The 2013 Boss 302 Mustang is the same but different

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We were so impressed by the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 we called it the best Mustang ever. And we're standing by that assertion. What differences do a model-year make? Let's break it down.


Ok, so the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 hasn't gotten much new content at all. In fact, if it weren't for new, reflective "hockey stick" graphics (like the original 1970 Boss), 1970 Parnelli Jones-style "School Bus Yellow" paint, Sterling Gray accents on the track-focused Boss Laguna Seca, and the addition of Ford Sync as standard equipment, there'd be no new stuff at all. Oh, except for standard HID headlamps and LED-surround taillamps.


And that's fine with us. Some had expressed displeasure with the roof accent color on the 2012 Laguna Seca model, but Ford 86'd that for 2013, so no more such complaints will be forthcoming.

The Boss also gets the same tweaks as the base 2013 Mustang — revealed today ahead of its Los Angeles auto show debut — including changes to the grille and splitter, and the addition of functional hood extractors.

What's stayed the same? Indeed, the 444 horsepower, 380 lb.-ft. V8, 3.73-ratio rear, optional Torsen diff, higher-rate coil springs at all corners, stiffer suspension bushings and larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar and decent four-piston Brembos up front (though we'd suggest a bit moar breaks!). No need to mess with any of that.

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I never liked the grouper mouth on the Shelbys and it's unfortunate that Ford has seen fit to put it on all Mustangs for 2013. I do like the new taillights, though - the 2010-2012 lights always looked a bit off.