2013 Boss 302 Mustang

Ford Could be Hinting to a New Mustang in Mach 1 or Boss 302 Trim

Ford Motor Company has included an S197 Boss 302 in new Mustang marketing materials along with showing off a 1971 Mach 1 at the Chicago Auto Show, leading many vocal social media participants to insist that these are hints to future models – so today we look at the likelihood of a new Mach 1 or Boss 302 Mustang.

The last time that Ford offered a Mach 1 Mustang was back in 2004 and the last Boss 302 Mustang was offered was in 2013 (shown above in Gotta Have It Green). However, there have been persistent rumors that Ford is working on one (or both) of these cars over the past few years, bolstered by things like unsubstantiated inside information, trademark filings and spy shot stories ripe with speculation. There has been no concrete proof of a new Mach 1 coming to the Mustang lineup since 2005, nor has there been any proof that there is a new Boss 302 on the way, but the rumors continue to pop up every time something new pops up on Facebook.

Boss 302, Mach 1 Featured by Ford
The newest bits of information which have once again rekindled the Boss 302 and Mach 1 rumors stem from the marketing information for the new 2018 Mustang and the Ford Motor Company display at the ongoing 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

In the marketing materials for the 2018 Mustang, there is a picture of the dashboard and we can see through the windshield that there is a 2013 Boss 302 parked in front of the new Mustang. That could mean nothing, but some people seem to think that it is a serious hint that there is another Boss Mustang on the way.

Next, there is a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 on display at the Chicago Auto Show, but Ford has pointed out that the classic Mustang is part of a giveaway for charity. Even with that in mind, some people insist that this is a hint of a new Mach 1 coming in the next few years.

Could either of these rumors be true? Maybe.

A New Boss 302?
The Boss 302 Mustang offered back in 2012 and 2013 was a road handling model, designed to serve as a track friendly muscle car that you could drive every day. Those Boss 302 fans who wanted an even more extreme track machine could opt for the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, which had some unique features and offered improved performance when compared to the other Boss 302.

Ford did a similar thing with the new Shelby GT350, offering the lower cost GT350 for those who wanted more of a mix of performance and daily drivability, while the GT350R is more track-focused. The GT350 and GT350R are essentially a modern take on the 2013 Boss 302 and Laguna Seca, making it unlikely that Ford would offered up a new Boss 302.

Then again, consider the fact that the new Shelby GT350 is powered by the 5.2L flat plane V8, which drives up the cost of this car. Ford could (in theory) use the body, chassis, interior, suspension and braking bits from the GT350 coupled with the 5.0L V8 from the current Ford Mustang GT to create a new Boss 302. This would offer similar handling capabilities to the GT350, but less power and a lower price.

Would Ford really undercut the new Shelby GT350? I don’t think so.


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