Thursday, July 14, 2011
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 test drive review
Take this week, for example. Some of the nice folks from Ford invited one of my co-workers and me to spend some quality time behind the wheel of the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang in the Detroit, Mich., area.
We were lucky enough to have dinner with some of the engineers and marketing people behind the Boss 302, along with some of my colleagues from other guidebooks and publications. These latter folks are actually pretty influential, as they publish automotive reviews that are seen by huge numbers of people, and they play a key part in setting used and residual values on virtually every vehicle sold. I'm not going to get into specifics, but you've heard of the publications they work for.
As opposed to a regular Mustang GT, the Boss 302 is intended to handle better on a road course, with stiffer springs and suspension bushings, fatter stabilizer bars, and adjustable shocks and struts. And we’re not talking about adjustable with a handy knob on the dashboard, either. If you want to dial this baby into race mode, you need to get out and crank on the shocks with a screwdriver. If you really want to get into the spirit, you can wear a T-shirt that says “Pit Crew” on the back while you’re doing that, just like a real racing crew member.
If you really want to go all out, you can order a Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition, which deletes the back seat and gives you a few more aerodynamic tweaks.
I had the opportunity to drive a Competition Orange Boss 302 about 45-miles, from Brooklyn, near the Michigan International Raceway, back to our hotel in Ypsilanti.
The car pulls hard, too. And it does it in almost any gear you want. I believe it is possible to casually eclipse 100-mph in fifth gear and not even realize it. Not that I would know anything about that. That would be wrong.
No, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 will never appeal to a guy who pines for a turbo-diesel Volkswagen Golf four-door hatchback. It's a car designed for carnivores. It's designed for Neanderthals. It's designed for guys who are old enough to know what's good. It's designed for guys like me.