• 39
click above image to view some gorgeous high-res live shots of the Bullit

Just as Autoblog announced the debut of the 2008 Bullitt Mustang, Ford was allowing a select number of journalists to drive the car in San Francisco, a fitting location for the car's debut. We were fortunate enough to receive an invite, and are fresh out of the driver's seat ready to report. Read on after the jump...


Ford provided the vehicles for testing. Autoblog does not accept travel or lodging from automakers when attending media events.

Live Photos Copyright ©2007 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

While we had a good idea of what the Bullitt would look like, we examined closely all of the new visual details – the new grille, wheels, spoiler delete, etc. It's definitely understated, but that will most likely appeal to its buyer. The San Francisco fog didn't help the car stand out, unfortunately. On the road it didn't attract too much attention – it almost looked like a de-badged V6 Mustang trying to pose as a GT. Still, there was the occasional person we passed who knew what they were looking at.


The outside of the car is certainly understated, but the inside is as well, though in a different way. The details are what really help spark up the interior, like the new shifter, the GT500 seats that have been reupholstered just for the Bullitt, the leather-wrapped steering wheel with the Bullitt logo, the unique gauges, and the engined-turned metal dash that looks fantastic. Those seats are quite comfortable yet supportive and felt much better than the stock GT. We didn't complain at all after several hours in the car.


Much of that praise should also be shared with the new suspension. The setup is somewhere in between the stock Mustang GT and the Shelby GT. It feels more planted than the GT, but not as harsh as the Shelby. It's a good compromise that makes for a better daily driver – it soaks up bumps in the road quite nicely and still stays planted under hard cornering.

While some might have been hoping for more performance, the 3:73 gears along with the extra 15 ponies make the Bullitt feel quite a bit faster than a stock GT. We're guessing that it will break the five second mark from 0-60 mph, and run the quarter mile in the very low 13s. The exhaust note is rather quiet from inside the cabin, but actually sounds aggressive from outside of the car. This is another factor that would make it ideal as a daily driver.

We will be driving the Bullitt again tomorrow, and will conclude our driving impressions and bring you additional photos from Day 2. Stay tuned...



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 39 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pictures are wonderful Much more than what Motor Trend has for pics. Have noted two different steering wheels in photos. Are both available? Noted speedo goes to 200 mph and this car cannot go over 140 mph with same engine as regular GT AND a 3.73 rear axle. Normal GT only available with 3.31 or 3.55 and supposed to go 144 mph max. Why the 200 mph speedo? This car available in hunter green or black. What are interior choices? Is a saddle interior available? Tires are 18s and I thought this car came with 17s (on Billet model). Does this car really cost 31 to 34 thousand when The Shelby GT costs about 9 thousand more than a regular GT. If so then it is a steal. About the only things missing from a Shelby GT are the grille (metal) and the fake hood scoupe. Why is exhaust aftermarket when Ford racing makes two different axle back exhaust packages for the GT? Has anyone else noted any other differences beyond the obvious seat air bags which are on all 08s and the optional Xenon headlamps which are an 08 option, and the map display on radio face? Does this car have a different steering rack than the standard GT...Ford racing has one in their catalog but it is not explained thoroughly. My 05 GT has terrible steering with play in it...would rather have a better rack than stock.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The press photos have the steering wheel and gauges from the base Mustang GT - I don't know why. The production version has the leather wrapped steering wheel and different gauges with the crosshairs also seen on the faux gas cap on the rear of the car.

        Supposedly the base GT has a limited top speed. Ford raised the limit on the Bullitt to 151.

        This car comes with 18-inch rims, the same that are optional on the GT except in a different color.

        The exhaust isn't considered "aftermarket" - it was developed to sound somewhat similar to the original Bullitt. It was developed by Ford and is a little quieter than the Ford Racing version that is also on the Shelby GT.

        The Bullitt has the same steering rack.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I only wish Steve McQueen could give us his opinion...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Refusing/failing to use the E-Z in IRS from the T-Bird tells me that Ford and its friends aren't really interested in doing this right. Or is wheel hop part of the mystique?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That "ox cart" solid rear led helped stang to a manufacturer title in 2005 and a close 2nd in 2007 on road circuit racing over 997s, 350Zs and M3s (all IRS sportscars). Oh and the GT500 which is good as a 997 Turbo on the road courses uses it too. Get a clue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'll buy a civic then; much safer and more confortable to drive. The point is that the SRA in stangs is great at the limit, even on the street. I've driven other IRS SPORTS CARS, they are just as stiff if not more unconfortable and jittery. The stang frame has no flex as well compared to a 350Z or RX8, by the way.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm back. IRS is independent rear suspension. The T-Bird has it on the otherwise same chassis. It's basically interchangeable with the oxcart design in the 'Stang. And cool your jets, Jr. Ranger.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Racing on tracks isn't the same as on real roads. The difference becomes immediately apparent the first time the suspension encounters an irregularity. If you don't know the difference, get an education.
        • 7 Years Ago
        V8+IRS=wheel hop

        You had the variables in place but then you blew the equation. Go test drive some more RWD cars and get back to us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how many hubcaps the chase car lost on the drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For 31K, I would have expected more than a 15HP increase. But does the NAV unit come standard? If so, that helps make up the price difference.

      As for the styling, I love it. Its very understated, very Anti-Rice. However why they hell can't Ford drop a pumped up (but normally aspirated) 5.2 in there? They do realize they've gotta compete with the Camaro next year, right?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean 5.4, not 5.2. Sorry, had to say it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the idea fo bringing back the bullitt but it just looks so cheap and outdated!
      And isn´t there allready lots of special ed stang around? answere YES! granted not from ford but fact remains they all pretty much look+taste the same.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still just looks like a base V6 'Stang with custom wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Steve McQueen did give us his opinion, Luis -- watch "Bullitt" again if you have to. This car is very well done, and I applaud Ford for its restraint. I was a fan of the 01 Bullitt, and I think this one is more in keeping with the spirit of the movie car.
      For all of you who seem to think the car needs to broadcast what it is, two things: look at the flash of silver that is the engine-turned dash as it passes you or listen to it. I know there are people who put GT wheels on V6 Stangs, but if you're an enthusiast like you think you are, you will know the difference.
      If you need the world to recognize that you've got a performance car, this is not the car for you. Buy a GT, GT500, or hell, a Pony -- whatever sort of Stang that shows what you've got. Besides, who cares if some dolt in a V6 thinks he has the exact same car as you? If you feel the need to let people know what you have, goose the throttle and let that V8 snarl tell them what they need to know.
        • 7 Years Ago
        FYI: I meant his opinion of THIS Mustang. Sorry you didn't catch that...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha -- sorry, I DID catch that. I apologize if you didn't catch what I inferred. No need for sniping. I wasn't sniping at you -- merely stating how I felt. This Bullitt is much more in line with what McQueen did with his that the '01 version. The only thing I think he would have done with this one is more power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or do some of those shots of the Bullitt Mustang driving around San Francisco look really fake?

      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-ford-mustang-bullitt/476400/
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha I knew SOMEONE would say that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, its just you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This might have been cool had autoblog not posted 18,000 posts about different 'special edition hennessy cobra type R spyder mach 1 DOHC GT-R mustang edition super number ones'. I am SO sick of new 'editions' of the freaking mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what you won,t post negtive coments My wife o4 still looks better
      • 7 Years Ago
      Then don't click the links, maybe?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Although there are too many variants (and more to come) of the mustang ...this is still one of my personal favs... subtle but mean.
    • Load More Comments