Ford Motor Company has announced plans to resurrect its classic Mustang Boss 302 in 2012. The new model will be based on the Mustang GT and Boss models of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The prototype Boss 302 made its debut at the Laguna Seca racetrack on Friday – the same track where racing legend Parnelli Jones won the 1970Trans-Am season opener behind the wheel of a Boss 302.
Despite its retro styling, Ford says the new 302 packs the latest technology under its hood. The new Boss 302 features a 440 hp V-8 and close-ratio six speed manual transmission that delivers 380 pounds feet of torque. Ford says its new muscle car has a top speed of 155 mph and lateral acceleration of more than 1 g. In recent tests, the Boss 302 has beaten the GT’s lap speed by two seconds.
Ford’s designers took their inspiration from the 1969 model and fitted the new 302 with a new fascia and grille. They also equipped the 302 with a low-riding front splitter similar to the one featured on the 302R racing model to reduce underbody drag and front-end lift.
The 302 comes in a variety of body colors including orange, white, blue, yellow and racing red and features either a black or white roof panel and side stripes.
The interior features a suede Alcantra Boss steering wheel and cue-ball shifter handle. Optional Recaro seats, found in the classic GT500, are also available.
Ford engineers also focused on giving the 302 the same throaty growl of past Boss models. The quad exhaust system is fitted with removable sound discs to tone down the roar.
Other performance features include adjustable shocks and struts, stiffer suspension bushings, a larger rear stabilizer bar, higher-rated springs and an 11mm lower-sitting chassis. The 302 Boss sits on high performance Pirelli PZero tires mounted to black 19-inch alloy wheels.
The 302 also features enhanced rear brake pad compounds and four-piston Brembo front calipers to reduce its braking distance.
Ford will also offer a limited-edition Laguna Seca Boss 320 equipped with a racing aero package.
Chief engineer Dave Pericak said, “Boss is a hallowed word around here, and we couldn’t put that name on a new Mustang until we were sure everything was in place to make this car a worthy successor. We were either going to do it right or not do it at all — no one on the team was going to let Boss become a sticker-and-wheel package.”
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