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​Who said rich guys have all the fun? From the moment the Mustang Boss 302 debuted four years ago, the reviewers sang the praises, the dealers added a huge markup and the resale values stayed steady in a manner more commonly associated with cars that bear the prancing horse instead of a galloping pony. Even today, prices for a mint-condition Boss 302 often look suspiciously like the original window sticker.

In the near future, however, quite a few of those 444-horsepower ponycars are going to be appearing on your local Craiglist. The reason: there's a new Boss in town. Only this time, it's called the Shelby GT350. Given the strong performance of the standard five-liter Mustang GT in last year's PCOTY, we expected great things from our Race Yellow GT350R tester this year. At the same time, we knew that for many Shelby intenders, the only comparison that really matters is with the Boss 302 they already have in their garages.

Enter R&T's occasional contributor, Bark M., and his School Bus Yellow 2013 Boss 302. Bark's Boss has a lot of "patina," which is another way of saying that he's driven it around the country and used it for everything from trackdays to dropping his kids off at school. It doesn't get washed very often and it still had the remnants of the original brake pads when it arrived at NCM Motorsports Park. After a quick flush and pad swap, we took it and the new GT350R out for some back-to-back driving.

First impressions: these are both Mustangs, and they both have bespoke high-performance overhead-cam V8s, but they have very different hearts. The "Roadrunner" in the Boss growls like a classic muscle car, all syncopated beat and deep-chested malice. It's the soundtrack you remember from a thousand drive-ins and Sixties movies. On track, it's strong from idle all the way to the 7500-rpm redline, breathing free but clearly spinning a heavy flywheel. From experience, I know that the Boss often performs best on track when you short-shift it a bit.

Read the rest here: How Does the Shelby Mustang GT350R Compare to the Boss 302?
 

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From what I've been reading on the web, the annual production run for the 302 in years 2012 and 2013 was about 4,000 cars per year. That's very similar to what the projected annual sales figures are for the new 350 GT.
 
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