Ford Mustang Boss 302 Crate Engine - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last year Ford made the Mustang's 5.0L V8 available as a crate engine. Shortly thereafter, many of them found homes in some well-deserving cars. Now, Ford Racing is offering the Boss 302's 5.0L V8 as a standalone purchase through its performance parts catalog, allowing anyone to put the 444 horsepower engine into their own project car.

The difference between the Mustang's standard 5.0L V8 and the Boss 302 variant is more than just 32 horsepower. The Boss 302 features a new high-flowing intake manifold; CNC-machined cylinder heads; upgraded exhaust valves; forged pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft; a more aggressive camshaft and more. All of those upgrades cost a pretty penny, though. Ford Racing lists the Boss 302 V8 crate engine at $11,999.00, while the standard 5.0 will cost you just $6,999.00.

Follow the jump for a full list of features, or let us know what vehicle you'd drop a Boss 302 into via the comments below.

  • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: The V8 engine of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 produces 444 horsepower. (3/2/2011)
  • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: The V8 engine of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 produces 444 horsepower. (3/2/2011)
  • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: The V8 engine of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 produces 444 horsepower. (3/2/2011)
  • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: The V8 engine of the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 produces 444 horsepower. (3/2/2011)

[Source: Ford Racing]

Boss 302 Crate Engine Features:

  • 11.0:1 compression ratio
  • Lightweight aluminum cylinder block features cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength
  • Features large sump 8.5 qt oil pan with revised oil pan baffling for improved oil control under hard cornering
  • Revised composite intake system with shorter runners, inspired by Ford Racing's Daytona Prototype engine program
  • 80 mm single bore "drive by wire" throttlebody
  • High-strength aluminum-alloy cylinder heads with fully CNC-machined ports and chambers for exceptional high-rpm airflow without sacrificing low-speed torque
  • Sodium-filled exhaust valves for improved heat dissipation
  • Forged aluminum pistons and upgraded sinter-forged connecting rods for improved strength
  • Includes manual transmission engine harness and flywheel
  • Vehicle harness and PCM not included
  • Boss 302 crate engine shown with optional Ford blue coil pack covers FRPP part # : M-6P067-M50B and NVH insulator pads, Ford dealer part # :CR3Z-6N041-A. sold separately.
  • Engine mount bosses and bellhousing mount pattern common to 4.6L modular engines.
  • Engine weight: 444 lbs

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      • 4 Years Ago
      1985 Ford LTD Wagon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to put this in a go kart. Or my Explorer.
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      Ford Fusion RWD conversion, of course. (semi kidding)
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they made a 2-door with that body style, I'd definitely buy one!
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      this thing would be perfect for forced induction, its just begging to be blown, or even turboed, that would be fun :)
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      Miata MX-5 anyone?
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        Yes. Recreate those Monster Conversion Miata's from the 90's. It has to be done. NAO.
      Nick Allain
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      I want to drop this in an ariel atom style stripped out supercar. Btw - the price difference is worth it. Think the rev's - the rev's man!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone has a 1980 Fairmont sedan for sale locally on Craigslist... brown, bench seats, Fox chassis.
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      While an extra 5 grand sounds like alot, in the modular engine world, it's not. A built shortblock with forged internals goes for at least $3000 then add Cnc heads for another $2000 and you already filled the price gap. It is worth it to everyone? of course not. But depending on your goals, it may just be the economic route considering gaskets, head bolts and all the little extra's in building you own exceed this total cost.
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        Haha, I'd actually like to see that! I wonder how it'd perform. Maybe afterwards, roll into a Bimmerfest and ruffle a few feathers. :P
      Al Boogie
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would Go with the LS3 ....Four Grand Cheaper And It Comes With The C.P.U. & Harness..!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Al Boogie
        Agree. 5.0 is a great engine, just too expensive in crate form. LS3 with a more aggressive cam would outperform the 5.0 while still being cheaper.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Also there's a much bigger after market for the LS3.
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      how do we get one who do we need to talk too??? anybody
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