Video: Ford has officially unveiled the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 along with a special edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Inspired by the classic 1969 Mustang Boss, the new Ford Mustang Boss 302 is dubbed to be Ford's fastest Mustang ever, thanks to a host of tweaks to the engine, clutch, brakes and suspension.
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT has been strengthened, lightened and refined as the Boss 302, with the Ford team reportedly using the BMW M3 as a performance benchmark.
A new larger air intake, quad exhaust and modified camshafts take power to 434hp (328kW) from the 5.0-litre V8 engine, an uprated version of the 'Coyote' engine that will be installed in high-performance Falcons by the end of the year. Torque is 380lb-ft (515Nm). Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox.
Ford has included higher-rate coil springs, stiffer suspension brushings, Brembo brakes, and a larger diameter rear stabiliser bar for a sporty ride. There is also adjustable shocks and a speed-sensitive electronic steering system with three modes: comfort, normal and sport. A limited-slip differential is available as an option.
On the outside you'll find a new grille, a front splitter and lightweight 19-inch wheels. Inside is a revised instrument cluster, dark metallic trim and optional Recaro sports seats.
The car also features a unique quad exhaust system with two outlets exiting at the rear and two outlets exiting just ahead of the rear wheels. The two additional outlets send exhaust gases through a set of metal discs that provide the Boss with a unique, but road legal, engine note. The discs can be removed to provide more noise when circuit driving.
A track-oriented Boss 302 Laguna Seca special edition model has also been revealed, which takes away the rear seats and adds race-ready suspension and other aerodynamic upgrades. The Laguna Seca has increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up, new front and rear spoilers.