2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Mustang for 2013
16th November, 2011
Mustang ..... 40 years of history!
12th April, 2004
21st November, 2011
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. America's 2013 Boss 302 and Boss Laguna Seca models feature new School Bus Yellow paint,
honouring 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
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 mudguard
and extending down the body panel.
Boss Laguna Seca has new Sterling Grey accents and will be available in vintage School Bus Yellow
and black paint offerings, complemented by hockey stick stripes and grey interior rear cross-brace.
Grey also sets off the front grille, mirror caps and rear pedestal spoiler, while Laguna Seca rear
badging and unique two-tone grey and silver wheels round out the exterior accents. Unlike the previous
model, the roof will not feature coloured accents.
Similar to the redesigned base 2013 Mustang line-up, the front end offers a more powerful design
with a more prominent grille. A more powerful splitter and functional bonnet extractors add to that
look. Boss Mustang has new signature lighting, with standard HID headlamps and LED-surround
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
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 per cent 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 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, coupled with Recaro® front
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 stabiliser bar all contribute to the road racing
mission, and Boss models are lowered by 11 millimetres in front and 1 millimetre at the rear versus
Mustang GT. But the real key to handling is in the adjustable shocks and struts, standard on all Boss
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 tyres are sized specifically for each end of the car, with the front wheels receiving
255/40ZR-19 tyres while the rear stays planted thanks to 285/35ZR-19 rubber.
Boss braking is also up to the challenge, using Brembo four-piston callipers 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.
The 2013 Ford Mustang models will be released across North America during Q3 2012.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Mustang Boss 302 circa 1969-70
With styling tweaked by newly arrived Ford designer Larry Shinoda, the new-for-1969 Boss 302 sported
front and rear spoilers, blacked-out bonnet treatment and racy side stripes for a look that screamed
Beyond the bodywork, the Boss 302 didn’t disappoint. Its engine combined a four-bolt main Windsor
small-block with reworked heads from the then-new 351 Cleveland engine. A forged steel crankshaft,
connecting rods and pistons rounded out the reciprocating assembly. The result was a free-breathing,
high-revving powerplant making what Ford claimed was 290 gross horsepower – though actual output is
estimated to be significantly higher.
Ford engineers also thoroughly massaged Mustang’s suspension in an effort to meet then-boss Semon
“Bunkie” Knudsen’s mandate “to build absolutely the best-handling street car available on the American
market.” Stiffer springs and shocks, special sway-bar tuning, a stiffened chassis and wide tyres led
to the fastest Mustang ever to lap the Ford test track up to that point.