EDITORS' NOTEBOOK: 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Day 1
Read Rusty Blackwell’s comments on driving the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
I absolutely love this car, even though I know it’s pretty cheesy, [probably] way too expensive, and based on the now-aging current Mustang generation. It looks crazy sinister with its dark green paint and American Racing-style wheels, and the deletion of a spoiler and foglights streamline the package nicely. The standard Mustang exhaust note is made even more sultry by the upgraded exhaust. The manual gearbox (five-speed only, unfortunately) has great, positive action and a comfortable, vintage-looking knob. The engine-turned aluminum-finish dashboard covering looks pretty slick, too. I could do without the BULLITT badges between the taillights, on the door sills, and on the steering wheel, but I guess Ford needs to brand it clearly to make this car stand out from all the other bazillion special-edition Mustangs in history.
Aside from possibly the Ford GT, a modern car hasn’t shoved me into the 1960s (in a good way) quite like this Bullitt. Of course, classic rock is the only permissible sound track … I cranked the tunes last night when Steve Miller’s “Livin’ in the USA” came on Sirius’s excellent Classic Vinyl station.
All right Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro: your turn! I can’t wait for this battle royale to finally get going.