• Nov 8th 2007 at 7:58PM
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Click above image for an updated gallery of the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt

For the second and final leg of our drive with the Bullitt, we took back roads up from Monterey to San Francisco with some great twisties that really put the new suspension to the test. Read on after the jump for more from Day 2 or click here to read about our adventure on Day 1...

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The additional seat time reinforced our initial impression that the Mustang Bullitt has an ideal setup for the street. We loved how the Shelby GT handled when pushed, but the Bullitt does 90% of that while offering a ride that doesn't jar you over bumps. Everything about the car responds just a tad quicker than the regular GT. We are also a big fan of the seats, which were wonderfully comfortable over several hours of driving. The fully leather-wrapped steering wheel, which had better grip and was more comfortable than the standard wheel, also drew praise. That exhaust sound was also wonderfully quiet when just cruising, but could be easily awakened with a touch of the throttle.

The Bullitt received no more attention than it did the previous day. Only a few knowledgeable Mustang buffs actually knew what they were looking at when they saw us pass by. We've also found reactions from current Mustang owners to be mixed. Half the people love the stripped down look, while others seem to be questioning whether Ford did enough with the car. Either there's not enough power, they didn't do enough with the styling, or it needs something to differentiate it from a stock GT and the V6.

While Ford definitely could have done more with the Bullitt, it makes sense that they didn't. They are going after the owner who doesn't want the frills. There is no spoiler. No quarter window louvers. There is no excess of badges letting everyone know that the car is special. The only available colors are Highland Green and Black – not exactly eye catching. Even the calipers, which were painted red on the 2001 version, have been painted grey to blend in with the wheels. Most people who see the car will give it only a slight glance, and that is what is intended. It was built to reflect the movie car, and only those who really know Mustangs will know what the car represents. Think of it this way – what would Steve McQueen drive? Definitely not something that would attract attention. After all, if there's a guy who doesn't need people to tell him he's cool, it's Steve McQueen.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that the Mustang has been overly victimized by too many tuners, partly because its been so successful and is an easy target for the aftermarket. And yes, there are some pretty bad examples out there with some strange gawdy-looking models that claim to be a factory "heritage" edition. They just cheapen the original, but as they say, it's a form of flattery.
      But there's nothing like a factory sleeper that performs well without the look. Kinda like the quiet woman who sits by herself in a bar. She's not that great looking but has a body meant to turn you black and blue when she's alone with you. My 'kinda car ! (and woman!!).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Needs something more for the front end, some fog lights or a chin spoiler or for 31 Grand... how about Xenon headlights?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actual Ford variants (not counting V6)


      That's really not that many. Its the aftermarket that is flooded with all their versions. And I'm sure when the Camaro comes out you'll see the same thing.

      My only gripe is hearing about every single tuner Mustang that comes out, including the God-Awful ones. To me this factory sleeper is WAY more exciting than most of the other SEMA specials I've seen simply because it's pure and unassuming yet still kicks ass performance-wise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another day, another Mustang variant
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...this isn't ANOTHER mustang variant..it's been talked about on this site before.

        It's also one of the few that has direct ties to Ford
        • 7 Years Ago
        No crap. Zzzzzzzzz. So on paper, is this like the 53,285,921st 'special edition' of a mustang?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the coolest modern Mustang ever.

      There is way too much traffic here for a car with a stick to be anything but a headache, but if I had money for a non-daily driver toy I'd go put a deposit down tomorrow.

      • 7 Years Ago
      There seem to be many of you here that just don't "get" the Bullitt. If you know the movie, then this new Mustang is as close as you're going to get to it. And ask yourself this: How many auto makers have made a car to commemorate a movie car? Not too many. Ford is to be commended for having done so as more editions only strenghten the brand itself. Bravo Ford!! Yes, it could have more power, but then again, couldn't all models? Just slap on some FRPP aftermarket goodies and you're there. For those of you who think it should have a different color or a spoiler, scoops and badges etc., you just don't get what this car is all about. This car does not scream for attention like most other disappointing "performance" cars, but has a subtle strength that exudes cool and straightforwardness. It is a "to the point" type of car that needs nothing else. Insecure types who need the stripes, badging, spoilers, flashy paintjobs and the "look at me!" appeal will not be interested in this car. Remember that for some strange reason, people feel they have to add stuff to their cars to make it right, when all you need is to go with the overall lines of the car, apply some nice paint and wheels, and THAT'S IT!! Go buy a GT with the C/S pkg., or a GT500 if you want bling, as this is not the car for most. Only REAL Mustang enthusiasts needed!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The deal with the Bullitt as I see it is that is "ahem", an adult car, one that can be driven by someone over 45 without embarassment, no badges, no spoiler, low key, exhaust that is restrained enough to come home at 2am and not wake the neighbors, but loud when you need it. A perfect balance for those who know what they want.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford has gone way over the top. Too much is too much. Enough with the Mustangs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        All the negative comments about too many variants, Ford's way over the top, etc are humorous.

        Ford knows the market for this type of car and knows the Mustang buyer and is giving them what they want (well for the most part). It is a formula that has allowed the Mustang to be produced for over 40 years uninterrupted. Why change it? That doesn't mean don't try to improve the vehicle, but special editions are a good thing. And the fact that aftermarket and specialty companies are putting out non-vanilla modified Mustangs only speaks to the cars popularity. Again, that's a good thing. Not all of them are my cup of tea, but it's still a positive that the enthusiast has so many choices. (I prefer the Saleen look.)

        I'm not sure if all the negative people are Chevy guys or Honda nutswingers or just sheeple who have nothing better to contribute, but again, its quite comical.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure if people stop buying them, they'll stop making them.

        As usual people don't get that Ford isn't making the majority of the variants. GT500, Shelby, and now this are the only variants in production from Ford I believe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The point of this car is to attract people that want to drive a Mustang but want somthing a little more discrete.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Needs a woodgrain grill like the movie cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap! A green mustang GT... ford should have done WAY more with this. 'But its got a grill, rims, and an air intake!' If anyone here saw this going down the road and even recognized it as something other than a base mustang, would you actually think 'cool' or even give it a second glance?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I did. I guess I just fall into that half that, "seem to be questioning whether Ford did enough with the car." Minor tweaks here and there can help make it a better vehicle overall, but I just question all the noise about this thing when there are already so many mustang variants out there, many of which have more radical changes. It just doesn't really say 'Bullet special edition', or even any edition, to me. If it was some sort of ultra light weight, high horsepower sleeper-monster, then that would be cool, but as it is, I wish there were more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can tell you didn't read the article...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'de get it in black. Either way, I would buy a regular GT, and debadge the damn thing.
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