First Look: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca

The power flows aft through a racing-style clutch with upgraded friction materials to a close-ratio six-speed manual, topped by a short-throw shifter, and on back to your choice of limited-slip differentials spinning 3.73:1 gearing. There's a traditional multi-plate locker with carbon-fiber plates, or a Torsen torque-sensing unit. Expect 0 to 60 times in the very low fours.

To set the Boss apart visually, chief designer Darrell Behmer took inspiration from Shinoda's '69 production car as well as the Bud Moore/Parnelli Jones race cars. The front fascia and grille include blocked-off fog lamp openings and a splitter, which is credited with trimming front lift considerably, cribbed from the Boss 302R racecar. A spoiler in the rear complements the look and aero effect of the front spoiler. Finally, the C-stripe and roof panel are painted white or black to coordinate with the chosen paint color (Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Metallic or Race Red). Inside, there's a unique steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, cloth seats with suede-like inserts for lateral grip, and optional Recaro buckets designed by the Mustang team for the GT500 that come bundled with the Torsen diff.

There will be two models, the totally streetable Boss 302, and the track-optimized Boss 302 Laguna Seca, of which a small run has been planned. When the Boss 302 hits the streets, the gauntlet will be considered thrown down once again, but this time, it's likely not just the Camaro that'll have to step up its game.

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Nice car, great engine, bothersome noise.I wish, that instead of constantly looking back and mining the tradition and previous achievements and old successes, new designs, new milestones should be made today for the future. Where are the inventors, developers and the creative minds?
And the Mustang is cheap!
Wow, I'd love one of those, make mine Orange but add the rear window louvres and a functional shaker hood scoop.
The current GT race car is already giving Porsche & BMW fits. This is bound to be better. Just love to see Ford upping the ante against the big dogs! Competition improves everyone!

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