By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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Cars.com's Patrick Olsen walks you through the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
(upbeat music) Ever since it was introduced in the mid 1960s, the Mustang has always been an iconic car. It's had it's ups and downs over the decades. Some years it's been good, some years it's not. But now it seems to be cresting a new wave.
One of the models that's helping it do that is the Bullitt model. It's modeled after the Mustang we saw Steve McQueen drive in the movie Bullitt back in the late sixties. Even down to the color of the car. Even though this is a Mustang, The iconic badge has been removed to make it seem more like the muscle cars of the seventies. Now you'll also notice the special edition Bullitt rims on this Mustang. Of course there's the legendary icon they've always had. And in the back there's the impossible to miss, and I mean really impossible to miss, Bullitt target badge. To really give the Bullitt a performance boost, this one's got a cold air intake. It's got a strut tower that's personalized for each model. And it's got a great big engine that gets 315 horsepower. Now that's up 15 horsepower from the regular Mustang. In the Bullitt Mustang, Ford offers a nice combination of old and new design touches. For example, there's the black plastic that you find in a lot of muscle cars, and these cool retro gages in the front. There's also a nice metallic surface. But in addition to those, they have newer features and newer technology, like the nav system, and the steering wheel controls. Now, whether it's winter or summer, if you're behind the wheel of the Bullitt Mustang, you're gonna wanna drive with the window down. So you can hear this. (engine revving) Great exhaust note. Even though the Bullitt Mustang is a really powerful car, it's not very hard to drive. The throws in between gears are a little hard and a little long. But it's got great acceleration. It's got a ride that's fairly smooth for a performance car. And plainly this is just a heck of a lot of fun to drive. As somebody who grew up in Southern California during the golden age of muscle cars, it's great to see Ford bring back that look and that feel today. But with today's high tech advances and modern conveniences. <v Narrator>For additional information on this car or any other, go to cars.com and our blog, Kicking Tires.