Bullitt Mustang : Return of a Legend
New "Bullitt" Mustang: Ponying
up to its legendary promise would have done "Steve, baby" proud
Power. Punch. Performance.What is there that
the new four-seater Bullitt Mustang doesn't have?
Then there's just the thrill of slipping inside
the hauntingly retro interior with its understated instrument cluster
and leather-trimmed performance bucket seats, while cradling the
brushed aluminum shifter ball under the palm of the hand to send the tach
blazing up tored line territory in a mental chase to a victorious finish.
That was comparable to the assessment of every male from six to 60 within shouting range of a test drive: "That's a great car you have. I want one, but they were all sold out."
Whatever the view, it's a sign that Ford Motor Co., for its sometimes silly mistakes and futuristic wanderings, has the sense at times to let its designers and engineers burn the midnight oil without interruption, and breed into life a classic that is guaranteed to stand up for decades as a signal that they really got it right.
This is a vehicle capable, on contact, of shaping one into a lifelong hot car enthusiast. All the great original touches capable of creating a cult-status love of high performance autosare hauntingly present. But wait. There are more. The whole idea behind Bullitt is performance, based on a 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 powerplantthat churns out 265 horsepower at 5000 rpm. Torque (305 lb. Ft. at 4000) has been optimized for a broader torque curve than the standard GT, giving it more guts from low through high rpms. Credit the modified engine's improved airflow for adding that oomph. Ford engineers point proudly to its handling, which it calls "crisp road manners." Crisp indeed. It is agile but gutsy as it cuts around tight corners, then blows away on astraightaway.
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