As the first and longest-running car in its class, Ford’s immensely successful Mustang remains the stuff of legends today. Paying homage to the Boss 302 of 1969-70, purpose-built for supremacy in the SCCA Trans-Am racing series, the Boss returned for 2012-13 as the hottest non-Shelby Mustang available. The timing for a new Boss was perfect, given the Mustang’s modular V-8 engine was upsized in 2011 to 5.0 liters (approximately 302 CI).
Uprated to 444 horsepower, the ‘Coyote’ V-8 engine is one of today’s most responsive and free-revving high-performance engines, capable of 7,500 rpm. In addition to variable valve timing and a specific intake system, the Boss 302 mill features forged pistons, sodium-filled valves, high-performance valve springs, an oil cooler, and high-lift cams. A unique quad-outlet exhaust system exits at both the sides and the rear of the car, yielding freer breathing and power. A six-speed manual transmission sends the Boss’ power to a 3.73:1 rear end – capably located by a sophisticated live-axle setup that almost fooled some testers into believing Ford’s wizards might have slipped an IRS underneath the car.
Straight-line Boss performance is awesome, with both the factory and magazine testers reporting 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.0 seconds and a sub-13-second quarter mile time. However, the Boss’ true magic lies in its responsiveness, stellar handling, and anchor-like braking. Carefully engineered chassis updates include huge Brembo front brake rotors and calipers, adjustable shocks, and adjustable electronic power steering. Supporting elements include 19-inch aluminum wheels, a “Boss” hood including heat extractors, 1970-style Boss 302 graphics (reversed “C” stripes in 2012), and a unique grille, front air splitter, and rear spoiler. Boss 302 interiors included unique trim, a suede-wrapped steering wheel, “Boss” cloth seats, and Ford’s Sync infotainment system. Accents include a Dark Aluminum instrument panel, gloss painted center stack and console, and metallic clutch, brake and accelerator pedals.
The rare, track-focused Laguna Seca takes the already awesome Boss 302 experience to the extreme. Essentially a racing car with license plates, it features brake cooling ducts, a more aggressive front air splitter, a Torsen torque-sensing limited-slip differential, and Grey painted 19-inch aluminum wheels mounting R-compound tires. Inside, Recaro “Boss 302” embroidered seats and the rear seat is deleted and replaced by a cross-car X brace for additional stiffness. Updates for 2013 included Sterling Gray accents, a new grille with air vents and removable covers in place of fog lamps, LED daytime running lights and LED surround taillights. A 180-mph speedometer and 7,500-rpm tach redline clearly hinted at the performance potential of the new Boss. Road testers were unanimous in their praise, including Car and Driver magazine, which reported “If any Mustang deserves to be described by the term “sports car,” this is it.”
This Boss 302 offered here is one of only 501 produced in the rare black color for 2013, with the all-out Code 501A Boss 302 Laguna Seca option costing $6,995 new. A true homage to the 1970 racecars that won the SCCA Trans-Am championship, this example benefits handsomely from the wonderfully obsessive care of a true collector/enthusiast. Stunning in Black with Grey Boss 302 reflective stripes over a Charcoal and Black interior complete with competition-style RECARO bucket seats, it has covered just 1,956 indicated miles at the time of writing. Optional exhaust cutouts yield even more power and a stunning exhaust note. When ordered new, this example was even specified with the super rare, factory-optional commemorative box set including the book, “Boss 302: Ford Remakes a Legend.” Other excellent items include the factory plastic protective seat covers and other delivery items usually discarded upon dealer preparation for delivery, plus the factory books and manuals and three window stickers.
A modern-day “instant collectible,” this stellar and virtually new 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition is the product of the singular drive among the engineers at Ford Performance to produce quite likely the ultimate Mustang for committed drivers. As close as you can get to an original Trans-Am racing car for the road, it delivers an amazing, visceral rush and immense enjoyment with every drive. Experience it for yourself today!
Offered for $58,500