While we've spent a lot of time talking about the 2013 Mustang, we can't forget that the 2012 version is still on sale and winning awards. Today, the 2012 Mustang GT/Boss 302 was named one of the 2012 10Best by Car and Driver in their annual competition to identify the best cars on the market. To get nominated for this award, a car must cost less than $80,000 and be either all-new or significantly updated since the 2011 competition. Out of 57 entries, a prestigious list of 10 was chosen as this year's winners.
The 2012 Mustang was one of three American cars on the list, with the other two being the Ford Focus and Cadillac CTS-V, while it was also the only muscle/pony car to be selected. Other vehicles on the list include the Audi A6/A7, Honda Accord, Honda Fit, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Porsche Boxster, Volkswagen Golf/GTI and BMW 3-Series.
Under the headline, "Sounds pretty incredible and it is," here's what Car and Driver had to say about the current Mustang GT/Boss 302:
What the Boss 302 did for the Mustang GT is not too dissimilar from what the Stradivari family did for the violin. The basic instrument (the violin, the Mustang GT) was already pretty great. Near perfection. Then someone (a Stradivari, Ford Mustang engineers) managed to create a new standard for all other luthiers and/or muscle-car makers. Which are kind of the same people. Okay, they’re not, but the point is that nothing can touch the Boss at $41,105. With its screaming 7500-rpm, 444-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, it’ll rip off 60 mph in four seconds flat, break the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 117 mph, stop from 70 in 155 feet, and hold the road at 0.95 g. If you are wondering, those numbers are on par with the $20,970-pricier BMW M3 coupe. And don’t forget the Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition, good for one second around its namesake track. Our biggest complaints are that the steering wheel lacks a telescoping feature and that steering feedback is, at best, vague. We got over it, and so can you. Also, as one of us found out, your significant other may have a problem riding around in a car that has “Boss” emblazoned on its side. Then again, if 40 large is too rich, the Stang GT doesn’t disappoint. It’s short 32 horses and lacks the track-ready suspension of the Boss, but it’s an astounding instrument in its own right.
You can read more about the 2012 Mustang's award on the Car and Driver website. Meanwhile, Mustang owners, what do you think? Is the 2012 version deserving? Do you think the new 2013 Mustangs will win next year?