In 1969 Ford unleashed the Boss 302 Mustang in order to compete in the then-popular Trans-Am racing series (and versus its arch-rival Penske Camaro Z28s), and unknowingly created one of the most coveted editions of the running pony in its illustrious history. The Parnelli Jones-driven Boss won the Trans-Am championship in 1970 (the last year the Boss 302 was made), cementing its place in racing lore. Now Ford has decided to revive the Boss nameplate with a limited edition run of re-tuned Mustangs. The new Boss 302 is designed to fit in the Mustang lineup between the GT 5.0 and the top tier GT500, its revised-intake engine tweaked to raise the 5.0L V8’s output from 412bhp to 440bhp. The Boss 302 loses 10 b-ft of torque, however, as it is configured for high-rpm race track speed in mind more so than off-the-line take-offs. As the Boss series were intended for both street and course racing, handling and suspension are held paramount. An upgraded clutch, 14” Brembo brakes, stiffer springs, larger diameter anti-roll bars, adjustable suspension and a “quad exit” exhaust setup — with 2 exhaust outlets out back and two on the side — are included. The exhaust can be switched for track days, allowing for much more aggressive exhaust notes out the sidepipes. The unique Ford dampers can be adjusted with a screwdriver as well, loosening them for highway driving and tightening them back up for course racing. Pirelli PZero tires with 19” rims are standard, and the car is available in 5 colors: Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, and Race Red. Interior-wise the Boss gets an 8-ball short shifter knob, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, embroidered seats, custom badging and optional Recaro seats. No word yet on pricing, although the car should hit showrooms by next summer.
Ford revives its 1969 racing champion