2011 Ford Mustang Boss 302: Meet The New Boss
by: Lyndon Conrad Bell
Ford’s Mustang owns the distinction of being the only continuously produced American muscle car. Originally introduced in 1964, there have been many high performance variations of the Mustang over its lifetime. One of the best known is the Boss 302.
Named for its engine, the Boss 302 was created to give Mustang an edge over Camaro in the then red-hot Trans Am racing series. That car enjoyed 290 horsepower from 4.9 liters, ran 14.6 quarters, and went 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds.
This coming spring, what’s old will be new again when Ford brings back the Boss 302. This time, the Boss Mustang will cradle a 440-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, ferociously funneling an estimated 380 ft-lbs of torque through a six-speed manual transmission. For us to say exactly how ferociously will have to wait until the 302 is released to us for testing. However, the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0, which makes 412 horsepower and 390 ft-lbs runs to 60 in the mid four-second range.
Keeping the 302 firmly grounded in its road-racing heritage, Mustang engineers went to great pains to improve the handling of the Boss to go along with its more powerful engine. Higher-rate coil springs; stiffer bushings, and a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar improve the agility factor.
One thing though, the shocks aren’t adjustable from the cabin. Instead, they employ a race-style underhood adjustment built into the shock tower.
To adjust the suspension, all you’ll need is a flat head screwdriver Additionally, the traction and stability control programs have a new intermediate sport mode to allow for more flexibility on the track.
Pricing has yet to be set, but the Boss 302 promises to be one of the most exciting Mustang variants released to date. When we learn more, you’ll know more.