2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Review
– by MaryAnne Wendt
I had the pleasure of attending a Ford drive event recently. All the latest Ford cars were there, lined up with keys on the dash, waiting to be driven. I saw the Explorer, Taurus, Focus, and eco-friendly Fusion and C-Max hybrids. A row of muscle cars were calling to me: The Mustang V6, Mustang GT and, (gulp), the Boss 302. I had to jump in the Boss first. I couldn’t wait to drive this sweet red beast.
I turned the key and fired up the engine. It growled as my foot hit the gas. My heart was pounding and I had butterflies in my stomach. I was in love. I couldn’t wait to hit the road.
What was it about the Boss that I was so giddy about? First of all, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It had all the lines of the legendary 1970 Mustang Boss 302 with a modern look. The bright red paint, black racing stripes demands your attention on the road. The deep sounds of the quad exhaust, 444-horsepower V8 yells, “Move over. I’m a bad ass.” You really are the boss when you are behind the wheel of this car.
Aside from the 380 pounds of torque at 4,250 rpm, I loved the interior features. The suede wrapped steering wheel, Recaro seats that hugged my body, and cute baby blue lights on the gauges were my favorites. And my purple Michael Kors fit perfectly in the sunglass holder!
High tech features include: Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system with hands free connectivity to mobile devices and USB music players and on-demand vehicle diagnostics. I love the 4.2-inch LCD with Track Apps, which allows the driver to monitor performance. Get your g-forces, 0-60 and braking times. (In case you were wondering, the Boss has a time 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a quarter mile time of 12.4 seconds.)
The 6-speed cue ball-style shifter fit perfectly in my hand. Shifting was a blast. With adjustable shocks/struts, the Boss handled like a champ. I can only imagine what it would be like on the track. I hit each gear so fast and took S-turns with ease. Stops on a dime. Thank you, Brembo. Hitting it hard on the straightaway gave me a perma-smile as my head stuck to the back of the seat.
With an MPG (city/hwy) of 15/26 you can get groceries, enjoy a drive to the beach and still make it that PTA meeting with plenty of fuel left in the tank. I’m impressed with the starting MSRP of $42,200 – not bad for this caliber of sports car.
Who’s the boss? The Boss 302 is.
Why This Ride?
* Throaty horsepower (44 more hp than the Mustang 5.0 GT)
* Modernized Classic design
* Ford Sync Voice Activation