Ford introduced a version of its GT with the Bullitt nameplate in 2001. It was similar to the 1968 390 fastback model driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie Bullitt. The car was designed lower by 3/4 of an inch, short length sub-frame connectors, and received Tokico shocks. Also, a new intake design, high-flow mufflers, and special however, owners commonly report numbers closer to the 270-275 spectrum. The torque curve was greatly improved over the base GT models, 90% of its 305 lb·ft (414 N·m) available from 2000 rpm. This broader torque curve allowed itself to be known at the drag strip, as the Bullitt edition Mustangs could cover the 1/4 mile in 2-3 tenths of a second quicker and about 2 mph (3 km/h) faster than the regular GT.
The Bullitt had a large hood scoop similar to the earlier Boss 429 scoop, as well as new side scoops, C-pillars with unique rear side window shape and lower body moldings. The Bullitt also included gauge facings and seat upholstery patterned after the 1968 model, aluminum pedals and shifter, red brake calipers with the Mustang logo on them, and the removal of the spoiler and fog lamps regularly found on Mustang GTs, which was done in order to create a cleaner, more smooth look. Dual-piston Brembo brakes with 13-inch (330 mm) rotors improved braking.
The Bullitt Mustang was offered in only three colors: black, dark highland green, and true blue. Total production was 5,582 units (3,041 Dark Highland Green, 1,819 Black, and 722 True Blue). In addition to the 2001 version, a 2008-2009 edition was realsed by Ford Motor Company. Exterior features in this model include finished 18″ Torq-Thrust style wheels and removal of the decklid spoiler and all badges except for the fake gas cap, which is changed out with a Bullitt-specific unit. Inside, there are Bullitt door sills, GT500-inspired front seats and GT500-inspired steering wheel with black stitching, an engine-turned aluminum dash panel, gauges, and steering wheel cap, and aluminum shift knob and pedals.
The first factory Mustang open-element air filter, unique exhaust that mirrors the sound of Steve McQueen’s GT 390 Fastback and ends in 3.5-inch tips, and new engine programing raise horsepower to 315 (up from 300). Suspension is upgraded by a Bullitt-badged front tower brace and retuned suspension components that drop the car height by 6 millimetres (0.24 in). A Tremec 5-speed manual and 3.73:1 ratio live rear axle drops 0-60 mph times to 4.9-5.0 seconds compared to the standard GT’s 5.2-5.3, and quarter miles come in 13.8 seconds at 102 mph (164 km/h). The Bullitt package is $3,310 more expensive than the regular GT Premium.