2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Cars.com has a different take on its annual awards, placing vehicles in categories for work, play, family, and eco-friendly. It’s no surprise to us, though, that the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 took top honors for the “Best Car for Driving Fun” and won the overall category for “Play Car of the Year.” The web site praised nearly every aspect of the Boss 302, from the 5.0-liter V8 to the adjustable suspension and steering to the retro styling. The 2012 Mustang Convertible also won a category, the “Best Car for Sun Lovers.”

Here’s what Cars.com had to say about the 2012 Mustang Boss 302:

The Ford Mustang is already one of our favorite sports cars, but the new Boss 302 knocked us out. Everything you like about the Mustang GT — the power, the sound and the attitude — has been enhanced in the Boss 302. With a 444-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, a limited-slip differential, a quad-exhaust system, an adjustable suspension system and adjustable steering, the Boss 302 is equally at home on the street or the track. Complementing the performance changes are retro styling cues that pay tribute to the original Boss Mustang of the late ’60s. For the performance enthusiast, the Mustang Boss 302 is the complete package.

Whether you’re on the street or at the track, the Boss 302 is a blast. The 444-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 delivers authoritative power and sounds like there’s an angry bear trying to get out of the trunk. All that power is routed to the rear wheels through a short-throw six-speed manual transmission that’s an instrument of precision. In addition to a firmer suspension, the Boss 302 comes with adjustable shocks and struts and an adjustable steering system — right from the factory. Despite the emphasis on performance, the Boss 302 doesn’t make you pay a big price when it comes to everyday comfort. The available Recaro-brand front bucket seats are supportive enough for track work yet comfortable enough for commuting. Plus, you still get all of the cabin refinement of the regular Mustang. We’ve liked the Mustang’s blend of raw power and handling prowess. Those qualities have been relentlessly honed in the Boss 302, and we’re suitably impressed.

[Source: Cars.com]

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