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2008 Mustang Bullitt Overview

2008 Bullitt Mustang
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2008 Mustang Bullitt Highlights:

  • More horses:  Featured the latest in Ford Racing Technology, Bullitt’s 4.6-liter V-8 delivers 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
  • Sport-tuned: Modified chassis and suspension improved Mustang chassis to deliver the more balanced driving.
  • Film-inspired: Dark Highland Green exterior paint called back the original movie car, while Ford engineers delivered an exhaust note that matcheed the film.
  • Bottom line:  Bullitt carried a $31,075 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  A limited production run of 7,700 units was planned, however only 5,808 were produced (Dark Highland Green 4,377; Black 1,431).

The 2008 Bullitt delivered a great balance of power and performance, because of chassis and suspension tweaks  - and the 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from 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 launch of the limited edition 2008 Mustang Bullitt coincided 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 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

  • 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 special 3.73:1 gear.
  • Stock Mustang GT shocks and struts were replaced with units that allowed engineers to dial in a more aggressive driving dynamic over the base Mustang GT.  A tower-to-tower brace designed specifically for the Bullitt added additional torsional and lateral stiffness to the chassis for improved cornering and was imprinted with 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 brakes were 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 utilized unique cast-aluminum Euroflange wheels, offering a modern twist on the original movie car.  The Dark Argent Gray spokes featured a satin finish, while a bright-machined lip completed the look.  The calipers were colored to match the wheel. 
  • The wheels were 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.

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  • The 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 delivered 315 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.
  • Engine calibration was designed to increase throttle response for a snappier acceleration feel.  The redline was boosted by 250 rpm to 6,500, with top-end speed bumped to 151 miles-per-hour.  
  • A Tremec 5-speed manual transmission aws fitted, and the shifter was topped with a polished aluminum shift ball designed specifically for the 2008 Bullitt.
  • The  2008 Bullitt featured the first use of an open-element air filter in a factory-produced, fuel-injected Mustang.  Inspired by Ford Racing, the intake was tucked neatly behind the driver side headlamp, mounted in an air box that was tooled 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 was 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 used Mustang’s traditional true dual-exhaust system but a a new H-pipe specifically developed for Bullitt was fitted.  The  different mufflers, featuring larger 3.5-inch chrome tips (versus the 3-inch tips on the standard Mustang GT) were fitted and re-tuned to minimize backpressure, maximize horsepower and provide the Bullitt with its own 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 replicated as closely as possible the original movie car in detail – right down to the dark green paint and lack of exterior badges, scoops and spoilers.  
  • The only visible identification is the word “Bullitt”  on 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 Bullitt  has 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.  The color will remain an exclusive Mustang Bullitt color.  Non-purists could opt for only one other color – black.
  • The Mustang Bullitt used the standard Mustang GT’s front fascia, but a black-mesh grille, devoid of the standard chrome pony and is accented by a satin aluminum strip that represents the chrome grille surround on the 1968 car, was fitted.  The rear fascia was shared with the standard Mustang GT and houses Bullitt’s unique dual exhaust tips.  
  • Dark Argent Gray painted brake calipers matched the wheel spokes, staying as true to the original as possible.

Bullitt Interior

  • The interior was Charcoal Black leather and Satin metallic trim.  The centerpiece of the interior was 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 brings back the feel of the ‘60s while still staying true to the Mustang’s modern interior design.”

  • Satin aluminum bezels circled the air vents and gauges, along with a satin aluminum shift ball that replaced the standard leather-wrapped shifter on the Mustang GT.  The pedals had aluminum covers.

The interior's only identifying marks visible 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 dorr sill plates.

The Dark Charcoal leather seats used diamond perforation inserts from the base Mustang GT.  The seats were patterned after those used in the 2008 Shelby GT500, providing added lumbar and bolster support.  The seats were 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 Package Features
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 engine 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 covers)

Standard content included:

  • 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 brakes
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Traction Control
  • Seat-mounted side air bags
  • Personal Safety System®
  • SecuriLock®
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Shaker 500 Audio System with six-disc CD player, MP3 and eight speakers

Available options included:

  • 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 AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Mich. 

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2008 Bullitt Mustang showing unique rear treatment

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Bullitt engine - showing brace and air inlet

Shock Tower Brace showing Bullitt unique plaque

Bullitt-specific shifter knob

Bullitt-specific faux gas cap















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