NYIAS 2011: Ford Mustang Boss 302 [Live Photos]
The mean 'Stang is powered by a 5.0l liter engine, which is based on the one used by the Mustang GT. The unit has been tweaked to develop 440 hp and a maximum torque of 380 lb-ft, but Ford promises that it still offers “a smooth idle and low-end torque for comfortable around-town driving”.
The Boss 302 is already is a highly agile animal. A path of this is owed to the fact that the vehicle is fitted with manually adjustable shock absorbers, which allow the driver to choose between five settings. Thus the vehicle can be turned in to a road or a track animal.
"We've given drivers five settings for their shocks," says Brent Clark, supervisor of the Mustang vehicle dynamics team. "One is the softest, two is the factory setting and five is the firmest, and we've provided a wide range of adjustment. A customer can drive to the track on setting two, crank it up to five for improved response on the track, then dial down to one for a more relaxed ride home. What's unique is that drivers will find - thanks to the way the suspension works as a complete system - the softest setting isn't too loose and the firmest setting isn't too controlled; each step just provides additional levels of control."
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