Like A Boss

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
like a boss

More news this morning about the best Mustang yet: Ford’s going to give owners a chance to “computer tune” their own cars, and some training to try to keep them out of the local Armco.

The horsepower rating for the 2012 BOSS Mustang is now officially 444, making this the most powerful normally-aspirated Mustang ever produced. Forget the old big-blocks; in factory tune, they didn’t come close to this mill. Owners who aren’t satisfied with this can purchase a “Track Key” from their local Ford dealer. The Track Key will enable a “race tune” with…

200 engine mapping functions as well as increased low end torque, dual stage launch control, and a lumpy idle!

Best of all, use of the Track Key won’t void your warranty. Are you listening, Nissan and Porsche? Probably not.

In tacit recognition of this hopped-up Mustang’s ability to kill its drivers in no time flat, Ford is working with Miller Motorsports Park to offer a “Track Attack” day to all purchasers. Fly in, drive one of Ford’s cars, learn to stay out of trouble. You’d be stupid not to take advantage of it, but if past factory programs of this nature are any guide, most owners won’t bother.

My love for the current Mustang is well-known, but I’ll go a step further and say that everybody who is in the market for a $40K+ performance car should consider waiting to see what the BOSS can do. You’d hate to buy an M3 or an S5 only to find the cart-axled hillbilly special walking away from you in Mid-Ohio’s Turn One…

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  • NewEdgePerformance NewEdgePerformance on Nov 11, 2010

    Is using the "red key" similar to taking the "red pill" like in Alice in Wonderland?

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Nov 12, 2010

    I'd be pretty pi$$ed if I paid 60 to $70,000 for The Ultimate Driving Machine and got my a$$ handed to me... by a Mustang?

  • William442 William442 on Nov 12, 2010

    Juniper and Others: My point was supposed to be, it is not that great of an improvement for 40 plus years. Sure the Corvette wouldn't start on cloudy days, ate ate u-joints, but it sure was fun. By the way ,I walk most places.

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    • Power6 Power6 on Nov 12, 2010

      The market has changed. Customers were willing to accept weak brakes and suspension on their muscle cars, whereas those Astons and Ferraris and all the good handling cars were way beyond the pedestrian hardware in the 60s. The Mustang may still be a muscle car (well to a pursit a pony car never was) but the handling and braking improvements are phenomenal compared to 60's street machines, and comparatively to the much more expensive sports cars. 0-60 Acceleration is limited by tires, less a function of HP. many 60's muscle cars struggled to get below 7 seconds to 60 on tires of the day, while running way over 100 in the 1/4.

  • Power6 Power6 on Nov 12, 2010

    The EVO/STI revolution is over, Mustang is the new black.