Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 15, 2010
Photos By: Courtesy Ford Media
The Boss tachometer reflects the engine's higher revving capability by reading to 9,000 rpm, as opposed to 8,000 for the GT tach.
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission Six-speed manual with race-inspired clutch and short-throw shifter with black shifter ball
Final drive ratio 3.73:1
SUSPENSION
Front Independent MacPherson strut with reverse L lower control arm, 34.6mm stabilizer bar, strut tower brace, adjustable strut damping
Rear Three-link solid axle with limited-slip differential, coil springs, Panhard bar, 25mm stabilizer bar, adjustable shock damping
BRAKES
Type Four-wheel power discs with four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), low expansion brake hoses
Front 355mm (14-inch) vented discs, four-piston Brembo 43mm floating aluminum calipers
Rear 300mm vented discs, single-piston 43mm floating iron calipers
Tires and Wheels
Tires Pirelli PZero, 255/40ZRx19 front, 285/35ZRx19 rear
Wheels 19 x 9-inch front, 19.5 x 9-inch rear, wide-spoke painted aluminum
The Boss-only short-throw shifter for the six-speed transmission is fitted with a vintage-style black shift knob.
EXTERIOR
Aerodynamics Front splitter and rear spoiler, unique fascia and grille
Graphics Black or white C-stripes, hood, roof panel, rear panel, and lower rear fascia
Available colors Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic, Race Red
INTERIOR
Steering wheel Boss unique with Alcantara suede
Seats Cloth trim with suede-like center insert; optional Recaro
Instrument panel Dark metallic; tach reflects 7,500 rpm redline
Trim "Powered by Ford" door sill plates, "Boss 302" identification
WEIGHT
Curb weight 3,631 lbs. (est.)
Weight distribution 55/45 (est.)

The Original Boss 302
On April 17, 1969, Ford introduced the '69 Boss 302 Mustang as a mid-year model. It served two purposes. First, it homologated the engine and other components for SCCA Trans-Am competition. Perhaps more importantly, it also fulfilled Ford's desire to add more "image" models for appeal to the youth market. The fact that it competed with Chevy's popular Camaro Z/28 didn't hurt either.