Buried in the middle of Ford’s “Way Foward” plan, about a leaner structure and new products, Ford president Mark Fields makes mention of a 2008 Mustang Bullitt. As part of Ford’s commitment to produce refreshed Mustangs every year, Fields was quoted as saying “We added additional Mustang derivatives to our near-term product plans – to ensure we have at least one new Mustang every year. One of those will be the return of the Bullitt, and it’s coming in 2008.”
While this news is new to many Mustang enthusiasts, it comes as little suprise for some. Back in August of 2005, Motor Trend speculated a return during coverage of the 2001 Bullitt… just in time for the 40th anniversary of the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen.
What can enthusiasts expect from the 2008 edition? This latest Bullitt is likely to share many of the same features of the 2001, namely deletion of GT foglamps. Yes, the Bullitt will be a GT model, though to pay homage to the famous “Mustang in the mirror” scene from the movie, a clean front end is a must.
Expect minor intake and exhaust upgrades to boost the performance of the GT’s 300 horsepower, likely to come by way of Ford Racing’s Performance Packs (FRPP). As for the engine, it’s likely to carry the standard 3v 4.6L engine – nothing fancy. The Bullitt Mustang has always been more about being nostalgic than anything else. If you want pure power then Ford’s got something else in mind for you.