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The first special edition Mustang Boss 302 was unveiled back in 1969. It was the only time the 302 was approved for production and would be the only time until 42 years later. Now, the Boss man returns in the base form of a 2011 Mustang GT. Ford is not only bringing out a Boss, but they are also revealing a special edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca model, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302.

The most special Mustang of all time will go on sale at a price of $40,995 for the Boss 302 version and at $47,990 for the Laguna Seca version. Both versions will carry a 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 HP and 380 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The difference between the two versions will lie in the Laguna Seca’s missing rear seat, upgraded suspension, and killer aerodynamic package.

Now that all of the technical mumbo jumbo is out of the way, we have to say how excited we are that Ford was finally able to approve a model that was good enough to be called the Boss. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another 40 years to experience another delectable version of the classic Mustang Boss 302.

UPDATE 03/09/2011: If you’ve forgotten about the Mustang Boss 302 - who could? - it’s time to refresh your memory as Ford has placed a configurator] online that allows you to play a bit with the options the company is offering for the Boss 302.

UPDATE 03/30/2011: What’s the best way to prove that the Boss 302 is among the best on the market? Take it to the asphalt, baby! The Mustang Boss 302 was recently tested for the the quarter-mile and a stock car with Drag Radials managed an impressive 11.4 seconds while doing 117 mph. Hit the jump for the video!

More details on the Ford Mustang Boss 302 after the jump.


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On the exterior, the Boss 302 will be distinguished by either a black or white roof panel, a unique fascia, and grille highlighted by the blocked-off fog lamp openings and aggressive lower splitter. It will also feature a redesigned front splitter. The Boss sits on lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels wrapped around Pirelli PZero summer tires, 255/40ZR-19 tires in the front and 285/35ZR-19 tires in the rear. The Mustang Boss 302 will be available in Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic, and Race Red.


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On the interior, it will get a unique Boss steering wheel covered completely in Alcantara suede and Recaro buckets designed by Ford SVT in cooperation with Recaro. The Boss 302 will also have a dark metallic instrument panel finish, gauge cluster, and door panel trim. A black pool-cue shifter ball and “Powered by Ford” door sill plates can also be found in the Boss 302.

“The new Boss 302 completely redefines Mustang capability”

“The new Boss 302 completely redefines Mustang capability,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “That the Mustang team was able to take the current Mustang GT – already a world-class performance car – and refine it further for peak track performance shows the commitment Ford has to this car and its legions of fans.”


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The new Mustang Boss 302 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 HP and 380 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The cars gets revised camshafts using a more aggressive grind, a more aggressive control calibration, a Boss-specific intake system, and a retuned induction sound tube.

Speaking of sound, the automotive music coming out of the Boss’ V8 engine will be heard clearly coming out of the unique quad exhaust system installed on the vehicle. The outlets are split between the back of the car and either side of the exhaust crossover. The side exhausts are beneficial because they don’t actually emit a ton of exhaust; their job is to release the sound of the engine.

New Technology

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The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 will also be offered with TracKey which adds TracMode powertrain control software to the car for track use, providing full race calibration and two-stage launch control in addition to stock calibration. The TracKey also increases the engine’s output from 440 to 444 HP.

TracKey is enabled by using a specially programmed vehicle key instead of the standard key. This TracKey will enable the Tracmode powertrain to adjust variable cam timing, spark maps, engine braking, fuel control, and about 200 other engine parameters. Once the regular key is used the PCM settings are taken from the factory settings as easily as they were before the TracKey was used.


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With the track in mind, Ford engineers had to focus on stability and strength to keep the Boss on the floor. For this reason, higher-rate coil springs on all four corners, stiffer suspension bushings, and a larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar help make this happen. The Mustang Boss 302 is also lowered by 11 millimeters at the front and 1 millimeter at the rear versus the Mustang GT. Adjustable shocks and struts have also been added to improve handling and come standard on all Boss models.


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The most special Mustang of all time will go on sale at a price of $40,995 for the Boss 302 version and at $47,990 for the Laguna Seca version. The options list is not very long as it only includes Recaro Seats with Torsen Differential priced at $1,995, a Boss 302 Accessory Package priced at $475, and a Yellow Blaze TriCoat Paint priced at $495.


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After 40 years of waiting, we can’t imagine that anyone would prefer a different muscle car than the Mustang Boss 302, but there’s always someone ready to take the Mopar Challenger or the Camaro ZL1 over Ford’s finest.

The Dodge Mopar Challenger is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces 470 HP and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The Chevrolet Camaro ZLI is powered by an LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that produces an estimated 550 HP and 550 lb.-ft. of torque. Both of these muscle cars come sporting more power than the Boss, but the Mustang has a certain amount of heritage that makes it the perfect choice for many people.

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  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

Ford Mustang Boss is definitely a good-looking car, and I noticed that in spite of having only a simple design, I can say that it is still looks so awesome and aggressive.

  (630) posted on 07.7.2011

The only thing that I like about the Mustang is that its aggressiveness and sportiness never fades over the decades. The speed performance of this car is quite impressive as well.

  (449) posted on 07.7.2011

As expected from the Mustang its has an impressive look and performance. And I really pity for those who said that this production needs to be killed.

  (708) posted on 04.5.2011

I don’t get why there are some that wanted to kill the production of the Mustang, without thinking that it is actually timeless. I really like how the Ford tries to come with something new every time they are coming up with new version.

  (460) posted on 04.5.2011

Yeah, that one would probably be int the highway patrol’s wishlist too. But aren’t they already getting cars from Ford? Maybe they can just trick that one out.

  (406) posted on 04.5.2011

I understand that each units need to upgrade from time to time. Otherwise, there’ll be no such thing as --- improvements.

  (40) posted on 04.4.2011

wouldnt that be nice? A state patrol edition Boss 302R?? Hahaha keep dreaming...

  (648) posted on 04.4.2011

Yeah you’re right, they will definitely have a hard time chasing this one down. Not unless they have they’re own Mustang Boss though, that is certainly going to be something.

  (40) posted on 04.1.2011

And good luck to any cop who has to chase down the guy that steals the car with the TrackKey lol

  (558) posted on 04.1.2011

Yeah, that would definitely be a bad thing if they can’t take this one off in track mode. So you really ought to keep those keys hidden, unless when needed.

  (433) posted on 04.1.2011

Sweet, those TrackKey things are a nice touch. Imagine that, you only have to plug in these and you are automatically goes into track mode. Too bad though if some crook gets a hold of them.

  (40) posted on 03.31.2011

Lee Iacocca, designer of the original Mustang in the 60’s, has come out with the Mustang 45th Anniversary edition which shares many parts with the new Boss 302 but the engine is a supercharged 296ci small block with 400 horses. A little less power but just as delicious!

  (257) posted on 03.31.2011

Unbelievable! Meaning to say that this is a concept car for 42 years and just currently make its may on the production? I want to see this run on race track of Laguna Seca and attempt to set a new record.

  (498) posted on 03.31.2011

One thing that I like about the Boss is that it combines both looks and power in one package. That car is certainly going to make your head turn, even if it’s just parked in a corner.

  (205) posted on 03.31.2011

Mustang is an old car, even if its beauty is timeless. Do Ford considering to kill this production and make a successor of it? 

  (409) posted on 03.31.2011

Well, that’s definitely the right way to make use of a Mustang Boss. But the time it has registered are actually quite as expected, they could boost it up more with just a few tweaks.

  (25) posted on 03.30.2011

well, I don’t know much about this car, but it looks very stunning with its color design, and its performance. Did they say 1969? After all those years, it still looks so trendy and up to date.

  (40) posted on 03.17.2011

Then you can go get an ugly Camero smiley

  (363) posted on 03.17.2011

This car look from behind but when you look at it from the front, Well, IMO, I don’t like it! The front bumper need a serious facelift!And I think it has a excessive design for the spoiler! Well, I’m so tired of the old face of Mustang!

  (40) posted on 03.11.2011

Haha this design is NOT old at all! The true Mustang is timeless and will always be instantly recognized as such, and as for the turns? How about 1.01 G? Close to Nissan GTR Territory!

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