Despite extolling their virtues flesh for many years, we know that there is still a large group of fans who have never been able to wrap my head around the idea of ??owning a pony car. We have heard all the excuses before, by complaints of refinement, and muscle-tensing bases Jurassic inputs shopworn stereotypes about people who drive them. What if we want to be honest, many of these concepts have troubled ourselves as well – even those of us who have won our prejudices and actually bought one of the things.
Well, boys and girls, Ford, finally has an answer to all four wheels to the opponents and skeptics: the Mustang Boss 302 Just as bacon is meat for vegetarians brings rebellious, the Orange Crush seen here is the four-wheel, apple Smoked-on-coming doubts pony car. Better yet, unlike the little ‘tasty lunch of pork, almost without guilt.
The 2012 302 Boss can bring the legendary namesake of the 1,969 Ford racing car, and a party could work on race, but Ford has made sure that it is an honest-to-Detroit proposed every day, not just a warrior weekend to overconfidence waxing BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG preens.Related Ford Mustang Boss 302 Gallery2012: Review
There never was a problem with power. The 412-hp 5.0-liter in the Mustang GT is a corker on his own, but Ford went to a lot of trouble to extract 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque for this car. They could have simply bolted on a ventilator and called it a day, but in order to maximize the reliability and remain true to the legacy of the original Boss, who asked for the naturally aspirated. To this end, the 5.0-liter motor shaft has been treated to CNC machined aluminum heads, forged pistons rods and special-sintering, sodium-filled exhaust valves and upgraded to. Other changes include a key to the 3.73 final drive ratio, revised 1.0g approved oil pan, a composite of short-term and the assumption of a single quad-outlet exhaust system
The Boss has one of the best soundtracks we’ve ever heard a mass production car.
It is those last two bits that will make you seriously consider sending greeting cards for Dearborn cringing before you even leave the driveway. Without them, would not have the glorious sound of the Boss Request Feedback ‘sky-high-rpm redline 7.500 strokes. Most of the pony cars make their power in the kingdom of revband low and lumpy. This has long been part of their charm, but it was also a kind of crossroads for buyers European intellectuals who like their V8 to be fast laps screamers. The Boss 302 meets both sets of difficult customers.
There is a lot of torque down low, but the above pattern exhaust trick that adds the wow factor. With the help of traditional posterior two outputs and a pair of small tubes of all-but-hidden out of the crossover and unloading in front of the rear wheels, Sidepipe style through a pair of disc-shaped resonators, the Boss offers one of the best soundtracks we’ve ever heard a mass production car. The system offers both race car and meows feasible refinement of every day depending on whether the driver was wearing his hat Jeckyl and Hyde. We’ve seen dual-mode system like this before, the Chevrolet Corvette, for example, General Motors, but the system goes wrong, going from silent to cacophonous in a non-linear, on-off manner. The system Boss is much more organic – you never feel that a computer is moderating the soundtrack of your car … because it is not.
Speaking of organic, the suspension system of Boss’ is not a dump-whizzery Gee, either. You will not find any iron-filing magnetic active dampers or nothing. Heck, you will not even find an independent rear suspension. What we find are manually adjustable shocks and struts, with a lower ride height (11 mm 1 mm in front and rear than the GT) and more fat than a bar waving back. The shocks offer five settings, and if you want to change, there is the knob on the dashboard, you’ll need a screwdriver. Do not worry – any excuse to open the tool box is good for the credibility newfound muscle cars.
You will not find any
iron filing magnetic active dampers or nothing.
The Boss comes in two out of five from the factory, and is an ideal configuration for the road, one that is compatible enough to face the hole, without becoming a mess dismal folds. And ‘incredibly well-tuned – there’s still a live axle back when you come across a media corner collision, but the experience is frustrating or apparently even unexpected – is only shipped with a minimum of drama, to the point that the feeling is almost part of the fun, not the behavior you need to make excuses for.
When it comes time to slow this party 3.632 pounds, the Boss’ 14-inch Brembo four-piston front brakes are happy to enjoy the abuse, so that all that is required on the back are a series of high performance pads. Make sure that the more rigid brake modulation is easy and straightforward, and we noticed no unpleasant noise when the brakes were cold.
If there is one area where the Boss dealer offers a handshake to those seeking more electronic intervention, is the steering. Connected to the meaty three-spoke Alcantara is covered with a speed-sensitive power-assisted setup with a trio of balancing settings to change: Comfort, Normal and Sport, selectable via a switch on the dashboard near the lighthouse commands. We chose the sport most of the time. It’s not a nautilus fitness levels and the added weight is in line with the rest of the experience. Normal is fine, too, and also comfort is not off-puttingly light fingertips. Although the approach is a sound multiple-effect thing, it works well, because the staggered arrangement uttering a 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero is a surprising amount of feedback for a SS.
As the GT is less powerful, the clutch boss’ is a model of progression, and do not need Vin Diesel calves to operate its carbon fiber plates. For a muscle car with a potential trail so much, the boss is surprisingly easy to drive – the short-throw six-speed manual gear is faithfully and do not mind being rushed, and the limited slip 3.73 rear axle offers V8 power to the ground with a minimum of drama. It ‘s much easier to ride than the more powerful but raw Shelby GT500, especially with our tester optional Torsen limited-slip differential (part of a package of $ 1.995 which includes Recaro seats, options). Of course, if it’s drama you want, you can get from smoking burnouts to be expected, strong tail wagging antics laugh at every corner, thanks to a lead provided by healthy Boss specific control systems, stability and traction.