Ford has officially released an all-new BOSS 302, based on the BOSS 302R that came out several months ago, and reminiscent of the original 1st Generation BOSS 302, which only lasted from 1969-1970.
The “Blue Oval” company unveiled this beloved beauty at Laguna Seca, as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance activities. The Boss 302 will cost about $35K, which is about what you would pay for a well-equipped 2011 Mustang GT.
Though using the new 302-ci Coyote motor found in the 2011 Mustang GT which makes 412-horsepower, the Boss 302 will put out about 460-hp on the dyno. Yes, 460-hp. Ford has advertised it at 440-hp estimated. The 412-hp motor on the Mustang GT has been consistently dyno-tested at the crank to be 430-hp. Production will likely be limited, and many will just squirrel these sweet charlies away in a garage somewhere, poor ‘Stangs.
Limited-production track-oriented Boss 302 Laguna Seca model will also be offered to expand on Boss racing aspirations, deleting rear seat and adding race-ready suspension and aerodynamic treatments. It’s named for track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener.
According to Ford, the new 5.0 is 302.15 cubic inches, which is actually 4.95 liters. If Ford were to remake the BOSS 429, they would need a 7.0-liter motor. Strangely enough, Ford has 2 new motors, ironically named the BOSS motors. One is a 6.2, the other a 7.0 monster which Roush used to produce 800-hp on E85 biofuel in an experimental Mustang. Will Ford dare to stuff a 7.0-liter beast in a Mustang? Will they need to hire Kar Kraft again to do it, like they did in 1969 for the BOSS 429? I have a feeling they are not that crazy, as the car would be too nose-heavy, though they may make a one-off show car bearing the BOSS 429 name.
The BOSS 302 first appeared in 1969, and lasted only until 1970, as a model destined for the SCCA Trans Am series, to compete with the Chevy Camaro Z28, which stole the Mustang’s 1967 championship in 1968 and 1969. Parnelli Jones took the win in the BOSS 302 in 1970.
Boss upgraded in nearly every vehicle system; engine output, brakes, suspension, interior and exterior all examined to optimize weight, aerodynamics and track performance. Full Mustang team effort results in a comprehensive re-engineering available only through the factory; new Boss is not a package that can be purchased out of a catalog or achieved through tuning or aftermarket parts.
Limited-production track-oriented Boss 302 Laguna Seca model expands on Boss racing aspirations, deleting rear seat and adding race-ready suspension and aerodynamic treatments. 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.
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. A race-inspired clutch with upgraded friction materials transmits power, while a short-throw, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission handles gear change duties.
Power is delivered to a 3.73 ratio rear axle using carbon fiber plates in the limited-slip differential to improve torque handling and longevity. For those who want even more precise control over power delivery, a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential is an available option coupled with Recaro front seats.
Up front, a Boss-specific intake system is tuned to feed the engine with minimum restrictions. A retuned induction sound tube provides concrete aural evidence of what’s occurring under the hood. And, in the Boss exhaust system engineers really had some fun.
For More Information visit the 2012 Boss 302 Mini Site
In 2016, perhaps we’ll hear about a Mystic Cobra for it’s 20-year anniversary.