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
Altering more than 200 engine-management parameters, it messes with the Boss's brain and turns the already tasty car into a hairy, savage beast. Tickover goes from a smooth thrum toa barely legal-sounding, lumpy chug; low-end torque increases; and the throttle turns from a pedal into a switch. Also included is a two-stage launch control, which allows you to preset the rpm then just hit the throttle and dump the clutch.
If it sounds extreme, it's meant to, because it is. As Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak says: "Anything that could possibly affect all-out performance is deleted from the TracKey calibration. Any drivability enhancements are removed and replaced with pure Ford Racing competition calibration." And he's not joking. This is not just some upgraded Sport mode button - it's a full retuning of the whole engine.