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 pake 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 applique.
"The machined applique 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.
Bullitt Pushes Beyond
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(R) 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 LATCH Personal Safety System(R) SecuriLock(R) 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
The 2008 Mustang Bullitt will be built at Ford's Automotive Alliance Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. It goes on sale early next year.