Is Bullitt the Best Movie Car Chase Ever?

Wednesday January 7th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: goofshow

Steve McQueen - BullittIn the 1968 movie classic Bullitt, Steve McQueen took to the streets of San Francisco in a revved up 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback as he chases two hit-men in a “Tuxedo Black” 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum.

Getting air off the hills of SF
What follows is the greatest car chase ever filmed. Bullitt has nine minutes of tire-squealing thrills through the streets (and air) of San Francisco. What made the car chase scene groundbreaking, Bullitt was the first movie to show close-up shots of the driver which added more realism to the scene. The director called for speeds of 75–80 mph, but the cars reached speeds of over 110 mph on surface streets. The chase scene took three week to film, during which the Charger lost six hubcaps and has different ones missing in different shots. Even now, Bullitt is the measuring-stick by which all movie chase scenes are stacked up to.

Video of the Mustang Bullitt after the jump
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2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt Video Review

Monday June 16th, 2008 at 2:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

This is Ford’s 40th anniversary edition of the ’68 Mustang made famous in the Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt”. The crew at CarReview.com took the Bullitt out for a spin and had fun all day long roasting the tires.

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First Impressions: 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Thursday May 29th, 2008 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: twain

Ford Mustang Bullitt - burn-out
By Twain Mein

What Happens in a Mustang…stays in a Mustang

This is Ford’s 40th anniversary edition of the ’68 Mustang made famous in the Steve McQueen movie “Bullit”. I’ve been a Mustang fan since 1982 when Ford brought back horsepower and burnouts (at “just” 157 hp) and have loved the styling of the 64-70 models ever since I can remember. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of driving the ’03 Cobra and ’06 Shelby GT-H. Needless to say, I was looking forward to the Bullitt!

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt strut brace Ford Mustang Bullitt - 315 hp 4.6L V8

And, wow, this did not disappoint. The Shelby has 325 hp while the Bullitt has “only” 315 (the ’03 Cobra has 390). Read the rest of this entry »

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2008 Mustang Bullitt Preview

Tuesday November 20th, 2007 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

Buckle Up And Brace For Action, McQueen Fans: Mustang Bullitt™ Races To The Streets In 2008
2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt

  • More horses: Featuring the latest in Ford Racing Technology, Bullitt’s 4.6-liter V-8 delivers 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
  • Sport-tuned: Modified chassis and suspension improves an already competent and capable chassis to deliver the most balanced Mustang ever.
  • Film-inspired: Dark Highland Green exterior paint calls back the original movie car, while a specially mastered DVD helped Ford engineers deliver an exhaust note that matches the film.
  • Mustang magic: Bullitt is the latest in a line of special editions that keep Mustang news fresh. Plus, it delivers on the Mustang tradition of unique products that fit customers’ individual preferences: a steed for every need.
  • Bottom line: Bullitt carries on the Mustang tradition of affordable performance with a $31,075 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). A limited production run of 7,700 units is planned.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 – Four decades after hitting the big screen and redefining the on-screen car chase, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns to the streets in 2008, blending the best Mustang ever with the latest Ford Racing technology.

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