• Aug 21, 2010

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – Click above for high-res image gallery

We may have gotten our first glimpse of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 at this year's festivities in Monterey, but the Blue Oval folks quickly hot-footed the new 'Stang back home to Detroit for a showing at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise.

It may be raining at this year's Dream Cruise, but the Boss still looks like its ready to devour some pavement. It's certainly built to handle that task, what with a 440-horsepower version of Ford's 5.0-liter V8 under the hood. In both standard spec and special edition Laguna Seca trim, we're big fans of the Boss treatment, and it's certainly causing quite a stir here in gloomy metro Detroit.

Click through the gallery below to see high-res shots of a few different Boss Mustangs live from Woodward Avenue, and check out the dream cruise for yourself by visiting our livestream.



Photos Copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing and Chris Shunk / AOL


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      TK1215
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being one of those 40-50 year olds, I have to say that it is pretty impressive to look at this car and the upgrades that they have put into it. This is truely a race car for the street. I have always been a fan of the classic 60's and 70's muscle cars of all makes. In particular I have had a spot in my heart for the classic fastback Mustangs. I currently own a 08' Bullitt Mustang and yes it is my first Mustang! I am very happy with the product that Ford put out and I plan to keep it until I am an old man. It is a great performance car, both with ride, speed, torque and looks. I drove it cross country for the 09' Mustangs Across America/45th aniversary of the Mustang. San Francisco to Vegas and then on to Birmingham. I was truely impressed with all aspects during this long drive.
      Now fast forward to now and Ford is pulling out the stops to bring back the Boss! This car is truely bad ass! Some will say the ride might not be the most comfortable, or it is too loud, or the color or stripes don't look the best. They just miss the point! Back in the day, people either loved or hated the look of the original Boss Mustangs! This car isn't about being the prettiest or the most comfortable. This is about an attitude. And that attitude is: Hey you look at Me! And, Oh by the way, how did you like what I just did to you and yours. This is about kicking ass on the track and the street. All the big three are putting out fantastic, cutting edge muscle cars. We should all be jumping up and down that the good old days are back !
      • 4 Years Ago
      The side stripe running through the rear marker light is just wrong.

      Can I get a Boss without stripes and colored wheels? A fender sticker saying Boss 302 without the striping is all I want.
        kaimonkey
        • 4 Years Ago
        but whyy ?
        this looks positively menacing !
        Pug_Power
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the stripes look pretty decent. Usually these things end up looking a bit tacky, but at least it me, it helps complete the aggressive muscle look they want to achieve. I'm pretty excited to see one in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just got a woodie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the new Boss 302 is way cool and pays respectful tribute to the orginal '69, paint scheme and all, especially the chin spoiler, its necessary for racing aerodynamics!!

      Most respondents on AB are totally clueless about what it takes to make a car road and race worthy and Ford has accomplished it with the Boss 302.... just me 2 cents worth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do we know the price yet?
        • 4 Years Ago
        On a straight line........yes, but what about that first turn?
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, its a $36000 mustang that sure as hell could spank the pants off a $36000 BMW
        • 4 Years Ago
        Better yet: do we know the release date?
        • 4 Years Ago
        $36k sounds good, but is that official from Ford?

        That seems a little optimistic to me. We'll see, I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sea urchin, this mustang was benchmarked with the e92 m3 (which is the current gen) and beats it around laguna seca. Try reading up before opening your mouth
        • 4 Years Ago
        That sounds like a great deal.

        A standard GT + all the track bits you'd have to add on + labor would be far more than $36k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read around $36K+. Don't forget about dealer mark-up..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin
        The Mustang GT stock is just a tick under 1.00g skidpad. The GT500 hits 1.2g. That's Porsche/Ferrari handling capability. The Mustang GT only weighs 3600 lbs. It will decimate a BMW around a course.

        The old muscle car specialties are no longer at the cost of vehicle dynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I love the performance aspect of this car, and love the 'Stang in general, the appearance differences on the BOSS just don't do it for me - I'd also choose a 'delete' for those if I could - no stripes, just the lettering.

      And does anyone else automatically think 'Batmobile' when they see the black one with the red trim?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wasn't the black with red decals the Laguna Seca edition?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No idea, but it shows up in the photo gallery in the above post, wearing a 'BOSS 302' sticker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Amreican Car Hating Jeremy Clarkson will have the balls to test one and eat a load of crow (Crow that has been boiled, no doubt. LOL).
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's still got the same stupid taillights they went to in 2010. If Ford wants to revive the Boss 302 they should do a retro of the 1970 Mustang. Move the headlights into the grille, replace the current headlights with air vents, and go with rectangular taillights recessed in the rear panel. That would be an AWESOME looking muscle car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And here I thought those had gone out of style in the 80s. Good to see at least someone isn't fearful about bucking the trend, so to speak.
      makemineboss302
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never owned a Ford, always been GM or BMW. Just placed a deposit on the first order option from my local dealer. This will be a lot of fun for 35 to 40 grand. Hope to turn a few heads with it and feel sure I will.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Such an awesome car, I want one
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the graphic treatment that worked in 1969 and 70 doesn't work at all in 2010. It looks like it was designed by an old guy in a loud Hawaiian shirt trying to be "hip".

        Maybe it suits your taste (motorcycle graphics seem at home with this) but aesthetically, it just fails so hard. Anyone over 30 would look like a fool in this.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @paul,

        Who do you think buys retro muscle cars?

        People who want to re-live the originals. Even those guys trying to look hip in hawaiian shirts.

        People under 40 weren't even alive when the originals were built.

        and a retro car design gets retro graphics.

        Besides that, if you don't happen to like it, they are vinyl. Have the graphics removed. You could go with a very simple "boss 302" text that is reminiscent of the 69/70 Boss 429, which had loud colors, but pretty much no graphics besides the text on the fenders.

        Put a matte black vinyl on the power dome of the hood, and then the ford accessory hood scoop over that, to make the scoop's opening look a bit larger, and it might slightly resemble the big scoop on the Boss 429.
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