Ford's 2012 Boss 302 Mustang is destined to excited enthusiasts everywhere, but the car has been a poorly kept secret for fans of Grand-Am racing, who have watched Ford unveil a Boss 302R race car and slowly develop it into the 2012 Boss 302 road-going variant.
With a re-worked 5.0L V8 making 440 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, the Boss packs significant power upgrades over the standard 5.0 model. A re-worked exhaust and intake system are standard, with the exhaust using trick quad pipes that exit out of the back bumper as well as just before the rear wheels. The side pipes are mostly there to give an added boost in V8 rumble, but engineers have made the exhaust to be tunable via a set of discs that can alter the sound, and made the installation process for a set of aftermarket dump valves designed to be a matter of undoing a couple of bolts. An upgraded clutch and 3.73 rear end put the power to the ground, while a limited-slip differential is optional as are Recaro seats.
Adjustable shocks and stiffer springs underpin the chassis, with drivers able to choose from one of five settings but turning a knob on the shock towers. The steering feel (which can be utilized in Comfort, Normal or Sport modes selected by the driver) and traction control systems have also been optimized for high performance driving. 19×9" wheels in front and 19×9.5" wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero rubber, while Brembo brakes with 14″ rotors and a special compound brake pad help bring the car to a halt.
For those who are even more hardcore, a Boss 302 Laguna Seca model will be offered that deletes the rear seats but adds lightweight wheels, R-Compound tires, brake ducts, a front splitter and a rear wing. The Laguna Seca is apparently capable of pulling 1.03 lateral Gs and should make a potent competitor in sports car racing series across North America.
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