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    A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
    Paying Homage to a ’70s Legend




    2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 builds on the heritage of the 1970 Boss 302 with new, reflective hockey stick graphics package – first modern application on a production car


    A bit of Boss History: 1969-70 Boss 302

    With, the all new 1969 Boss 302 with styling by newly arrived Ford designer Larry Shinoda sported front and rear spoilers, blacked-out hood treatment and racy side stripes for a look that screamed performance.



    In the performance department, 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 tires led to the fastest Mustang ever to lap the Ford test track up to that point.


    Unveiled at the LA Auto show , Nov. 15, 2011 – The 2013 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. 2013 Boss 302 and Boss Laguna Seca models feature new School Bus Yellow paint, honoring 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 history"

    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 fender and extending down the body panel.




    Boss Laguna Seca has new Sterling Gray accents and will be available in vintage School Bus Yellow and black paint offerings, complemented by hockey stick stripes and gray interior rear cross-brace. Gray also sets off the front grille, mirror caps and rear pedestal spoiler, while Laguna Seca rear badging and unique two-tone gray and silver wheels round out the exterior accents. Unlike the previous model, the roof will not feature colored accents.

    NEW FRONT END DESIGN

    I believe Ford redesigned the front end on it's entire Mustang line so they could take the Mustang to the next level in on track performance with increased cooling capacity and more effective downforce, the front end offers a more powerful look with a more prominent grille. A more powerful splitter and functional hood extractors add to that look.



    Boss Mustang has new signature lighting, with standard HID headlamps … .

    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 screwdriver.



    NEW REAR DECK DESIGN

    LED-surround tail lamps.

    Additionally, the rear end features a high-gloss black panel that connects the tail lamps. The tail lamps deliver a smoked appearance that matches up with the sinister look up front.





    INTERIOR


    The optional Recaro seats are back again but to a more updated upscale interior package.





    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 percent of current SYNC users saying they would recommend the system to others.



    The car also gets a new instrument cluster with a 4.2 inch LCD screen that has Track Apps for performance monitoring on the track.


    Here are just some pic’s of those Apps”.





    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 GT500 type carbon fiber 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.




    Boss models are lowered by 11 millimeters in front and 1 millimeter at the rear versus Mustang GT. But the real key to handling is in the adjustable shocks and struts, standard on all Boss Mustangs.

    Key to 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 tires are sized specifically for each end of the car, with the front wheels receiving 255/40ZR-19 tires while the rear stays planted thanks to 285/35ZR-19 rubber.

    Boss braking is also up to the challenge, again using 2012 GT500 type Brembo four-piston calipers 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.

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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    Nice thread George.

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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    In one of the pics, It looks like rear seat has been deleted, am I correct?
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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlbylvr View Post
    In one of the pics, It looks like rear seat has been deleted, am I correct?
    yea, in the last interior shot, it appears that way..."cross bracing" is noticed along with mustang badging there...hmmm
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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    I bet that's the Laguna Seca version - same as the current LS version.
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    i think so, hence the butt shot G put up...has the design in the center cap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe G View Post
    I bet that's the Laguna Seca version - same as the current LS version.
    Correct Joegy...That is the Laguna Seca model. They toned down the Red cross bracing and opted for a nice silver instead. Same with the wheel color it is now an "argent/silver" combo iinstead of the "day-glow" red......good thing too IMO.

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    The look is AWESOME! The only thing I'm not sure about is the red rings around the tail lamps, but otherwise I think that's the nicest looking Mustang yet. How easy would it be to mod that thing to 600 RWHP? Procharger? I imagine it's a couple hundred pounds lighter than GT500?
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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    FRP sells the small Whipple kits for the 5.0 GT delivering a conservstive 525 to 624crankHP (depending on the individual FRP kit/tune).

    I believe there was a well-prepped SC'd built 5.0 GT in one of the mags (MM&FF or 5.0M&SF) recently making roughly 830 rwHP on E85 (110 octane?) ...don't recall all the mods.

    Curb weight on the stock 2012 Boss 302 is 3632# so 2013 should be roughly similar. Stock (NA) BOSS is nominally 444 crank -- redkey tune likely about 485crank.
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    Re: A Birdseye View of the 2013 Boss 302 Mustang

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    Correct Joegy...That is the Laguna Seca model. They toned down the Red cross bracing and opted for a nice silver instead. Same with the wheel color it is now an "argent/silver" combo iinstead of the "day-glow" red......good thing too IMO.
    George, great job on this thread!
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