2008 Mustang Bullitt

Ford won't launch the new Bullitt Mustang until the car gets a facelift, most likely scheduled for the 2008 model year. That's just in time for the movie's 40th anniversary.

The facelift will be minor, but one concession to the movie car is that the Bullitt edition won't have the V-8's foglamps. Yes, the Bullitt will be a GT model and, like the last-generation Bullitt, probably will have some induction and exhaust changes for a few more ponies beyond the GT's 300 horsepower.

The new Bullitt will be the best interpretation up to this time of the iconic 1968 390 GT driven by Steve McQueen in the movie that still sets enthusiasts' pulses racing for its real-world chase sequence through the streets of San Francisco.

Insiders who've seen styling mockups report the 2007 Bullitt features a plain grille without galloping pony badge or spotlights and a black-painted panel between the taillights, just like McQueen's '68. Naturally, the car will be available in Highland Green.

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