25 Greatest Mustangs: 2012 Boss 302

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Ford brought back the Boss 302 with a wide range of performance goodies to make sure it lived up to its legendary name.

The 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 (which the development team nicknamed “Road ­Runner”) received CNC-ported alloy heads and more aggressive cams with variable timing. A short-runner intake enabled 7500 rpm while providing more torque at low revs. Horsepower increased from 412 to 444.

Higher-rate coil springs, stiffer bushings, a larger rear antiroll bar, adjustable shocks and struts, and bigger tires combined to make the Boss 302 the first non-SVT Mustang to achieve a top speed of 155 mph and more than 1.0 g of lateral acceleration.

[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]

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