Oct 29th, 2007 by RJ Menezes
It’s a scene that has been etched in the minds of Mustang fans since the fall of 1968. Our protagonist, a hunter green Ford Mustang, chases a big bad black Dodge Charger through the streets of San Fransisco in a hair-raising sequence of jumps, drifts, and near misses. The driver is none other than Steve McQueen and his cool demeaner as he muscles the pony car around is awe-inspiring. This is the stuff of legend. Girls want to date him, guys want to be him. So is the mystic around this 60’s classic where the star gets outshone by the car. Lt. Frank Bullitt’s (McQueen) 1968 Ford Mustang gets plastered up on the walls of young boys rooms by the thousands and the rest is history. Ford has an arsenal of historic cars with a winning pedigree that it can bring back from the dead, but McQueens Mustang, or “Bullitt” Mustang as it came to be know, had an aura about it. This car posseses timeless cool and so when Ford was killing of it’s last generation Mustang a Bullitt edition was made up to lure some of those old boyhood fantasies back. It worked, all of them were called for. But still something was missing, something that the old car had that the new one lacked, and that was beauty. The original Mustang was a gorgeous shape, in a way timeless. So when the new retro-styled Mustang debuted people were foaming at the mouth for a Bullitt version. Well my friends, Ford has just announced that for 2008 a new Bullitt Mustang is coming. Based on the new Mustang, this one has a fitting shape and should look sweet in Bullitt regalia. Rumours of a 400hp “cramer” motor are floating around but chances ar we’ll just get a similar treatment to the Shelby-GT version so figure more like 315-320hp. This figure is still good enough to make your Mustang do it’s best tire incinerator impersenation. All we have is a vague sketch but the formula is pretty simple so it should be a looker. I’m dreaming of jumping San Fransisco’s city streets already.