After 42 years, Ford has announced that it will once again introduce a Mustang Boss into its lineup. The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 hopes to follow in the footsteps of the classic 1969 Mustang Boss 302, which inspired the exterior of the new model. Styling differences between the two are subtle, but noticeable, with an emphasis on giving the new vehicle a more contemporary look that still evokes the 1969 Boss. The race-inspired 2012 Boss is powered by a retooled 5.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 440 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque.
Ford also unveiled that it is releasing a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, which are aimed at racers. They offer increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up, and an aerodynamics package taken from the Ford Racing Boss 302R.
Here are more details from Ford:
- The Boss returns! Limited production 2012 Mustang Boss 302 set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford, based on the world-class foundation provided by the 2011 Mustang GT
- 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