2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: A Case for Side Exhaust

November 28, 2011


The last time I posted on our long-term Mustang, I was contemplating what sorts of upgrades I'd give it if we held onto it after its year is up. I'd like to take this opportunity to rescind that last post after spending four-and-a-half days with the Boss 302.

Let's ignore the suspension upgrades the Boss has over our long-termer, along with the brakes, trim and alcantara steering wheel. I'm sold on the side exhaust alone. As much as I love the "regular"5.0's roar, there's no contest. Here's an audio clip that I recorded this morning:

The audio recording abilities of my iPhone simply don't do it justice. It's a thundering snarling beast that had me driving with the windows down, regardless of the outside temperature. Our Mustang GT rang in just under $39,000, but the Boss 302 starts at just over $40,000. To me, that's a no-brainer. If I were in the market for a new Mustang, and the nutty new Shelby GT500 is out of reach, the Boss is my pick.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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