Nuke some Orville Redenbacher and grab the Steve McQueen videos from the shelf, because Ford's just announced that the Mustang Bullitt
will hit the streets once again in 2008
The latest incarnation of Bullitt sees Ford Racing parts installed for a boost in horsepower, as well as chassis and suspension upgrades for potent handling. The entire package is movie-true, with matching paint and a finely tuned exhaust job to match the original's sound.
"The 2008 Mustang Bullitt
embodies the true spirit of the 1968 movie car," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of 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."
Generating sound effects in this case is tweaked version of Ford's award-winning 4.6-litre V8. It's tuned for a more instant and satisfying throttle feel than the standard GT model, while the redline is bumped up slightly to 6,500 revs.
Part of the additional power can be attributed to a special open-element air intake system which feeds the mill a constant stream of fresh air from near the headlight assembly. it's a first for a modern Mustang, and hot air from under the hood is sealed out.
Additional improvements include an octane-sensitive intelligent spark program and application-specific dual-exhaust system with revised plumbing, an H-pipe and larger polished tips.
"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."
Total performance gain? Expect about three-tenths shaved from the 0-60 figures of the standard GT model.
Handling has been upgraded as well, and a strut tower brace works with a limited-slip rear-end to make sure all the ponies keep planted firmly to the road. Factory struts and shocks are gone--replaced with more aggressive hardware that enables a ride-height reduction of about 6 mm.