If you’ve been watching our video on YouTube (and >4500 people have watched it so far), then you know that details of the upcoming 2011 Mustang Boss 302 were inadvertently released on the Speed channel coverage of the 2011 Continental Challenge race in New Jersey: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-blog/?p=7497
Here’s the video to review again:
IF the details of the car as (inadvertently) announced on Speed are real, and if everything inside the development process at Ford is still on track (no pun intended), then this is the week the announcement should happen. And not by coincidence, there is a Continental Challenge race this coming weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Look for a press conference event.
The Boss 302 will apparently have 430 horses – a slight increase over the 2011 Mustang GT. However, as that car is understood to be under-rated by 20-30 HP depending on which dyno you believe, then it follows that the Boss 302 will be also under-rated. One big remaining question is the torque – given the short runners on the intake manifold from the Continental Challenge specs (below), torque could actually decrease. Again, we’ll see.
And then there is the question of price. One reader accurately suggested that the (inadvertently) announced price of $30k is a bad thing – because at essentially the same price as the GT, the car would most likely have very little extra to offer. That reader has a good point.
We’re hoping that the Boss isn’t just a new intake and a couple of retro Boss stripes. It needs at a minimum a suspension to match the expectations of it’s name. We’ll almost certainly still be stuck with ye olde solid axle, despite a modern and lighter independent rear suspension sitting on the shelf. And a modern suspension is very much needed to better equalize the Mustang against it’s newly-energized competition from BMW and Chevrolet. You’ll note that the Mustang isn’t doing as well as it used to do now that it actually has competition on the track.
Stay tuned to DrivingEnthusiast.net for full details if and when they emerge. You’ll note that we have Mustang blog categories – all with RSS feeds:
- DrivingEnthusiast Mustang blog: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-blog/?cat=848
- DrivingEnthusiast Mustang blog RSS feed: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-blog/?feed=rss2&cat=848