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2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review
Step back in time with me to the days of high-performance pony cars and testosterone-fuelled cop movies. I'm talking of course about San Francisco Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and his dark Highland green 1968 Mustang Fastback. Ford has resurrected much of that heart-pounding nostalgia in the 2008 Bullitt version of their punchy steed.

Ford has resurrected much of that heart-pounding nostalgia in the 2008 Bullitt version of their punchy steed.

Strikingly similar appearance
When Ford set about designing a retro-look Mustang, few (yours truly included) thought it would turn out so incredibly well. That accomplishment has repeated itself in relation to the wheels that kept Frank hot on the bumper of a sinister, black Dodge Charger.

Normally, I wouldn't fawn over a car of the Bullitt's colour, but in this case, the deep green combined with charcoal gray sport rims and flat black window trim communicates a message of no-nonsense undercover performance. In fact, you won't find any exterior badging on the Bullitt except for a faux "Bullitt" filler cap on the rear fascia and small, traditional pony center-points on the rims.

The interior is also on the lean and mean side, however some modern applications are found, such as a touch-screen interface for the audio and navigation system. The only steering wheel-mounted controls are those assigned to cruise control duty.

The Bullitt package also includes a gunmetal aluminum dash plus leather-trimmed bucket seats. Collectively, the metal dash and an aluminum orb stick shift knob faithfully impart a 1960s sense of "cool," similar to that epitomized by the late Steve McQueen behind the wheel of his 1968 fastback.

Bullitt is more than a GT without the emblems
The Bullitt Mustang is everything that a GT Mustang is, and more. The 4.6-litre V8 has been bumped up to 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It also has a redline that at 6,500 rpm, is 250-rpm higher. The Bullitt engine features an open-element air filter to ensure it's sucking in unrestricted cold air.

The Bullitt package also includes a gunmetal aluminum dash plus leather-trimmed bucket seats.

By Rob Rothwell,

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