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2011 Boss 302R – Click above for high-res image gallery

Is it time for the Boss to come back to the Mustang stable? According to the Pony-obsessed crew over at Mustang Heaven it is. The site reports that with the return of the mighty 5.0-liter V8, Ford is seriously considering bringing the hi-po Boss 302 version back to the streets. And what evidence do they have to bank on? Evidently, Mark Fields, the president of the Americas for FoMoCo, dropped a pretty big hint at this year's 2010 Ford Dealer Show.

Fields was speaking about the special-edition Mustangs in the company's recent past, including the Bullit, Mach 1 and C/S, and said that while he couldn't tell the crowd what was coming down the pike, he could give everyone a small hint. Supposedly a 1970 Boss 302 purred across the stage behind him as he finished speaking.

Back in the day, if you were one of the Ford faithful and wanted to tango with the big-bad Camaro bruisers, you ordered up a Boss 302. The car came with special V8 that featured a set of healthy Cleveland heads, a four-speed manual gear box and a competition-bred suspension. If we're very, very lucky, we can expect a similar build program to crop up on the new generation.



[Source: Mustang Heaven]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, so if they make a Boss what will be different from the GT? Body kit, stripes, suspension, exhaust... well great but a Boss should have a step up in power too. The new 5.0 is is awesome but outside of direct injection (probably not gonna happen) or a blower (probably gonna happen) there's not much left to do to that engine. I doubt the Boss will be supercharged for two reasons. 1: It'd be too much of a price jump for where the car would sit in the mustang lineup. 2: It would be faster than the GT500.
      I'm not complaining, I just don't know how they'll slot a Boss between the GT and the Shelby.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know which car you're talking about but those are aftermarket mods. We need to be talking about stuff that Ford is willing to do from the factory. The 2008 Bullitt came with an open element air intake, so that's an option. Direct injection is expensive but also an option. Larger exhaust (keep in mind the car already has headers) is an option but it's rare that a stock vehicle has anything too loud. Those cylinder heads are already flowing over 300cfm which is pretty awesome but it'll be tough to do more than that without forced induction. As far as computer tuning I guess they could do just about anything they want with TiVCT but it took their top engine tuner almost a year and a half to get it to where it is right now. 412hp (actually 435ish) at the crank while maintaining daily driveability is about where it sits. Sure, Ford could get that motor to put out 500hp naturally aspirated but it all depends on how expensive and how raunchy they want the car to be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want to believe that there is nothing left in the 5.0, a brand new engine, then go ahead.

        You are wrong, however.

        You will probably see somewhere around 440-450hp, N/A. There will be tightened up suspension, and a more aggressive wheel/tire package. There will be unique body and interior upgrades.

        If you want to see just a glimmer of what is possible with the 5.0, with minimal upgrades, look no further than the one modded one that is running easy 11's already. It dyno'd over 400hp to the wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the mustang I've been waiting for since the advent of the new body style in 2005. If they build a good Boss 302 I will buy one to sit next to my 2003 Cobra Convertible. Even if it means my wife's car looses its place in the garage, haha!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure what the last sentence of this article was suggesting by "next generation" but most of the rumors have been saying the Boss 302 will be a 2012 Special Edition. The next generation of the Mustang is not due until at least 2014. I also doubt the Boss will have direct injection. It is not needed to get the performance level this car should be aimed at. DI will eventually be implemented but that won't happen until fuel economy requirements justify the cost of the extremely high pressure fuel pumps, fuel lines, injectors, etc. The Boss 302 should have a slightly higher output, naturally aspirated 5.0L. That can be achieved through better induction, exhaust and tuning. The aftermarket has already proven that. BTW, the intake on the Boss 302R already has a depression cast into it to clear a strut tower brace which is not even used on the race car. What does that suggest? The Boss 302 should emphasize handling above straight line performance, just like the original. That means Brembos on all four corners and upgraded tires and suspension. Sounds like all they need to do is swap those parts from the GT500 onto a GT/CS and add the hockey stick stripes. As a matter of fact, there is one just like that roaming around MI with Manufacturer plates right now. It just doesn't have the stripes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      F$%^ yes
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that Ford wouldn't have dipped into that bit of heritage for the 302R if there wasn't a street version to follow. I also think that Ford went out of their way to ensure that the new Mustang V8 straddled the line between rounding to 302 CID and 5.0L for a reason. A production Boss Mustang would be a Boss 302, not a Boss 6.2L. I'm pretty sure they can call a Mustang Boss without using the truck engine...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 6.2 is not a truck engine per se. It was developed for racing and it was codenamed BOSS until gas prices hit $4.00.

        Here is a quote from the press kit:

        Performance heritage with proven durability and reliability
        The concept of using a large-bore engine to make horsepower is part of Ford’s DNA, especially its racing heritage – the famous Ford Boss 302 and 351 engines, for example, pioneered many of the same concepts. Several racing projects proved out the performance, durability and flexibility of the new 6.2-liter V-8 engine architecture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think they'd use the 6.2 either. But that would make a good case for the big brother Boss9...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have seen pics of the engine bay,it is going be a 302,when i ordered my 2011 gt iasked the dealer if there was going to be any trak pack or anything coming out in the next year and after about an hour of calling around he said if i wait and want to spend 70k that i could have a Boss ,so just my 2 cents
        • 4 Years Ago
        I really hope that $70k is an exaggeration. I planned on getting a convertible for my next Mustang, but if they bring out a Boss 302 for around $50k I'll be sorely tempted....
        • 4 Years Ago
        He was most likely referring to the racing spec Boss, not the street legal version this article is talking about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He was probably talking about the price after their markup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        70K?! I think that's a gross exaggeration.
      • 4 Years Ago
      o and its N/A
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Boss 302 was my favorite Mustang back in the day. It's why my first car was a '69 fastback.
      Again, the issue is that most don't understand why these cars were special, and how that will, or won't relate to today. The Boss 302 was merely a package meant for SCCA operation. The bigger brother, the Boss 429 was simply the street/strip brawler. Since Ford DOES have a 302 engine in their inventory, it makes sense to capitalize on the heritage of the original. Unfortunately, most will want/expect it to be a super-high-performance version of the GT but if it is, it will not be true to the original. Again, unfortunately, Ford doesn't have a 7.0 liter engine that could be brought out as a retro Boss 429.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's little point to trying to compare old cars and new cars on a technical level. Face it, 40+ years has changed a lot of things. My point was that cars like the Boss 302 and Camaro Z28 were very popular cars, but not really understood by a lot of enthusiasts today. Many don't understand that while these cars have a lot of street cred and are thought of as the ultimate versions of the Mustang and Camaro, they were actually versions that were specifically marketed so that their respective manufacturers could field cars in SCCA competition period. For that reason, the focus of these cars was NOT ultimate performance by many people's measure, They were designed to be light-weight, good-handling road racers with an engine displacement limitation of 5 liters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A high performance version of GT is exactly what it'll be. That's exactly what it should be. The original Boss2 was a street version of the Trans-Am series car but it was still very much a street vehicle. There was a purpose to the '69 Boss but I don't see a problem with making a retro car just to sell cars. The '69 and '70 cars slotted in just above the Mach 1's as a higher output car without jumping into Shelby territory. If Ford makes a Boss2 tribute I'm pretty sure it'll be exactly what it's supposed to be. Whether or not average Joe gets the historical reference is irrelevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, forgot to mention that the Boss 429 was developed solely to support Ford's NASCAR effort. They needed an engine to compete in NASCAR and therefore had to build and sell at least 500 to the public.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Boss 302 14.8 qtr...
        http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1970-ford-mustang-boss-302.htm

        .people think the old M/Cs where fast...some where..I had three goats and my wifes accord six could have run wiith two of them...cars much faster now..glad ford woke up and feel sorry for the ones that bought gts before the Chall and Camaro moved ford to the plate...

      • 4 Years Ago
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