Ford updates Mustang Boss 302 for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford stunned the automotive world with the introduction of its powerful new Mustang-based 2013 Shelby GT500. However, the new GT500 wasn't the only new pony car on display, as Ford also introduced its updated 2013 Mustang Boss 302.

The original Boss 302 was designed by Larry Shinoda, who had also styled the Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark concept car of 1961. Shinoda apparently referred to the 302 as the "Boss" in homage to Ford's President at the time, Semon "Bunkie" Knudson. The Boss 302 featured a 302 cubic inch (4.9-litre) V8 engine and competed in the Trans-Am racing series based in the United States. Reintroduced for 2012, the second-generation Boss 302 featured a 5.0-litre engine with 444 horsepower.

For 2013, the Boss 302 generates the same 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque as last year's model and comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. There's also a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential available, as well as Recaro front sport seats.

Suspension upgrades include higher-rate coil springs, stiffer suspension bushings, a larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar and standard adjustable shocks and struts. The 2013 Boss 302 is hunkered down on lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels that are connected to a Brembo brake system with four-piston calipers and 14-inch vented rotors up front. At the back, the braking system includes "Boss specific" high-performance brake pads.

Cosmetic enhancements for 2013 include a "hockey stick" graphic with reflective stripes and "School Bus Yellow" paint that pays tribute to Parnelli Jones' 1970 Trans-Am championship winning race car, which was prepared by Bud Moore. Front end styling for the 2013 Boss 302 includes a new front grille, front splitter and functional hood extractors. There are also standard high intensity discharge headlights and LED-surround taillights.

The new Boss also features a standard Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system. The SYNC system includes hands-free voice-activated calling, automated emergency calling and on-demand diagnostic and maintenance information.

"Everything we did for 2013 is consistent with and links directly back to our 1970 heritage. The reflective stripes and hockey stick graphic in particular mean something to Mustang enthusiasts," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "Last year, we proved the car had what it takes to perform, and this year we focused on enhancing its eye-catching looks and celebrating its history."

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Topics: Sports Coupe, Ford, 2013, Mustang Boss 302,

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