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Build Your Own Boss? Ford Now Selling 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Crate Engine

As we understood it, Ford had no intention of selling the hopped-up 5.0-liter V-8 found in the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 outside of a completed vehicle. Since then, the folks in Dearborn must have had a change of heart, seeing as the Boss-spec 5.0-liter now appears in the company's performance parts catalog as a standalone crate motor.

Inspired by the 1969 Boss 302, the modern interpretation abides by the same idea behind the original -- a track-ready terror that's street legal. Like that car, the magic lies with the engine itself. In this iteration, the Boss uses a 5.0-liter V-8 that's tuned to throw down a whopping 444 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, and redline at a screaming 7500 rpm -- 500 revs higher than a Mustang GT's stock 5.0-liter V-8. Improvements made to Boss 302 engines include a new intake manifold and ported heads for improved respiration, along with forged pistons and connecting rods for a little extra strength. Baffles in the oil pan help keep lubrication in check during hard corners. Completed cars also come with an oil cooler and an improved radiator, but understandably, neither are bundled with the crate engine.

So why the reversal on the "no crate motor" stance? A Ford spokesman tells us the company has had good success with offering the current 5.0-liter V-8s as crate engines, "but it's time to offer a new option." It also makes sense, considering the company has allegedly received considerable demand in buying the Boss 302 powerplant on its own. That said, it will be offered in limited quantities.

Presently, the engine -- which is known as part # M-6007-M50B in the Ford Racing catalog -- carries a price of $11,999. That's nearly twice the price of a standard 5.0-liter crate engine, and perhaps a little outside the budget of most weekend hobbyists. Still, for those who want to build their own Boss, the secret ingredient is now available for purchase.

Source: Ford Racing