Ford Mustang Boss 302: first drive
Ford says its 444bhp ’Stang out-handles the best Europe has to offer. True or false? There’s only one way to find out…
Posted: 05 May 2011
It was a race-winning formula that worked then, and it's a similar approach that works so well on this version. Starting with the engine, the company takes the standard Mustang GT's 5.0-litre V8 and, among a long list of upgrades, drops on some exquisitely polished CNC-ported heads, adds twin independent variable cam-timing and a new intake system lifted from the 302R race car.
This work adds 32 horsepower, bringing the total to 444bhp at 7,500rpm - 1,000 rpm higher than stock. Peak torque is down 10lbft on the standard GT at 380lb ft, but you don't miss it. As you're generally far too busy burying the needle in the second half of the tacho. Instead of an aftermarket gearbox, Ford's engineers have tweaked the regular six-speed 'box to make it slicker, quicker and tougher.