Mustang: Meet the new Boss - Return engagement (1) - CNNMoney.com
Ford is bringing back the Boss. The Mustang Boss 302, a name that first appeared in 1969 on a car meant to compete with the likes of General Motors' Chevrolet Camaro Z28, both on the street and on the track.
The 2012 Boss 302 will feature an improved version of the 5.0-liter V8 used in the standard Mustang GT. In the Boss, the engine is tuned to rev higher and deliver more power. For serious racers willing to sacrifice some creature comforts, there's a version that takes things a bit farther.
In the Boss, Ford's 5.0-liter V8 will be capable of producing 440 horsepower, a big jump from the already plentiful 412 horsepower in the Mustang GT.
A new intake system, camshafts and more aggressive valve timing all help produce the horsepower boost.
Even with the power upgrades, Ford promises the engine will still be amiable in around-town driving. There will be only one transmission available for this car, a six speed manual.
Engineers found the standard Mustang GT's exhaust already provided ample performance within legal noise limits. On the Boss, they concentrated on tuning the sound to provide a unique experience, Ford said.
For that, an extra pair of exhaust pipes were added. They come out just ahead of the rear wheels. While they don't carry much of the car's exhaust, they transmit a lot of its sound.
Metal discs inside the extra pipes tune and soften the sound to meet legal requirements. The discs are easily removable, according to Ford, for track driving or other situations where noise regulations aren't an issue.
or better track times, the Boss will be available in a Laguna Seca version, named for the famed racetrack.
In this car, the backseats are removed, replaced by crisscrossed steel braces that strengthen the body. Outside, the Boss 302 Laguna Seca has aerodynamic add-ons that nearly mirror those found on the track-only Boss 302R
This car also gets brake ducts that feed cooling air directly to the brake rotors for improved performance. They're also available as options on the standard Boss 302,
The Recaro seats seen here are also available as an option on the regular Boss 302.
The suspension on the Boss 302 is adjustable to five different settings. Instead of pressing a button or turning a knob inside the cabin, suspension settings are changed using screw at the top of shock absorber towers under the hood. Steering response is also adjustable through a menu in the car's instrument cluster.
Ford has not yet released pricing or fuel economy figures for the car.