The 2012 and 2013 second generation Boss 302 Mustangs pay homage to the fearsome 1969 and 1970 first generation Boss 302 Mustang muscle cars while modernizing the track capabilities of the Stang to be competitive against todays track stars, and it accomplishes these gymnastics with a classic solid rear axle like those found on the muscle cars of the 1960's and 1970's or on todays drag cars. There is no 2014 Boss 302 and the upcoming new design 2015 Mustang switch to IRS or independent rear suspensions will make these 302's instant classics! Ford claims the Boss will do 155 mph and pull over 1g (1.03g for the Laguna Seca package) of lateral acceleration, though road testers are seeing more like .95 to .98 lateral G's of road holding force.
Check the Ford Boss 302 Mustang's aggressive and muscular track stance
These Boss 302 Mustangs may not be the fastest cars on the planet, but sometimes sports cars are designed to simply bring pleasure to high performance drivers seeking classic all-American muscle car power in a safe and modern platform that handles well and is fun as hell to drive to boot. Not that it's slow mind you, the Boss 302 books! As far as collectability, the Boss 302 is a semi-limited edition model with 4,000 units manufactured per year (for 2 years, just like the original); 750 of these included the Laguna Seca package option. These Boss 302's were only built as 2012's and 2013's.
Also, the price of admission is not necessarily out in the stratosphere with a decked out 2013 Boss 302 Mustang equipped with the Laguna Seca Package hitting right at the $50,000 dollar mark (MSRP), subtract roughly $7,000 for a Boss 302 without the Laguna Seca pack (and subtract another 2k if it's not equipped with the Torsen limited-slip diff and Recaro seating pack). For the old timers that remember the early muscle car days (late 60's, early 70's), this is your second chance (or first chance if you missed it) to live the American dream if your finances allow it! There will always be bigger badder cars out there, but without a doubt you are styling it to the max in the Boss 302 muscle car.
The 2nd gen Boss 302 Mustang with the radical race track front splitter or spoiler
History and design: The second generation Boss 302 is one of the few new retro styled modern muscle cars that's actually a masterpiece in emulating the classic muscle car from which it evolved, which, in this case was the Trans-Am style 1969 and 1970 Boss 302 Mustangs. Compare the new car above with its classic counterpart below. From my perspective, cheers and high fives go out to the Ford design team for accomplishing such a faithful and functional yet modernized reproduction of an extremely capable road and track car that we can enjoy while also getting a second shot at a hot handling platform that just gets things right.
The 1st gen 1969 Boss 302 Mustang track capable muscle car
Nearly everyone has heard of the Laguna Seca or Mazda raceway which is located in California. In the United States this track is a performance car testers favorite that has evolved into America's little spot to compare track times on when they don't have the resources, or they know it won't play out as well, on the more demanding and world favorite Nürburgring test and race track in Germany. The Boss 302 legitimately breaks this rule though because it was designed to emulate the Boss 302's of yesteryear like the one Parnelli Jones drove to a win in the 1970 Trans-Am (a type of stock-car racing) season opener at Laguna Seca, hence the "Laguna Seca" Boss 302 option package which is basically a tighter suspended and aerodynamically tuned standard Boss 302 w/ the rear seat removed (for added weight reduction). Ford says the Laguna Seca package equipped Boss 302's are near replicas of the modern Ford Racing Boss 302R. The Boss 302R is the racing Mustang Ford built for the Grand-Am Sports Car Challenge Series.