500. The interior finish of the 2012 Boss 302 features a dark metallic theme with silver accents, a theme seen in the pool-ball style shift knob and the bright “Powered by Ford” door sill plates. Finally, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has had the sound deadening material removed so that the driver can really hear his or her new high performance Mustang while also knocking 11lbs off of the cars total weight.
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Check out the gallery (now found above and to the right) for a look at the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and stay tuned to your Detroit Autos Examiner for all of your breaking news from the Detroit automotive scene!

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