The original Boss 302 gets its name from the 4.9-liter (302 cubic inch) V-8 that breathed beneath its hood. The 2012 Boss is packing a modified version of the automaker's 5.0-liter engine, so Ford's marketing department is taking some liberties with the "302" designation.
You'll only see two exhaust tips here exiting at the rear bumper, but the Boss 302 actually has four. A second set of smaller exhausts are hidden just in front of the rear wheels, which help generate the 302's signature exhaust note.
Toss the Boss around a corner and you'll understand why we like to think of this as a sports car for the muscle car set. Handling is extremely neutral with plentiful grip. Few 400-plus-horsepower cars feel this planted at speed.
The sole option available to our Boss 302 is a sport seat package that adds deeply bucketed Recaro seats. Despite offering a good deal of lateral bolstering, the Recaros were wide enough to be relatively comfortable for extended drives.
Were it not for the standard CD player, the 2012 Boss 302's audio system would be right at home in a 1969 Boss' dashboard. AM/FM radio, the aforementioned CD player, and an auxiliary input are your only audio sources. There are no standard Bluetooth or USB connections. There aren't even options for those features.
But with its engine singing in the key of V-8 through the quad-exhaust system, I was able to forgive the Boss 302's tech omissions. She's no tech car, but that doesn't mean the Boss 302 isn't a seriously fun car.