Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by August Burns, Nov 7, 2007.
Four decades after hitting the big screen and redefining the on-screen car chase, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns to the streets in 2008, blending the best Mustang ever with the latest Ford Racing technology.
This modern classic delivers a balance of power and performance, thanks to special chassis and suspension tweaks as well as the 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque that Bullitt delivers through its 4.6-liter V-8 engine.
“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt embodies the true spirit of the 1968 movie car,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Like the original Bullitt, this car dials the driving dynamics up a notch for Mustang enthusiasts who love the performance, handling and the sweet sound of Ford power that only Mustang can deliver.”
The 2008 Bullitt arrives in dealers early next year, with a starting MSRP of $31,075 (including destination and delivery) and limited production of 7,700 units for the U.S. and Canada.
The launch of the limited edition 2008 Mustang Bullitt coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of the Warner Bros. Pictures film that gave the original car its name. In the movie, legendary actor Steve McQueen drove a Dark Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT that gained cult status among Mustang enthusiasts, thanks to a seven-minute scene that film and car buffs believe defined the modern movie car chase.
Bullitt Chassis Delivers a Balance of Performance and Comfort
Ford engineers modified the 2008 Mustang Bullitt’s chassis and suspension to fine-tune handling and ensure the extra horsepower and torque from the 4.6-liter V-8 is put to good use. The live rear axle uses a unique 3.73:1 gear that helps launch the Bullitt with vigor.
Stock Mustang GT shocks and struts were swapped out for new units that allowed engineers to dial in a more aggressive driving dynamic while still maintaining the outstanding ride and balance of the base Mustang GT. A tower-to-tower brace designed specifically for the Bullitt lends additional torsional and lateral stiffness to the chassis for improved cornering and holds a unique serial number for each Bullitt.
“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt delivers balanced performance,” said Paul Randle, chief engineer. “Comfort is not compromised for performance. Performance is on demand. You can easily take Bullitt from the track to the street and back onto the track with confidence.”
The brakes also have been improved versus the base Mustang GT’s. More aggressive front pads were developed specifically for Bullitt and improve fade resistance and pedal feel.
The 2008 Mustang Bullitt wears unique cast-aluminum Euroflange wheels, offering a modern twist on the original movie car. The Dark Argent Gray spokes feature a satin finish, while a bright-machined lip completes the look. Calipers are colored to match the wheel. The wheels are wrapped in the same P235/50ZR 18 BF Goodrich g-Force T/A KDWS tires used on Mustangs at the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
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Bullitt packs firepower under the hood. The 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 delivers 315 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.
Engine calibration is designed to increase throttle response for a snappier acceleration feel. The redline has been boosted by 250 rpm to 6,500, with top-end speed bumped to 151 miles-per-hour. Gears are selected via a Tremac 5-speed manual transmission, and the shifter is topped with a polished aluminum shift ball designed specifically for the 2008 Bullitt.
The car features the first use of an open-element air filter in a factory-produced, fuel-injected Mustang. Inspired by Ford Racing, the intake is tucked neatly behind the driver side headlamp, mounted in an air box that was tooled up specifically for the Mustang. The hood liner was extensively modified to provide a full seal to the air box, ensuring that the engine is fed a steady diet of cooler air.
“Colder air reduces intake losses,” said Randle. “The new cold-air intake has shown a reduction in rise over ambient temperature from 50 degrees down to 17 degrees Fahrenheit. That equates to more horsepower and more torque in all driving conditions.”
Engine performance is further enhanced through the use of an innovative adaptive spark ignition system, new for the 2008 Mustang.
The system can sense, within a few seconds, what type of fuel is being injected into the motor and adjusts the spark to provide maximum torque at any given speed – and as much as 10 pounds-feet more between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm.
Bullitt can run on either premium or regular fuel. Ford recommends premium fuel for optimum performance, but the adaptive spark ignition will adjust the spark to burn regular fuel without damaging the engine.
“With all the improvements we’ve made to the engine and the taller 3.73-to-1 rear gear, the Bullitt will plant you firmly in the driver’s seat when you stand on the throttle. We’ve seen zero to 60 times drop by up to three tenths of a second,” said Randle. “There’s also plenty of power on tap at any speed. The car definitely feels lighter on its feet, and it is.”
The custom-designed exhaust system continues Mustang’s traditional use of a true dual-exhaust system with a new H-pipe specifically developed for Bullitt. The all-new mufflers, featuring larger 3.5-inch chrome tips (versus the 3-inch tips on the standard Mustang GT) are tuned to minimize backpressure, maximize horsepower and provide the Bullitt with its powerful exhaust note.
“We wanted to get the exhaust note as close to the original movie car as possible, so we based it on a digitally mastered DVD,” said Randle. “We wanted something that would rumble your heart, literally buzz you – and the Bullitt team delivered.”
Capturing the Bullitt’s Undercover Look
The original 1968 Mustang’s stealth-like appearance wasn’t necessarily intentional. In typical Hollywood fashion, the movie crew removed all exterior badges and logos from the car – including the iconic pony badge on the grille.
The 2008 Mustang Bullitt calls back the original movie car in painstaking detail – right down to the dark green paint and lack of exterior badges, scoops and spoilers.
The only visible identification is the word “Bullitt” dropped into a gun-sight graphic in the center of the faux gas cap on the decklid.
“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt, like the movie car, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Doug Gaffka, chief designer. “Mustang is – and always has been – such an icon that it’s recognizable without the badges. But Bullitt’s clean exterior doesn’t give away the Ford Racing-inspired power and performance lurking under its skin.”
The new Bullitt wears a close match to the movie car’s 1968 Highland Green paint, officially called Dark Highland Green. This distinctive color has only graced one other Mustang, the 2001 Mustang Bullitt. Gaffka assures Bullitt enthusiasts that the color will remain an exclusive Mustang Bullitt color. Non-purists can opt for only one other color – black.
The Mustang Bullitt uses the standard Mustang GT’s front fascia. A new black-mesh grille is devoid of the standard chrome pony and is accented by a satin aluminum strip that represents the chrome grille surround on the 1968 car. The rear fascia also is shared with the standard Mustang GT and houses Bullitt’s unique dual exhaust tips. Dark Argent Gray painted brake calipers closely match the wheel spokes, while staying true to the original.
Bullitt Interior Delivers Comfort with a Purpose
The interior is pure Mustang Bullitt, understated and dressed in Charcoal Black leather and Satin metallic trim. The centerpiece of the interior is the hand-machined, aluminum swirl dash panel appliqué.
“The machined appliqué differentiates the Bullitt from any other Mustang in the line-up,” said Gaffka. “It’s also perfect for the Bullitt. The graphic presentation brings back the feel of the ‘60s while still staying true to the Mustang’s modern interior design.”
Satin aluminum bezels circle the air vents and gauges, complementing a satin aluminum shift ball that replaces the standard leather-wrapped shifter on the Mustang GT. The pedals wear race-inspired aluminum covers that further reinforce Bullitt’s performance intentions.
The interior is graphically clean. The only identifying marks visible inside Bullitt are the logo and gun-sight graphic mounted in the center of the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the word “Bullitt” embossed into the metal sill plates.
The Dark Charcoal leather seats pick up the diamond perforation inserts from the base Mustang GT. The seats are patterned after those in the Shelby GT500 providing added lumbar and bolster support. The seats are constructed using the new soy-based foam developed by Ford and introduced on the 2008 Mustang. The soy foam, made up of 24 percent renewable content, is produced through a process that requires less energy and emits less CO2.
Bullitt Pushes Beyond
The Bullitt package enhances the Mustang GT Premium package with the following:
• Highland Green (unique to Bullitt) or Black exterior paint
• Modified 18-inch micro machined Euro-flange Bullitt wheels and unique satin finish; c/o tri-bar pony wheel cap
• Dark gray painted calipers
• Modified badging with unique satin finish and Bullitt nomenclature
• Unique 3.5-inch stainless steel packed exhaust tips
• Unique aluminum I/P finish panels with unique gunmetal engine turn pattern
• Aluminum accents – c/o IUP door handles and premier trim pedal covers and shifter trim ring
• Aluminum shifter ball unique to Bullitt
• Revised cluster with gunsight graphics and unique font
• Shelby GT500-style sport front seats and Shelby GT500-style steering wheel with Bullitt logo
• Unique aluminum sill plate (scuff plate) with Bullitt logo
• Serialization plate on strut tower brace
• 4.6-liter, 3-valve SOHC V-8; 315 horsepower
• Tremec TR-3650 5-speed manual transmission
• Signature Bullitt exhaust sound
• New open-element cold air induction system & hood blanket with AIS seal
• High performance calibration
• Dual knock strategy enabling the vehicle to run on either regular unleaded or premium (for improved performance)
• Crisper throttle response
• Revised cam timing at peak power
• Redline increased by 250 RPM to 6500 RPM
• 3.73:1 axle ratio
• New unique strut tower brace
• New Unique shock and strut tuning
• Rear spring change that lowers Vehicle Ride Height by approximately 6 mm
• Carbon metallic front brake pads
agreed, but we all knew it was only going to be the FRPP kit.
I loved the SN197s since tehy came out (and this is from a huge import guy), and this car just...it looks marvelous. the fact that nav is an option is a little counter to the bullitt principle, but the surrounding car can still own.
well it's meant to serve in between a GT and a GT500.
800 cc's short of interest
right on. nice and subtle.
don't remember Steve's 68 having the shiny plating though.
1802cc short more like.
Looks cool but overall I'm not impressed. What will this package cost over the base/premium GT?
can almost hear the double clutching.
good god that pic...
I don't understand why they still use 5-speeds.
Everything you hear in that chase scene is a dub
1. $$$ - "Affordable Muscle" has been S197's goal.
2. 4.6L 3V doesn't need two overdrives to meet fuel economy requirements.
3. Has more than enough torque rating for the stock engine.
I'd still rather have a 6-speed, but I think those are some pretty good stabs at why they're not used in the GT models.
its about 30hp and one gear short of being a good car for $31k
at least they put the 3.73s in the rear end
basically it comes down to cost, atleast it has a 3.73
ehh... not a huge fan. but yeah 3.73 from the factory is nice. 4.10s would be better. but those are cheap through ford racing.
5spd aside, 325hp ain't shabby for 31k, man
It's not worth it. I doubt this car will have much of a "collectors" value, considering how many special edition S197s there already are. The 09 Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro are just around the corner. If you're in the market for American muscle, why drop 31K on 325 hp, when you can wait a year and get 400+ in the same price range. I'd be pissed off if I bought a Bullit this year, and next years GT was faster.
while true, ford will have no problem selling everyone they build.
where are you guys getting 325hp?
you can get a short wheelbase, regular cab Silverado with with the same horsepower, more torque and the ability to tow something behind it for less than $28k... why bother with this turd? sure, its a collectible... sure, its a bit faster than a Silverado... but the market is about to change... you're going to be able to get 400hp for the same price... why do people love these POS special editions?
and, again, I maintain that you could get a 2002 Z28 for $25k that would kick this car's a$$... so why hasn't Ford at least caught up with GM's 2002 offerings? have they had so little competition for so long that they have forgotten what the price of entry is? or are they just hoping that their past success will keep the cars selling?
heh, yeah I was ignoring the fact that the upcoming challenger and camaro will out do 325hp/31k, we hope. still it's really not a horrid value.
and it's a ford bro, they'll send under sticker