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Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. The stripe should have given away which model of Mustang it was. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.


Chosen randomly from the entries was Jim Muraski, of Martinez, who wrote:

“This week’s car is 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. This modern-day muscle car is powered by a double-overhead-cam, 32-valve, port fuel-injected aluminum 302 cubic-inch-displacement V-8. This finely tuned hot rod powerplant puts out 444 horsepower at 7500 rpm, which propels this Boss from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and to 12.8 seconds at 113 mph in the standing quarter mile.

“Even with this high-powered, big-cammed motor, she still idles as smoothly as your mama’s Camry. The $42,000 street demon in this photo is aptly hued in Ford’s ‘Race Red.’ ”

He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Also identifying the car were:

AUGUSTA: Tyler Lunz and Richard Simanski

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “With the classic Mustang lines, this is easily identified as a Mustang, and the twin striping down the side further IDs it as the revitalized Boss 302 version. Based on the 1969-70 original, which only produced an advertised 290 horsepower, this latest iteration produces an advertised 444 horsepower and still delivers 17 mpg in town.

“Since insurance companies in the late 1960s were beginning to penalize car owners with cars exceeding 300 horsepower, manufacturers were somehow monkeying around with the advertised rating; it was rumored that the original Boss 302 actually produced around 350 horsepower. I recall seeing these all over Augusta at the time, but neither I nor any of my friends had one (all GM guys, you understand) so I have no personal story to tell on them.

“I know that when one of those originals comes up for auction at the big auction houses such as Barrett-Jackson or Mecum that they are drawing a lot of attention and usually large bids as well. At those auctions, one can be fairly confident that the car has been validated to the nth degree and cleaned and detailed to better than showroom condition.

“Will the latest iteration from what I just heard referred to as ‘The Golden Age of the Super Muscle Car’ be as popular a collectible as the original? Only time will tell …”

CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The new Boss sports a higher-tuned version of Ford’s new-generation 5.0-liter V-8 powerplant. This 412-horse dual overhead cam fire-breather, already a technological marvel, has been further honed to produce 444 horses and revs to a stratospheric 7,500 rpm.

“Engine component specifications include materials and manufacturing processes that were cutting edge racing items just a few years ago. The fact that all of this power and efficiency can now be had in a fully-warranted, off-the-showroom-floor vehicle is truly amazing.

“Ford has done an incredible job with the current Mustangs, but they are not resting on their laurels. Keenly aware of counterstrikes from GM and Chrysler, Ford unveiled the 2013 Mustang earlier this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will reportedly be available with up to 650 horsepower… straight off the production line.”

EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “The car of this week is a Ford Mustang Boss 302. Some professional drivers say that this is the best-handling Mustang that they have ever driven. With only 4,000 planned to be built, it could become a collector’s toy.”

PJ Rodgers identified it as a Mustang and wrote: “I was instantly (transported) back to 1966, when I purchased my first new automobile, a Mustang. I am glad to see that Ford Motor Co. went back to the classic styling of the first Mustangs produced.”

FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “The car door shown in the picture is from a 2012 Boss 302 Ford Mustang coupe. It is shown in Competition Orange with the distinctive ‘reverse C’ stripes on the side panels. The Boss is back.

“It was originally created in 1969 and 1970 as a performance answer to the Chevy Camaro during the pony car wars. The 302-cubic-inch small-block engine was modified and created 290horsepower with a four-speed manual transmission. The 2012 Boss 302 uses a modified 5-liter V-8 and produces 444 horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission.”

MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller

WATKINSVILLE, GA.: Joe Arp wrote: “The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 … 444 horsepower: Unbelievable!”


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