‘Boss’ is really the only suitable name for this particular Mustang.
True there’s been a pretty sizeable gap between the first generation model – which enjoyed a limited two-year production run from 1969 – and the second, but Ford certainly didn’t scrimp on performance when the Boss 302 Mustang name was revived earlier this year.
Let’s start with the fact that at the Boss’s core is the same 5.0l V8 that powers the Mustang GT, offering 412hp before the coupe even hits the dyno. A tweak here and a new intake there take the 302 up to 444hp.
And for that’s where Texas-based tuning company Hennessey Performance have stepped in with this, the Hennessey HPE700 Boss 302. Taking the Boss 302 Laguna Seca model, which already includes the front splitter, Recaro sports seats and a rear wing, Hennessey have bolted down a new supercharger under the bonnet to take the Laguna Seca’s existing power output up to, as the name suggests, 700hp.
As you can probably imagine then, piloting this particular brute is not exactly driving Miss Daisy. Interestingly though, back in the 1960s the Boss 302 was originally designed to represent Ford in America’s Trans-Am racing series against arch-rivals Chevrolet.
Consequently, as well as making your hair stand on end, the Hennessey HPE700 Boss 302 Mustang is more likely to hit an apex rather than plow straight through it.
Need confirmation of that? Check out this clip with ‘The Smoking Tire’ and Matt Farah.