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2013 Mustang Boss 302 revealed with new look, tech and colors

By - November 14, 2011 – 10:01 pm9 Comments | 32,554 views

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is all about performance, and a nod to heritage comes standard with new paint options and design details for 2013.

A new hockey stick graphic featuring reflective stripes is added to the new Boss, calling back the 1970 Boss 302. 2013 Boss 302 and Boss Laguna Seca models feature new School Bus Yellow paint, honoring Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship car prepared by Bud Moore.

“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.”

The reflective stripes on Boss come to life when lights hit them, similar to how they did in 1970 on the Mustang Boss 302. The new stripe follows the classic hockey stick motif by going over the fender and extending down the body panel.

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302Boss Laguna Seca has new Sterling Gray accents and will be available in vintage School Bus Yellow and black paint offerings, complemented by hockey stick stripes and gray interior rear cross-brace. Gray also sets off the front grille, mirror caps and rear pedestal spoiler, while Laguna Seca rear badging and unique two-tone gray and silver wheels round out the exterior accents. Unlike the previous model, the roof will not feature colored accents.

Similar to the redesigned base Mustang lineup, the front end offers a more powerful design with a more prominent grille. A more powerful splitter and functional hood extractors add to that look. Boss Mustang has new signature lighting, with standard HID headlamps and LED-surround taillamps.

The 2013 Boss also offers a unique functional design feature in the grille with removable covers where fog lamps would be. For improved cooling on track days, the covers can be easily removed with a screwdriver.

Additionally, the rear end features a high-gloss black panel that connects the taillamps. The taillamps deliver a smoked appearance that matches up with the sinister look up front.

The new Mustang Boss includes Ford SYNC®, the voice-activated in-car connectivity system, as a standard feature. With the base SYNC package, customers enjoy the core hands-free features and services that have quickly established SYNC as a must-have technology, with more than 76 percent of current SYNC users saying they would recommend the system to others.

Some features of SYNC include:

  • Hands-free, voice-activated calling via a Bluetooth®-connected mobile phone and control of a USB-connected digital music player
  • 911 Assist, the automated emergency calling service that is free for the life of the vehicle
  • Vehicle Health Report, the on-demand diagnostic and maintenance information service

Revved up and ready

The powerful Boss engine yields 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, while still offering a smooth idle and low-end torque for comfortable around-town driving. A race-inspired clutch with upgraded friction materials transmits power, while a short-throw, close-ratio six-speed manual handles gear change duties.

Power is delivered to a 3.73-ratio rear axle using carbon fiber plates in the limited-slip differential to improve handling and longevity. For those who want even more precise control over power delivery, a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential is available, coupled with Recaro® front seats.

In keeping with the Boss mandate to provide the best-handling Mustang ever, the already strong Mustang GT suspension system has been further refined. Higher-rate coil springs on all four corners, stiffer suspension bushings and a larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar all contribute to the road racing mission, and Boss models are lowered by 11 millimeters in front and 1 millimeter at the rear versus Mustang GT. But the real key to handling is in the adjustable shocks and struts, standard on all Boss Mustangs.

Working in concert with the suspension upgrades, Boss 302 receives unique, lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear. The Pirelli PZero summer tires are sized specifically for each end of the car, with the front wheels receiving 255/40ZR-19 tires while the rear stays planted thanks to 285/35ZR-19 rubber.

Boss braking is also up to the challenge, using Brembo four-piston calipers acting on 14-inch vented rotors up front. In back, standard Mustang GT brakes are upgraded with a Boss-specific high-performance pad compound. The combination of vented brake shields and unique Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) tuning gives Boss drivers maximum control and rapid, repeatable fade-free stops in road and race situations alike.

9 Comments »

  • Bernie says:

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM yellow is BACK! It ain’t “SCREAMING”, but it’s YELLOW!

  • Justice S. says:

    So Ford designers re do the front end, making the grille area look like a Dodge Ram, and leave the ugly rear end, that the almost entire Mustang and BOSS community hates? Now front and back both match.

    Quality may be Job 1, but aesthetics are not.

  • Merc63 says:

    Sorry, but the rear was totally redesigned as well, with new lower fascia, new taillights (no longer do they dip down on teh bottom). The rear and front are much more cohesive than the ’10-12 models.

    The new BOSS is the one I want, though for a few bucks extra the 650 hp GT500 is pretty tempting…

  • Harry says:

    The new FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 is simply the BEST BOSS ever–The new,aerodynamic nose is not only sharp looking also (with hood outlet scoops) functional. Makes one wonder if the MUSTANG SHELBY GT 500 has run 202+MPH in tests–what could this awesomed new BOSS 302 do?? With the race ready Laguna Seca Model the new Boss 302 has the performance oriented enthusiast completely covered !! Kudo to all the Engineers,Designers,and Production folks at America’s FORD MOTOR COMPANY—you’ve created another WINNER!

  • Franko says:

    I WANNA WANNA WANNA!!!!

  • Éric says:

    I want it competition orange.

  • Derrick says:

    Love it in Gotta Have it Green. I don’t get the Dodge Ram comment… It might look similar but have you completely missed how the GT500 has looked since 2007? The front bumper is from the GT500.. That is common knowledge to true Mustang fans. I’ll admit I’m not too excited about the new tails but hey I won’t see them all the time, only the ricers will!

  • Don says:

    I just bought a red one with Recaro’s and Torsen diff, I was fortunate to have owned a 1970 BOSS 302 Cougar in Yellow. I walked in my dealer’s showroom and saw the 2013 BOSS in Red. I got weak in the knees and 20 minutes later I owned it!
    My initial impressions are WOW it’s a better car by far the original in every area, chassis, power, finish etc.
    I ordered the Trackey and it will be here next week, then I head to my local track for a day with an instructor, can’t wait.

  • a.n.onimous says:

    The 302 Laguna Seca in grabber blue!!drool!

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