Ford could have seriously botched the return of the Boss.
It would have been easy to take a basic Mustang GT, slap on some racing stripes, a new badge, and some custom wheels and launch a marketing campaign saying the Boss has returned.
Thankfully, Ford didn’t take that easy marketing path and will offer a genuine Boss 302 for the 2012 model year. The company says,
This new model is steeped in performance heritage and is set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford.
Excited? Just wait till you see more pictures and read the specs. The Boss is truly back, baby! Should the Camaro be shaking in its wee little boots?
Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 will produce a blistering 440 horsepower in the Boss, a big jump from the already hearty 412 horsepower in the Mustang GT. The extra grunt comes from a new intake system and camshafts and more aggressive valve timing. Even with the power upgrades, Ford promises the engine will still be friendly for in-town driving. Thankfully, there will be only one transmission available: a proper row-your-own six-speed manual.
While the car may be friendly for your in-town driving purposes, that’s not to say people around you will like it. That’s because engineers decided to give the Boss a unique sound by adding an extra pair of pipes specifically for that purpose.
That’s right folks, a pair of dedicated exhaust pipes come out just ahead of the rear wheels and carry the rumble of the Boss’s V8, while most of the exhaust gets sent through the rear-facing pipes. But wait, it gets even better: Metal discs inside the sound-producing pipes tune and soften the sound to meet legal requirements, but are easily removable for track driving or other situations where noise regulations aren’t an issue. Prepare to blow some eardrums!
The exterior is inspired by the original 1969 model with either a black or white roof panel, C-stripe, a rear spoiler, and an aggressive front splitter. This thing looks downright mean! Available colors include Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic, and Race Red.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet.
Should the Camaro be afraid? Absolutely. But only until the 556-hp, 6.2-liter Z28 arrives!
Which car is king: the Ford Mustang Boss 302, Shelby GT500, or Camaro Z28?