Following the success of the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that became available as a crate engine last year, Ford Racing is looking into adding another stand-alone choice for its muscle car-loving fanbase. This time it is a crate engine option featuring the Boss 302’s 444-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Sign us up, Ford!

Performance improvements notwithstanding, the Boss 302 5.0-liter V8 engine comes with plenty of improvements compared to the standard version, including a new high-flowing intake manifold, forged aluminum pistons, and upgraded sinter-forged connecting rods. There is also a more aggressive camshaft, high-strength aluminum-alloy cylinder heads with fully CNC-machined ports and chambers for exceptional high-rpm airflow without compromising the engine’s low-speed torque, and sodium-filled exhaust valves for improved heat dissipation, among other things.

While all the improvements over the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 engine are really to die for, the Boss 302 variant does come with a steep price. Literally. Whereas the former will cost you $6,999 for the crate engine, the latter will set you back further, to the tune of $11,999.


Source: Ford Racing

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  (445) posted on 06.17.2011

hmm. I thought this would offer a modern engine like v10 0r v12..I don’t get what’s so interesting with v8 technology and it doesn’t even offer a higher power output.

  (498) posted on 05.5.2011

It sound so useless and pointless. As a buyer and looking for a great engine and performance. Well, I think its better to choose a car manufacturer that offers those thing rather upgrading the engine and hope for a better output.

  (506) posted on 05.5.2011

Well, for me the performance of this Mustang is kind of impressive! I have to admit that I’m not really satisfy with the output power of American muscle. However, I think this engine makes a big difference in the history of Mustang.

  (449) posted on 05.4.2011

I would say that Mustang has a timeless beauty and its been one of the favorite among aftermarket company. However,I think for a V8 engine those performance is quite less powerful but of course its a muscle car so we couldn’t expect a high figure.

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