I've done my review early, mainly because on Saturday I won't be able to host the lobby or race, because I have my school ball this weekend. So here we go! The Ford Mustang Boss 302! The big boss You ever have one of those weeks where you can just tell the car's gonna be amazing? Well, that was me this week. I've never owned a Mustang in GT6 or GT5, (except the Shelby GT500 15th anniv. that I never use and can't get rid of) but when this bad boy was announced, I had that oddly upbeat feeling that we were in for a treat. Boy, was I right... Horse racing at Midfield, place your bets! I gave the Mustang a bit of a nudge around Tsukuba before the lobby, and I took a liking to it. So come the online racing, I was confident enough to roll my sleeves up and get right into the thick of the action. And frankly, the more I raced that 'Stang, the more I fell in love with it. It's got excellent up'n'go, and a near perfect standard setup, meaning that every race was fast, relatively clean and exciting. The Boss actually looks great in a variety of colours! The final corner of Trial Mountain Reverse, all four wheels firmly stuck to the road. Never before have I gone into a race knowing I could actually battle the upper-skill drivers. Usually when the likes of Vic, Lewis, or anyone else displaying blistering pace are behind me, I'll try block them a little on the straights, but when the corners approach, they have the upper hand in technique. Here, be it because I've learnt more or because this is just an awesome car, I could actually engage them and fend them off for most of the race! This resulted in an adrenalin rush like no other, and I must have looked pretty weird focussing on the TV so hard, cos after the race, I realised my family was sitting on the couch, watching me stare at the screen while I battled you lot. Yeah, that's right Vic!!! You stay back there! Ultimately though, Vic got me on a few occasions by effectively intimidating me. Being aggressive without being dirty, putting pressure on me, staying right on my bumper all the way down, and ultimately forcing a mistake out of me (In that race's case, I overshot the corner and smashed into the wall). Guess that's something I'll have to learn next... This is kinda like a COTW Family photo! The 5.0L V8 contains a great combo of both power and torque, resulting in a very responsive power package that's great on a wide variety of surfaces. The suspension that delivers that power to the road is also very good, with a good stable feel, providing the driver with the confidence to throw it into a corner, the way you'd do so to an MX-5. In fact, the Boss' agility and handling meant I didn't realise it tips the scales at 1600kgs... On particularly high speed circuits, the Boss performs just as confidently as on slower tracks! It's stable when you need to make quick moves at over 250km/h, responds well to braking while cornering, and while it's certainly great fun, it will remind you who's boss if you try to ask too much of it, as proven when I tried to take the final corner of High Speed Ring a little faster than usual in a attempt to get away from... who again? Ohhhh yeah, Vic! I was really expecting someone to come round the corner and smash into me. Thankfully, this didn't happen. The transmission, as I found out, is amazing! It's got a good, all rounder gear ratio, and even 6th gear, though it's noticeably taller than all the other gears, isn't so hopelessly tall it's rendered useless. It will still propel you along, even more so if you're lucky enough to inherit a slipstream... It has a beautiful sound to it as well, I almost had an eargasm while wringing it's neck around Deep Forest, in one of my pre-lobby practises. It sounds crisp, clean and gutsy, and my gaming headset only enhances the noise. Beautiful! A Corvette shows the Muzzies who's really boss at LeMans... Overall, I was very impressed with the Boss' performance. As mentioned before, a Mustang is a car I'd never have thought to own, and though sometimes I had looked in the Ford dealer and thought "I reckon that'd go alright!", I'd never actually bought one. It's an excellent overall racer, for under $50k without modifications, and has provided me with some of the most enjoyable COTW racing to date. I just wish I could join you guys on Saturday, but as I said, I'll either be still at the ball or hopelessly tired. Verdict: Definately a sleeper! Now that that's done, how about giving the Muzzie a proper welcome to my garage by gifting it some racing equipment... Oh, and the nickname given to it by my 12 year old cousin? Monster Mustang! Bonus pics..