The regular Mustang GT was remodeled for the 1999 model year into what we know as the Bullitt edition GT. At first critics were not pleased with the new design because of the creases and flat planes that were laid over the bulging curves of the 1994 model. Yet, there were other changes that were made to the C-pillar and the rear quarter-panel that has made the Bullitt more appealing to enthusiasts. It was given a much lowered suspension, new rocker-panel moldings, and incredible mag-style wheels.
When you take a look inside the vehicle you can see that Ford has transformed it into something that will make you feel like you are on top of the world and are the only driver on the road. They added a brushed aluminum ball shifter and bezel, metal doorsill plates and allow pedal covers. The seats have been given a bit of a retro look and are completely covered in dark leather with instrument graphics.
The suspension and the engine were also given a new look and new design. The Bullitt was given a 4.6 liter SOHC V-8, same as the GT though power output is up to 265 horsepower and 305 pond-feet of torque. The torque curve is also much flatter then what we are used to, with close to 300 lb-ft available at 2000 instead of 3000 rpm thanks to an improved intake manifold. The car was lowered by 0.75 inch, the Tokico struts and dampers were revalved, thicker rear and thinner front anti-roll bars were fitted, and a front body brace was also added. This is a great handling car, in fact many modders swap their GT suspension parts in favor of the Bullitt’s.
When you drive the Bullitt you will get the urge to pick a race with everyone around you and to prove the speed of the vehicle. The brakes are able to provide more confidence, but the handling still suffers from the curious front/rear disconnect that we find in the current Mustang, where the front end feels softer and less planted than the rear. Yet, the Bullitt does turn in more crisply and it doesn’t understeer as much. The cost of the Bullitt GT is $3600 more than a regular GT, which puts it dangerously close to the Cobra. However, we don’t think price will be much of a problem for any enthusiast.