It’s been ages since anyone could walk into their local dealership to drive home a Ford Mustang Boss 302. Originally offered in 1969 and 1970, the storied Boss 302 name returned for an equally brief time between 2012 and 2013. For those two model years, over 8,000 copies rolled out onto the highway, making them a rare sight for sore eyes. Despite their rarity, though, Kelly Blue Book has named the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 one of their 10 best used sports cars available for under $30,000 today.
KBB says that while they appreciate the more powerful Mustang Shelby GT500 from the same model year for being a beast, they declare the Mustang Boss 302 more fun to drive. The biggest selling point for them is, of course, its pumped-up Ford 5.0L Coyote V8, linked to a six-speed manual. Though no slouch already with 420 horses in the 2013 Ford Mustang GT, the 2013 Boss 302 – a near-direct, street-legal copy of the Boss 302R – delivers 444 of them and 380 lb-ft of torque to the road. This is thanks to an upgraded intake system with high-flow runners, forged rotating assembly, CNC ported heads, and revised cams, all of which give this special pony tons of get-up-and-go.
As if that somehow wasn’t still enough, the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition bridges the performance gap between the standard Boss 302 and the track-day dominator that is the Boss 302R. Standard features include a pair of Recaros and a Torsen limited-slip diff, while dispensing with the rear bench seat for a cross-bar X-brace to give 10 percent more structural rigidity. Improved suspension components, lightweight alloys mounted within R-compound tires, track-focused aero, and Ford Racing brake ducts complete this monster package.
No matter which version of the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 is chosen, KBB says it’ll be a better-balanced experience over the one-punch Mustang Shelby GT500. Zero to 60 arrives in 4.3 seconds, the quarter-mile disappears in 12.8 seconds, and the whole thing tops out at 155 mph. All in all, the Mustang Boss 302 is a highly desirable machine that could one day be a valued horse in anyone’s stable, especially if its given proper exercise on the road and track.
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you may want to change the picture … that is a 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, not a 2013.