liter SOHC V8
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hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) 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 Bullitts 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
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 GTs.
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.
Powered by Ford Racing
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
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
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
With all the improvements weve made to the engine and the taller
3.73-to-1 rear gear, the Bullitt will plant you firmly in the
drivers seat when you stand on the throttle. Weve seen zero to 60
times drop by up to three tenths of a second, said Randle. Theres
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 Mustangs 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 Bullitts Undercover Look
The original 1968 Mustangs stealth-like appearance wasnt
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 sheeps
clothing, said Doug Gaffka, chief designer. Mustang is and
always has been such an icon that its recognizable without the
badges. But Bullitts clean exterior doesnt give away the Ford
Racing-inspired power and performance lurking under its skin.
The new Bullitt wears a close match to the movie cars 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 GTs 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 Bullitts 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
The machined appliqu differentiates the Bullitt from any other
Mustang in the line-up, said Gaffka. Its also perfect for the
Bullitt. The graphic presentation brings back the feel of the 60s
while still staying true to the Mustangs 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 Bullitts
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
3.73:1 Limited Slip Rear Axle
Ford Racing Power Pack (cold air induction system)
High Performance Calibration
Performance Friction Carbon Metallic front brake pads
Ford Racing Strut Tower Brace
Sport tuned suspension (shocks/springs/stabilizer bar)
Modified H Pipe
Dark Grey Brake 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
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
Tilt steering wheel
Rear window defroster
Four-wheel power disc brakes
Anti-lock Braking 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
Available options include:
The 2008 Mustang Bullitt will be built at AutoAlliance International
in Flat Rock, Mich. It goes on sale early next year.