First Look at the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang

The team of Ford engineers and designers that created the groundbreaking 2011 Mustang GT has distilled a new model to its purest form, strengthening, lightening and refining each system to create a race car with a license plate. Its name: the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

Driving the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 was intended from the outset to be a visceral experience, packed with raw, unbridled performance across the spectrum: Acceleration, handling, braking, and top speed are all equally matched for perfect balance on a car operating within the framework of legally defined safety, noise and emissions regulations.

Led by Mike Harrison, the V8 engine team approached Boss from the top down: With 412 horsepower from 5.0 liters, the 2011 GT engine was already an incredible performer. But to achieve the high-rpm horsepower that would make the engine competitive on the track, a new intake was essential. The resulting runners-in-the-box plenum/velocity stack combination the engine team developed was impressive enough that it got the green light after one short drive.

Helping the intake build power, revised camshafts using a more aggressive grind are actuated with the same twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) mechanism used on the Mustang GT. More aggressive control calibration yields 440 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, while still offering a smooth idle and low-end torque for comfortable around-town driving.

In keeping with the Boss mandate to provide the best-handling Mustang ever, the already strong Mustang GT suspension system has been further refined. Higher-rate coil springs on all four corners, stiffer suspension bushings and a larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar all contribute to the road racing mission, and Boss models are lowered by 11 millimeters at the front and 1 millimeter at the rear versus the Mustang GT. The real key to handling, though, is in the adjustable shocks and struts, standard on all Boss Mustang models.

Working in concert with the suspension upgrades, Boss 302 receives unique, lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear. The Pirelli PZero summer tires are sized specifically for each end of the vehicle, with the front wheels receiving 255/40ZR-19 tires while the rear stays planted thanks to 285/35ZR-19 rubber.

The 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.

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. Combined with vented brake shields and unique Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) tuning, Boss drivers get maximum control and rapid, repeatable fade-free stops in road and race situations alike.

What you need to know:

Engine: 5.0-liter 4-valve Ti-VCT V8 with aluminum block and heads

Horsepower: 440 (estimated)

Torque: 380 lb.-ft. (estimated)

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Rear-axle gear ratio: 3.73:1

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson strut with Reverse-L lower control arm, 34.6 mm tubular stabilizer bar, strut tower brace, adjustable strut damping

Rear suspension: 3-link solid axle with limited-slip differential, coil springs, Panhard bar, 25.0 mm stabilizer bar and adjustable shock damping

Front brakes: 14-inch vented discs, four-piston Brembo floating aluminum calipers

Rear brakes: 11.8-inch vented discs, single-piston floating iron calipers

Front tires: 255/40ZR-19 Pirelli PZero

Rear tires: 285/35ZR-19 Pirelli PZero

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.

Click here to read the story behind designing and engineering the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang.

Click here to visit fordvehicles.com for more information on the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang.
11/10/2013
Resale value on the Boss and Shelby Mustangs is where the bonus is on buying factory. Not to mention if you try to add all the suspension and motor upgrades you might as well pay for it all up front off the lot. Thats what I did with my Stage3 Roush. Its worth every penny. All others will be nothing more than knock offs. When you show the car or go to the track everyone wants to see the vin# and ask if it is real or fake. My car is worth just as much now as when I drove it offthe lot. Big differance vs building a knock off.   
Timothy Barth 09/07/2011
Is it true this car comes with no warrenty? What idiot is going for thar deal?
Peter Shaman 04/25/2011
That's what we want V8 V8 V8 , power power power ! ! !
Lee Underwood 01/15/2011
I hope the rear seat delete is made available for sale, need it for my Roush.
LeeU
Chris Bennett 01/08/2011
Needs IRS - and the rear end is ugly to me - i liked the recessed 67-68 or 70 style much more better. Engine internals should be forged and not cast I'd wish - otherwise it will be at the edge at that horsepower.
Marty 11/19/2010
So much easier and cheaper to just hot rod a regular GT. That's what I did with my '08. We put on a blower, new exhaust, some other fine tuning, and 20" rims. It's still faster than the new GT. It makes over well over 400hp and I didn't have to pay for the exclusivity of having "Boss" or "Shelby" on my car. If you want a unique and hot Mustang, buy a regular one and get some work done on it. I wouldn't buy one of these cars unless I absolutely had to have the collector's item.
Chris 11/17/2010
Ford Australia worked wonders with that engine
Scottie 11/11/2010
Yeah, hate to break it to you there big guy, but a real 5.0 isn't even a 5.0. It's only 4.94 liters. And a 'real" 5.0 really only ever made 325 horsepower,at best. The new 5.0 makes 412 hp and 390ft. lbs of torque, and weighs significantly less. Sure, it's harder to work on, but if we were only worried about simplicity, we'd all be driving flathead fours.
Tim 11/07/2010
Great another Mustang that the dealers can sit on for over a year with a $10K - $20K Market Availability Adjustment above MSRP. FoMoCo needs to stop the dealer rip-offs, start building and selling cars that us faithful but not so wealthy can afford. The original Boss 302 didn't sale for $35K more than the base Stang and neither did the Shelby's. It amazes me how these once affordable hipo Stangs (including GT's) sit on the lots for so long. Why were options replaced by packages that include unwanted items at large costs. Take the Cobra away from the cosmetic CS and give it back to SVT cutting $10K off the sticker. I look forward to seeing another Mustang trailered into a car show by some fat cat.
Rev 11/01/2010
The killer is that the GT500 doesn't even have 500hp. So for real performance on and off the track you're better off getting a Boss. There's no point in goin in a straght line really fast. The boss can go around a trsack going fast. That is what seperates this American muscle car from the others.
joe 10/29/2010
Maybe they will be saving a change to the 70 boss strip in 2013. (like going from the 69 to 70)
Jeb 10/15/2010
In agreement with most of posters. I would love to see the shaker brought back and also the 70 Boss stripe set. I did see in the video some with the 70 stripe and some with the 69. I remember a friend of mine back in the 70's had a Calipso Coral Boss with shaker, slats and rear spoiler. It was an awesome car. Hopefully the new Boss will be affordable....
Alan 10/11/2010
Yep, performance has to look good because we're not getting a ticket and having an ugly rear end, AND ugly fron end. the lights up front are just as goofy. No strength and undecided looking lumps say ladies car to me. Clean it up a little and get it to say man again. And God forbid please don't lighten it up so much it becomes a race of the Honda class with lumps and a fake gas cap. Dying to get another Mustang, but never while it looks like that. 05-09 nailed it. A little longer front end on that model, no lump behind the rear window, perhaps rear window opens (?) - you know switch it up a little - get the premier looks again and lets us all buy one.
Chris 09/21/2010
I'd love to own one but incredibly huge ADM's will see to it that I never will.
Bryan 09/15/2010
The only reason the car tops off at 155 is dur to a rev limiter replace the chip get the governer off it it will defiantly do more
David Land 09/13/2010
Dick, I think you just nailed it on the head. They also talk about a top end of 155. My stock '01 SVT would do that and more. It has done that and more. Most don't realize that the GT frame is the start point for most of the new and improved mustangs. Give me a GT 500-KR any day.
Steve Morgan 09/13/2010
Love the car. Have put my local dealer on alert. Bye-bye BMW, hellow Ford. But I do agree with the post here about colours. I am picking the orange or blue as the lest offensive. The coloured roof is too much, and I agree 70 stripe style is simpler, thus better.
Edward 09/13/2010
WoW! Ford is coming up. Nice car.I want one. Big kudols to ford.
David Young 09/11/2010
I'm very happy Ford is bringing back the Boss. Like in the movie above, you show a lot of 1970 model stripes, but the 'New' Boss will have the (my opinion) ugly 1969 Boss stripes. I can see why Ford went with the 1969 Boss stripes, being the first year of production. I wish Ford had gone with the 1970 style Boss stripes.
blksn8k 09/10/2010
Harley, I agree with most of your comments. I too am very interested in this model having owned a 69 Boss 429 in the past. I am also in the process of restoring a Grabber Blue 1970 Mach 1 428CJ car. If Ford plans at some point to offer the new Boss in Grabber Blue with the 70 style "hockey stick" stripes then I will definitely be placing an order. If not, then I will probably pass. I understand the effort to emulate the original 1969 Boss 302 colors and stripe design but I too think most enthusiasts who are familiar with the original cars relate more to the 1970 model. Ford already uses both stripe designs on the Boss 302R race cars so why not give us both options on the street car? While I think the engineering that has gone into this car is awesome the appearance of most color/stripe combos IMO is simply hideous. Potential owners will want to be proud to be seen in this car and, as someone else stated, they should not be forced to choose the color based on which one is least offensive to them. Too bad Larry Shinoda is not around to set you guys straight.
michael Orosz 09/08/2010
can you please give me an "idea" of what price range the 2012 Mustang Seca Laguna 302 will be approx ? I am not holding you to it,..just a range please !! thanks,.. michael
Harley 09/07/2010
"Please Ford" offer a few creature comforts (option's from GT) for the BOSS 302 and leave the LS for Track Heads.

The color selection is terrible, especially the color matching Top with Stripes color, If I'm lucky enough to get a street Boss, the first modification is going to be, painting the top to match the color of car.

Add RED, WHITE along with BLACK stripes as an OPOTION, A white BOSS with RED stripes would be stunning, RED with WHITE stripes looks great as well (Look at your GT 500 for reference) PLEASE,,, don't handcuff your customers with your favorite color combinations, it's our car, once it leaves your Dealer's lot.

The color selection is a matter of, which one is the least UGLY, instead of, which one do you like the most, your shade of Yellow is more suited for a luxury model, not a Muscle car, get real, provide a Yellow Canary Shade like most Auto Manufactures use. Orange doesn't have enough POP, instead it looks to brownish, RACE RED is not as RED as your TORCH RED was, GRABER COLORS should be included.

Now, I have to thank you for bringing back the BOSS for all of us Baby Boomers, who are retiring and couldn't afford a BOSS the first time around.

My Wife and I were/are shopping around, the GT was in our top 10 (Infiniti G37, Nizmo 370Z, Camaro SS, used M3, used Z06 Corvette, Hundai Genesis Coupe, etc.) until I heard about the BOSS and after some begging (bribing) my Wife is on-board with the BOSS and if your Dealers don't gouge us with a MSRP adjustment, coupled with availability I/we will be the proud owners of a legendary model reincarnated.

Please, I beg you,, read and seriously consider my suggestion's above, I have spoke with many enthusiast's and they ALL agree on the COLOR selection.

Harley
Dave 09/06/2010
I know times change, but a Boss with a mod motor? No,no,no. Boss power should always be good old push-rod power. It's nice to see Ford remembers their heritage, but the color schemes? Come on, do it right. Definitely needs a shaker. It's not going to be a Boss with just an upgraded 5.0.
ferrarimanf355 09/06/2010
I like it, but can I get one with Sync, HID's and Sirius Satellite Radio? If I can, I'll buy one.
DM 09/06/2010
awesome..ford really steps up to the plate when it comes to muscle cars.........ford please make enough for everyone to enjoy :)
Steve M 09/06/2010
The 2012 Boss 302 is a spectacular performance car - Ford definitely got the engineering right. Where they missed the mark though is in the styling and color options / combinations. I believe Ford may have patterned the Boss color combinations after some factory Porsche race cars. No offense to those cars but since when does the Mustang need to copy anyone? Ford needs to ditch the cartoon graphics and provide more choices for the customer. The red/orange wheels and graphics on the black LS model have to go. Ford needs to offer more colors for the Boss 302 including tuxedo black, grabber blue and dark shadow metallic gray. The hideous stripe package should also be optional. Make those changes and Ford will have a certified winner on it's hands.
Greg G 09/04/2010
I love the specs, and the exhaust sound is phenomenal. If not for the orange wheels, roof and spoiler, I'd have a deposit at my local dealer for a Laguna Seca. The color schemes make the car a laughing stock.
Alex C 09/01/2010
Cool looking car..but is the Boss comming out in three different levels of car. Where can i get some information on them. I would love to put one next to my 1969 and my 2008 gt.
How about a true boss 429 next.
Keep up the great work
Jim Cip 09/01/2010
Bravo to Ford for finally bringing back the BOSS, I will buy one to keep my 70 BOSS 302 company, if I can avoid dealer mark up. A few things bug me though, why base the styling on the 69 model? The 70 is better looking and thus more popular, but most of all, the 70 model won the Trans Am, not the 69. Also, a Shaker Hood Scoop and Magnum 500 style wheel options would be great. All in all though, you guys did a great job!
Zach 08/31/2010
The boss 302 hmm the video shows pretty much nothing except the new intake. AND NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS ITS NOT A REAL 5.0L. real 5.0l are single underhead cam tourque the beautyof a real 302. Id take any real 302 over that. if i was going to spend all that money it would be on a roush or a 427R not this fake boss stang nice car but not for me
Randy 08/30/2010
I've had two '70 Boss 302's and will buy the Laguna Seca 2012 in silver if it's available with black stripes. If Ford does not make this new Boss 302 available with black stripes (I'm fond of the '70 stripes myself) for most of the colors available to order then some of them will languish on the showroom floor. Some of the pics I've seen are very cheesy, gaudy looking. And make the stripes reflective like the original. Ford has done a fantastic job on everything else.
Mike 08/29/2010
glad to hear they are bringing the boss back now if i could talk them into bringing the 429 cobra back
Zack 08/29/2010
well it's got more HP than the 5.0 and it's easily going to be more than the 5.0 and less than the GT500. So somewhere from 36k-45k is what I'm guessing
Dick 08/28/2010
I'm glad it's a 2012. That gives them time to get it right. Cause it ain't there. I say that because I had & raced a 1970 Boss 302.
1. Oversquare sucks. Too much stroke, not enough bore.
2. They didn't say anything about getting rid of powdered metal connecting rods. Forged pistons?
3. Your video don't work.
4. Wheres the shaker?
5. 70 stripes are better than 69s especially with the shaker
6. A fastback mustang needs a fold down rear seat ALA 2+2
7. Fake rear gas cap don't get it.
Get it right & I'll be the first one on the bus. This is just a mustang GT. All you've got to brag about is an intake??
diamondavej 08/26/2010
Couldn't believe it acually happend... a REAL Boss 302 Mustang with real performance to boot! In the past they stuck "Mach I" on a Mustang and a "shaker hood and scoop" and not much more. It didn't perform like you would have expected a "Mach I" to. I was very disapointed. I'm just glad they didn't drop the ball on this one!
mohammad 08/21/2010
good luck
K Schrock 08/21/2010
I love my California Special. Did you notice how they never said HOW MUCH? Server error.