As the Ford Mustang turns 50, we look back at pony automobile historical past
The 1983 Ford Mustang GT wasn’;t an official adhere to-up to the Boss 302, but that didn’;t quit us from drawing the comparison in the Feb. 28, 1983 problem of Autoweek. Or placing the then-brand-new scorching pony vehicle to the check against its hallowed functionality predecessor.
The result: “No suspense no bull,” we advised readers. Can it hold its personal? “The reply is certainly in the affirmative. ‘Yes,’; in layman’;s terms.”
We get a brief rundown of the background of the name Boss 302, from its Camaro Z/28-fighting roots to its brash, street-devouring performance ahead of the write-up turns to the then-new Mustang GT. Though it was not a Boss 302, exactly, the vehicle was powered by a 5.-liter V8 — which is, of course, approximately 302 cubic inches. And although it only created 175 horses to the original’;s state 290 hp output, we note that differences in horsepower-measuring requirements and a target on the elimination of parasitic drivetrain losses created each and every and each and every horsepower go additional.
The consequence? A automobile that could do to 60 in “just below” 7 seconds, a respectable figure for the time and one particular that just about matched the unique Boss 302. “For generating a clean-residing EPA V8 pull in the same league with a ’;70 reworked race motor,” we said, “the Ford engineering crew deserves a pay hike.” Very same to these responsible for the more current Boss 302, which managed to place 444 hp to the pavement while meeting today’;s stringent emissions specifications.
It really is now 2014, there’;s a new, meaner-than-ever Camaro Z/28 on the streets (and tracks), and though we have a new Mustang on our hands, the Boss 302 title has as soon as yet again gone dormant after a short-but-notable re-emergence. That could all modify, of course. Until finally then, take pleasure in searching back at a time when Ford introduced a vehicle that could stand up, at least in spirit, as a successor to the legendary Boss 302.
Autoweek drive evaluation of the 1983 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The Ford Mustang turns 50 many years previous during 2014 to celebrate the several lives of America’;s preferred pony automobile, we’;ll be posting selections from our archives. Check out out our Mustang mini-web site in which you may uncover information, road exams, sneak peeks and even traditional Mustang advertisements from the pages of Autoweek. We’;ll also have all the latest information and photographs surrounding the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang as it rolls out, so stay tuned.
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