Ford’s goal in developing the new Boss 302 Mustang was to create a car equally at home on the track or on the street. Based on the already stellar Mustang GT, the Boss 302 receives a few engine tweaks to bump it up from 412 horsepower to 430 horsepower, but the real work was done on the car’s suspension (especially on the Laguna Seca edition Boss 302 Mustangs). I could run down a list of components, but I’ll keep it simple: practically every suspension component on the Boss 302 is thicker, stiffer or lower than on the Mustang GT. That translates into some pretty spectacular lap times, and Motor Trend shows just how easy the car is to drive at speed. How fast is it around Laguna Seca? Would you believe over 4 seconds faster than a Shelby GT500, over 2.7 seconds faster than a BMW M3 and over half a second quicker than the Audi R8?
I’ll be completely honest with you here: if I could find a corporate job paying middle income wages, I’d be ordering up a Boss 302 as soon as I got my first paycheck. Even factoring in the inevitable dealer price gouging, the Boss 302 is the performance bargain of the year, and may be the best dual purpose street / track production car made. I haven’t driven one (yet), but I’ll be sure to let you know when I get my hands on one.