An awesome car gets awesomer
I love me some Mustang, so this is really cool news from Ford. Ford has been talking up the coming 2012 Boss 302 Mustang for a few months now. The car is an homage to the old boss 302 cars that were sold back in the 60's and still make collectors and fans swoon to this day.
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The 2012 Boss 302 will be offered in a version specifically for the track and will be offered in a version for the street as well and they will be limited production. Word is that the cars will sell for around $40,000. Before you get all excited, be warned though that you will not find one of these cars at sticker price. Some rumors circulating about the new Boss Mustang have dealers, who will only get limited numbers of the cars, adding as much as $40,000 on top of the asking price.
Realistically we can probably expect "market adjustment" add ons of $5000 to $10000 for each car. I hate that. I have complained about the same practice on the Shelby GT500 before, but that is what happens with limited edition cars that have a massive and loyal fan base.
One of the things you can count on with any Mustang fan is that the mods will typically start just as soon as the car is parked in the garage. One of the most common things that an enthusiast will do is have a custom tune or a mail-order tune put on the car with a handheld tuner. The catch is that if you get busted by a dealer adding a different tune to the car and have a problem that they can link to your more aggressive tune; your warranty could be in trouble.
Ford has announced that it will be offering a special TracKey package on the 2012 Boss 302 through Ford dealers for enthusiasts that want to take advantage of a more aggressive race tune. The dealer will be able to add a tune to the car that shuts off all the nannies that monitor things like tire spend and lateral acceleration. A Mustang can active traction and stability control in the blink of an eye, killing all your sideways fun at the track.
The special TracKey package will include two keys with one having a black Boss logo and the other having a red Boss logo. The black key will start the car with the stock tune, whereas the red key will start the car with the track tune. The black key gets you 444hp and Ford is mum on exactly how much power the red key unlocks. It's common and very easy to add as much as 30 more horsepower to the wheels with some custom tuning on the Mustang.
The different tunes are selected when the ignition system of the car detects the PATS chip inside the key. Ford is also giving drivers a two-stage launch control system with the TracKey option. Launch control is common on some high-end sports cars from various makers, but isn’t something that had been offered on a Mustang from the factory other than the Ford pure race car known as the Cobra Jet.
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The launch control system will let the driver put the gas pedal to the floor without revving the engine all the way to redline. The idea is that when the foot comes off the brake or the clutch comes up the launch control send the power to the wheels and rather than wheel spin the car launches at the perfect RPM and can make it down the track faster and more consistently than launching with driver skill alone. I want one of the 2012 Boss 302 Mustangs so bad I can taste it.