2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Click image to enlarge

First Drive: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
First Drive: 2013 Ford Mustang
First Drive: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Ford Motor Company of Canada

Review and photos by James Bergeron

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Some will argue that the 2013 Shelby GT500 with its 662-hp supercharged engine is the best Mustang you can buy. For some, that is, perhaps, the truth. But the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is no slouch and is arguably faster around a racetrack, with its lighter front end, track-tuned suspension, and race-inspired drivetrain.

For 2012 Ford wanted to prove that the Boss 302 could perform, and for 2013 they focused on taking that performance to a new level by enhancing its looks and celebrating its history. The 2013 Mustang Boss 302 is a throwback to the iconic 1970 Boss 302 and builds on the heritage of that car with its new hockey-stick graphics package that features reflective stripes and new School Bus Yellow paint honouring Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship car.

With a starting MSRP of $48,799, the Boss 302 is more than ten grand less than a GT500, yet offers similar track performance despite its lack of grunt. The 302 may not have 662 hp, but it does have a very respectable 444 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque developed by a 5.0L V8 engine.

Power is delivered to a 3.73-ratio rear axle using carbon-fibre 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, along with Recaro front seats. And of course the Boss 302 is available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Click image to enlarge

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

Similar to the redesigned base Mustang lineup, the front end offers a more powerful design with a more prominent grille. A more aggressive splitter and functional hood extractors reinforce that look. The 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 have smoked lenses that match up with the sinister front end.

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