Like the legendary late Sixties model that is its namesake, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a true muscle car, one that earned a Total Car Score in the top half of the High Performance category.
Reviewers had nothing but good things to say about the specially-tuned 5.0-liter V8 under the Boss 302's hood, especially its impressive acceleration and blood-stirring exhaust note. Several also commented positively on the car's well-balanced handling, which can be fine tuned via adjustable shocks and struts. A surprisingly affordable price tag makes it all the more attractive.
While the Boss 302's distinctive exterior styling sets it apart from other Mustang models, the car's passenger cabin just doesn't convey the same sense of excitement. The lack of a telescoping steering column also means some folks may have a hard time getting comfortable behind the wheel. Finally, the fact that only 4,000 of them will be produced virtually guarantees some potential buyers are bound to be disappointed.
Introduced just last year, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 returns unchanged and is unlikely to see significant updates any time soon.
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a high-performance coupe that's offered in two trim levels.
Power comes from a heavily reworked 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission offered.
Standard features include unique 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, upgraded brakes with Brembo calipers, front and rear spoilers, automatic headlights, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, 50/50-split-folding rear seats, distinctive interior trim including a suede-wrapped steering wheel, and a CD stereo. The racetrack-ready Laguna Seca model adds a limited-slip differential, upgraded performance tires, Recaro front sport seats and special gauge package and loses the rear seats in favor of additional bracing.
For a car with 470 horsepower on tap, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 returns decent EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
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