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    Details on 2008 Mustang Bullitt

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 ? 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 pos. 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.

    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 pace 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 pakes 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 pight-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.

    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.?

    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 pake calipers closely match the wheel spokes, while staying true to the original.

    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 pings 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.

    The Bullitt package enhances the Mustang GT Premium package with the following:

    3.73:1 Limited Slip Rear Axle
    Ford Racing Power Pack (cold air induction system)
    High Performance Calipation
    Performance Friction Carbon Metallic® front pake pads
    Ford Racing Strut Tower pace
    Sport ?tuned suspension (shocks/springs/stabilizer bar)
    Modified ?H? Pipe
    Dark Grey pake Calipers
    18-inch Euro-Flange Bullitt Wheels with Charcoal Satin Finish
    3.5-inch Packed Exhaust Tips
    Distinct Upper Grille
    Bullitt emblem on faux fuel cap
    Black interior with upgraded steering wheel
    Charcoal Black sport leather seats
    Unique IP finish (hand-machined aluminum swirl)
    Satin Aluminum interior accents (ball shifter/sill plate/pedal covers)
    Standard content also includes:

    4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engine
    5-speed manual transmission
    Auxiliary audio input jack
    One-touch up-down power windows
    Power mirrors and door locks
    Keyless entry
    Air conditioning
    Tilt steering wheel
    Speed control
    Rear window defroster
    Four-wheel power disc pakes
    Anti-lock paking System (ABS) with Traction Control
    Seat-mounted side air bags
    Personal Safety System®
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    Shaker 500 Audio System with six-disc CD player, MP3 and eight speakers
    Available options include:

    HID headlamps
    Shaker 1000 Audio System six-disc CD player, MP3 and 10 speakers
    SIRIUS satellite radio
    Ambient Lighting
    Active Anti-Theft System
    Wheel locking kits

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    Re: Details on 2008 Mustang Bullitt

    For pictures of the new Bullitt Mustang follow this link to our main page posting:

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    Re: Details on 2008 Mustang Bullitt

    I spent a week in the previous generation Bullitt - and loved it!

    I'm really looking forward to getting some seat time in the new one....

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    Re: Details on 2008 Mustang Bullitt


    When you get a new Bullitt we will have to take some video footage of it.

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    Re: Details on 2008 Mustang Bullitt

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete

    When you get a new Bullitt we will have to take some video footage of it.

    I have a Lexus LS this week - and the thing does a pretty solid burnout if you power brake it a little bit... ;D

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