• Aug 7, 2010
Ford Mustang Boss 302R - Click above for high-res image gallery, and watch video after the jump


With all-new powertrains debuting in the 2011 Ford Mustang, you knew it was just a matter of time before a new limited-edition model was introduced. Well, it looks like that time may be next week. As you all know very well by now, the 2011 Mustang GT has the new Ford 5.0 V8 underhood. Since the new race version (above) wears the Boss 302R moniker, a new street-going Boss 302 seems like a no-brainer.

During a recent Grand-Am race, the announcers let slip that the consumer-spec Boss 302 would debut in mid-August at Laguna Seca as part of Pebble Beach week. (The exact date spinning around the rumormill is August 13.) The Boss reportedly delivers about 430 horsepower with a price in the low $30,000 range. Ford's motorsports partner, Multimatic, is apparently building some special parts for the Boss 302, but we'll have to wait until next week to find out those specifics if indeed this rumor is true. Check out the video after the jump.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep them coming!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly I'm a bit disappointed by the increase in omgponies. There's nothing wrong with 86HP/liter, except for when that engine is capable of much, much more.

      I was really hoping for something more around 475HP -- 95HP/liter -- naturally aspirated. Peak power around 7600rpm or something. I mean, who wouldn't want a V8 muscle car that would start around $35K (and pushing into the low 40s with go-fast bits) that you could rev till nearly 8K? Hell, I'm fairly certain you could make it sound glorious.

      To be honest, it's probably coming eventually, since this is the last year of the Shelby GT500.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What gives you the impression that the 2011 Shelby is the last one?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Ford has stated that the 2011 GT500 will be capped to ensure exclusivity. (at around 5K units). That does not preclude a 2012 that is updated slightly.

        (reference article: I just did a quick search)
        http://www.examiner.com/x-8811-Detroit-Autos-Examiner~y2010m7d15-2011-Ford-Shelby-GT500-limited-to-just-5500-units
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rob, I have a feeling that we'll really see what the 5.0L is capable of in four months or so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know how you can be disappointed by 410+ hp out of a 5L. Did you really expect to pay only 35k for hp output along the lines of the BMW/Lambo V10s, and Ferrari's V8s?

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Boss will be rated around 430-435 but actually be putting down closer to 450. Like someone else mentioned the GT500 has traction issues (until the put the new tires on for '11) so I think they'll go for less is more on the hp. I also think they'll use more of the '11 GT500's suspension tweaks and probably the brembo and 3:73 as standard equipment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I much, much, much prefer this to the Shelby monstrosity. Seeing as how a regular GT isn't THAT much slower than a Shelby, i would be very interested in seeing how this Boss stacks up. Either way its got a great design, without the horrible front end of Shelby's and even the graphics of this Boss are pretty cool... and all for only a small premium over a GT.

      I've never been a Mustang fan, but I really like this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You weren't talking about performance value. Bottom line is the two cars are in different leagues performance wise. But yes, the GT is a much better deal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Shelby is $20k over the price of a GT.
        Get a clue what performance-for-the-dollar means, champ.

      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a billboard on Woodward Ave here in Detroit that reads "The silence ends 8.13.10" with the Ford logo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMFG!!!

      I've been waiting for a Boss Mustang since they came out with the Mach 1 in 2003!

      I wonder if the wife will let me trade my 06' GT on a Boss 302???
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this car is everything I'm hearing it is going to be, then it will be my next car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a bang for the buck!!! Mustang is slowly winning my heart! Challenger and Camaro are still my first choices. All hail American Muscle!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It amazes me how many of you people have no clue what your talking about. This is just like 69 - 70 all over again. Ford is distributing a Mustang as similar as possible to what they are racing on the track. Today's Trans-am series is the Continental Sports Car Tire Series. Get with the program people, Chevrolet is not rockin a Z/28 on the track. The information givin at the the last CSCTS is quite reliable mid 30K 430 hp. This is not a fully loaded Mustang GT. It's a tribute to the track car running today. And one more thing, the GT500 is TRACTION LIMITED, that's why the times to 60 are barely faster than the GT. If you haven't driven the car in a performance environment shut up, you spread ignorance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Boss 302 is also known for weight reduction, very competitive gear ratios (not MPG) and of course added HP that should all add up to a very serious performer.

      Consider the new 5.0 GT has run 0-60 on 4.3 sec... can the new Boss 302 beat the Shelby GT500... time will tell... soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gloria,

      I'm completely on board with most of what you said, except on price. $30k for a no-frills Mustang GT with Brembos and some suspension tweaks should keep the price in line with the quoted $30k. I'm sure no one wants leather in their track car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First, word from those in the know, is there will be NO 6.2L Mustang. That engine is too much of a gas pig, is very low tech, and would not fit in the present car (at least not while having to meet all OEM specs).

      Second, anyone who thinks the Boss will price out in the low $30's, is nuts. Like some, I expect the base price to be between the GT and GT500........... figure high $30's.

      Next, the Boss competes with nothing from GM. With the coming Z/28, GM is abandoning the original premise of the Z/28. This car WILL have the LSA, and will weigh around 4100lbs. Not exactly the lightweight roadracer. The Z/28 is GM's answer to the GT500. Nothing more and nothing less.

      Finally, it sounds like Ford is really trying to invoke the spirit of the original Boss. Light weight (relatively), tossable, high revving, road race car. I can't wait to see the details.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that I've been able to adequately process this, I think the Boss is going to be the competitor to the (future - maybe) Z/28. They were the true competitors back in the late 60s, early 70s, in Trans-Am racing, and if Chevy is shooting for 500+ HP, I think the Boss 302 is going to have to be packing more than 430. While that's a metric s*it ton to begin with, it'll need more to compete with a (possibly) supercharged LS mill in the Z/28.

      I have a feeling that if we see a Boss 302, it'll either be in the mid-400s, N/A, or it'll be supercharged, probably in the low-500s. The 2011 GT500 is supposed to be the top-of-the-line Mustang, and at 550 HP, they can't encroach too far on that territory.

      I do hope, though, that this Boss 302 has some added lightness to it. Fiberglass hood, trunklid, fenders, lightweight rims, aluminum driveshaft, DEFINITELY Brembos at all four corners. Definitely a ducktail spoiler and a Shaker hood, and hopefully a nice fiberglass chin spoiler.

      I don't see how this car is going to be low-$30s, though. I agree with the above poster that this will likely slot above the GT, so I'd expect a base price around $38k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chevy's thrown all the original cache of their naming out the window, hell they stuck SS badges on everything whether there was any actual performance increase or not. If the Z28 is supercharged, it goes completely against what the original Z28 was about.

        I do believe the Boss will be more in line with the original. High revving (though the 5.0L is already high revving, I doubt they'll bump redline), more powerful engine. Reduced weight (maybe). Bigger brakes (though I imagine it'll just come stock with the same Brembo setup already used- the rears don't need to be improved). Better suspension. Bigger, stickier tires. No frills.

        If this is true, my wife's going to get a barrage of me trying to convince her to let me buy one. She's already kind of agreed but I'd have to sell my '91 that's modified to the hilt for the track. I'm not doing that so I need to convince her that the Boss would be for the street and HPDE's while the Fox is for racing only.
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