You've heard us gush about the Ford Mustang Boss 302 before, calling this 444-horsepower coupe "The pony car's best ambassador." Sadly, we have yet to drive the updated 2013 model, which includes, among other things, a reworked front fascia, improved front-end cooling, a more assertive front splitter and new paint and graphics options.

Among those new color choices is Gotta Have It Green, which reminds us somewhat of Porsche Emerald Green popularized on 911 models in the 1970s, albeit a bit flatter. Photographed here being jockeyed into place at Ford's Detroit Auto Show stand this morning, this is actually the second look we're giving you at Gotta Have It, though these photos are markedly clearer (and more numerous) than the ones we showed you back in November. We like the new reflective 'hockey stick' side graphic that replaces the boomerang U-shaped treatment of the 2012 model, but if we're being honest, we're on the fence about the pastel-like paint finish.

If you don't (like) Gotta Have It, there's also a new Impact Blue paint choice, along with School Bus Yellow and last year's Black, Ingot Silver, Race Red and Performance White. Unfortunately, we didn't spy either of the other new colors on Ford's Cobo Hall show stand while we were there for a preview this morning, but they could still make the scene before press days get underway next week.

Speaking of high-performance Mustang models, Autoblog has learned that rumors of the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible debuting in Motown are 100-percent false (as if to reinforce that fact, we spotted a 2012 model on a display stand). The most-powerful 'Stang droptop will debut this auto show season, though Ford wouldn't officially say at which show (we're thinking Chicago Auto Show).

So, now that you have a better look at Gotta Have It Green, does it live up to its name? Take our second-chance poll below and let us know what you think in Comments.



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      MAJikMARCer
      • 3 Years Ago
      You don't buy a car like this to blend in with the other cars on the road.
        JayP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAJikMARCer
        There is nothing subtle about the Boss.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure about the color, but I'm sure I like the old front end better. Cooler tail lights though.
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should have made this a bit darker and a bit richer, sort of like a Lamborghini green. A Lotus-like neon green would have been cool too.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      grabber blue please.
      Dienliv
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet the internal guys keep telling themselves that they only have one more model year to keep coming up with ways to try keeping this body style fresh until the 50th Anniversary design. If this already has 444hp, the 2013 GT500 has 650hp, what happens in 2015? The Mustang gets sexy back. Round 2, Motor Trend gets to pit the GT against an BMW M3 (F30).
      Ammo_1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that the back of a Yellow Focus ST in one of the shots?
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should have been Grabber Green from the '70 Mach 1.
        nickms3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I agree. Grabber Green would of been better but lets applaud Ford for actually offering something different than your average run of the mill colors that most of the other manufactures offer. I also agree with what others are saying about the front end. The previous one is much nicer and more aggressive. Also the rear treatment looks cheap in my opinion too.
      Stefan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This colour is going to go down with the other polarizing greats.. e.g., phoenix yellow. I love these colours. One day they will be sought after.
      AnalogJesse
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just glad they did away with the horrible two-tone nonsense from the last gen.
      londonsanctuary
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one of the most awesome colors I've ever seen on a car since Electric Lime Pearl on the 2003-04 Jeep Wrangler! LOVE it!
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an awesome color, perfect for this modern muscle car
      Bill Waller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it. The '71 Boss came in a mint green that I loved as well. This would be the color for me, but hey I like flashy cars, I drive a Harlequin Golf :P
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