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Jay Leno takes a look at the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca – Click above to watch video after the jump

Sure, Jay Leno has some pretty varied taste when it comes to cars, but the apple of his eye is likely his '66 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. He's owned the car for the better part of a quarter of a century, and it routinely comes up when he speaks about the essence of a good-driving car. It's fitting, then, that Leno was on hand for the debut of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition. With 440 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8, track-oriented aerodynamics and a lively 3.73 rear axle ratio, this sucker is designed for some serious flogging.

Leno managed to corner Tom Barnes, the vehicle engineering manager for Mustang, trackside for a quick rundown of what the new Boss and the Laguna Seca edition are all about during the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage.

Now, the really interesting part of this whole video is when Leno lets it slip that the Boss will feature a unique tech-laden key. Barnes wasn't willing to elaborate on the details, saying that more information would be released at a later date. Hit the jump to see the full video for yourself.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me, or does the undercarriage shot (at 4:37 time index) of the Boss show IRS??
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, the solid rear axle is quite obvious. In this shot the front axle is at the top of your screen. An IRS would have been huge news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doh! Brainfart. Thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not that the color scheme is so bad... after all, red looks good as an accent color on black and silver base... it's that they are using WAY too much of it. To the point that it looks cartoonish. Hopefully they offer it as a delete option.

      Beyond that, it looks like Ford did an amazing job with this car.

      Concerning the video, while I actually like Jay, it was really bothering me that he was talking to the camera and not to the actual guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely love the sound!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like Jay Leno. I really liked his spot on TopGear, and he actually wore a black suit without a tie, not just denim.

      But really is there no end to the special access and treatment this guy gets? He's EVERYWHERE!

      No regular car guy gets this kind of access, or being catered to by people bringing rare cars to his garage.

      He may have the mentality I can identify with, as a regular car guy. But his funds and access are way the heck out of the "regular" ball park.

      Half of his schtick about being a regular car guy seems true, but the other half is almost insulting, because no regular car guy gets this kind of treatment, and pretending to stand on both sides, as joe schmoe and big-time-rich-celebrity is half disingenuous.

      I don't mind that he is a rich guy. Good for him. But most of us aren't, and can't identify with his level of access and ability to generate/create media attention.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so glad that an American Car/American Car Company is finally going in this direction with their cars. Quad Cam 8, true manual six speed, factory crossbars and abs/traction control systems that are made for enthusiast driving, Recaros (been sadly missing from almost everything in the US that needed them).

      Technology and technology used correctly, thats whats been missing from so many American Cars.
      Thank you Ford for realizing that. Please don't forget it.

      Now we need to get a an independent rear from the factory for the Mustang
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here is a few reasons why not.

        The SRA currently handles as well as the BMW M3.

        Ford put alot of money to develop the SRA in the Mustang and to get rid of it would throw all that money away.

        The Mustang has had a long time to develop its SRA to handle well and dropping it for IRS would mean a complete start over.

        IRS so far shows no real advantage over the current system used and one big disadvantage which is weight.

        If it ain't broke don't fix it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thumbs-down from me for the last sentence
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why not?

        Every other new car on the road has independent suspension for a reason, and have migrated away from non-articulating axles. Mustang wouldn't lose any appeal for having the option, but rather gain some. From me, and many others.

        Chances are, it would be an option. Even if it were standard equipment, there is nothing to say that a live axle couldn't be an option, then.

        Most people who drive mustangs never see the track, either road course or drag strip. These cars primarily live in the world of potholes and frost heaves, and poorly maintained pavement pummeled to death by heavy trucks. THAT is where IRS shows it's real advantages, by not upsetting traction with every wheel movement.

        Those cars that do see the track, especially on a regular basis, are usually modified. Why can't a live axle be part of a Drag-Pack option package? A glass roof can be added, I would think an axle and suspension swap could be done, if the mounting points are available on the chassis for both. It could be factory, or dealer, or even FRPP aftermarket available, and it could include a 9" rear diff, which is more robust, anyway, for those who choose to employ a live axle.

        Saddling the car with a suspension for a smooth track, when most people live in the real world, not on a smooth track, is a bit backwards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh the envy hurts badly :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know they are going for a retro look with the color combo, but honestly the thing that bothers me most is the silver machined surfaces on the wheels. If they had just made it flat red that would have been better in my view. The two tone looks too garish and not race-worthy. Looks like something a 17 year-old kid would put on his Civic.

      Other than that, great car, and great sound!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else think Jay should get a new outfit already?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LoL, why so serious?
        Go to google and type in "Jay Leno Garage" and you will see that all he wears are those blue jeans and blue shirt.
        The guy spends a good part of every episode of his "late night" show making fun of others. You don't think he can take some criticism too? Why? Because he's a "car guy" and has lots of money? Big freakin' deal.
        I like Jay Leno. I actually think he's a really funny guy. I actually used to watch his show almost religiously. And YES I wish I had his car collection.
        Stop taking things so seriously.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sorry, no
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's wrong with the Canadian tuxedo? All denim baby!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not giving you a hard time... much.

        It's just that EVERYONE knows that Jay has a strict "denim-on-denim" policy. And, if you don't abide by it when you appear in the webcast he's forced to interrupt you while you're talking throughout the interview.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DC MIKE,

        No, I'm not the fashion police. But since I've seen a ton of his "Jay Leno's Garage" episodes, you notice things like that after a while. Kind of like the same way Sarah Palin always wore that stupid red jacket during the election, like the way Steve Jobs is always seen wearing that black turtleneck shirt with the blue jeans, or like the way Inspector Gadget always had on that grey overcoat. LoL, yeah...do you remember that grey overcoat? I hope not. Because then that would mean that you were probably also a "fashion cop" as a child.

        Geez, didn't mean to offend anyone or the "Car God" himself(Leno). Was just stating the obvious. Some of you need to dose down on the Xanax big-time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeff i agree. for a guy as rich and famous as he is, he always comes across as just a regular car guy. Albeit with the ultimate man cave!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ DC Mike:

        "What are you the Fashion Sheriff? This AutoBlog not Jalopnik."

        Fixed it for you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny thing is, jean shirts are coming back into fashion here in California. High end shirts from Lucky or True Religion go for over $100. Jay was just ahead of the trend.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I highly suspect if you had a net worth around 300 million dollars, you wouldn't give a damn what people thought about your clothes.

        Jay leno is not some vain celebrity, and that's why he's easily see as "just one of the guys".

        Would you rather sit around and talk cars with him.... or fashion?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Leno ever shut up. He's annoying !!

      But ... other than the colour combination .... that Mustang rocks
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jay is really good at interviewing these car guys and inventors that would otherwise be dry and unlistenable. The only way to improve these Jay Leno Garage vids is to include pop-up text with corrections when he's wrong. However I cannot watch a single minute of his late night talk show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That color combo is obscenely bad. Add in the red-colored wheels and it's utterly barftastic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess that they'll let multiple Jakes on here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotta love Jay Leno!

        Ultimate car guy!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I suppose you don't like the Porsche GT3 RS either !!! With it's red wheels, and aero. Or Nascar with the car covered in decals.
        This is the way Trans Am cars were painted in the era....Camaros with yellow wheels, Javelins and Barracudas with white wheels etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. I love the concept of the Laguna Seca Edition, but that color combo is horrible beyond words.
        • 4 Years Ago
        going to have to agree with Jake... and yes the Porsche GT3RS is ugly, just cause it's fast does not mean it is a good looking car in fact most of the time the reverse is true, the faster it is the uglier they make it. This color combination is downright ugly, so i guess it should be really fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ya the color combo is actually pretty nice!

        Ford did a real stand up job with this mustang! but the front splitter is horrible!! it looks so cheap and just doesn't match with the rest of the car. at least it doesn't come with it installed... very nice car tho!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotta disagree Paul. At 37 I'm seriously thinking about this in all black if it comes with a delete package. I hear what you're saying, but I already have a "suit and tie" car. This most definitely isn't for those who are under 22. Any car above the mid- $30K mark has an buyer age above 30 and the age only goes up as the price gets higher. Mainly because statistically far fewer people in their 20s have enough money to buy one. If they can they represent small percentage of overall buyers for the given car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn' t agree more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nobody over the age of 30 could drive one of these (and anyone over 22 will just get snickers). Aesthetically, it's a rolling temple of bad taste.

        But that said, if one could get it with a "graphics delete" package with un-garnished wheels, it would be a very usable toy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont see anything wrong with this color combo. Its different. I think it looks better than that ugly senergy ( Hulk)green color of the Camaro. or the played out Burnt orange color that every sports car auto maker feels they need in there line up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to admit I want one. Might be time to trade in my 2007 Mustang GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I NEED this car! Please please please Ford dont overprice this one. If the price is right Im first in line when this comes out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With a basic GT starting at 30k, I cannot believe the BOSS is going to come in under 40. Probably another 3-5k for the Laguna Seca edition. If it were my 40k I would be getting into a loaded Taurus SHO.
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