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This was an article in Yesterday's Detroit News about the Bullitt:

Bullitt and bifocals don’t mix
Detroit News Aug-22-2001
author: Anita and Paul Lienert
It’s a powerful pop-culture mix when you pair a movie with a great car. So
it’s no wonder that lots of male baby boomers look back with nostalgia on
the 1968 movie Bullitt, which starred Steve McQueen and a 1968 Mustang GT
390 fastback.
The movie is notable for its eight-minute chase scene through the streets of
San Francisco. The bad guys are in a Dodge Charger. And, of course, McQueen
and his Mustang triumph.
To capitalize on those memories, Ford is offering the limited-edition 2001
Mustang Bullitt GT. Ford will build only 6,500 Bullitt GTs, at a base price
of $26,230.
Anita got to retrace McQueen’s movie route in San Francisco in a Bullitt.
Later, we both drove the retro coupe on our home turf in Detroit.
She: The Bullitt’s appeal seems to cross generations. The 18-year-old
University of Dayton student we encountered at the local gas station pointed
to his Jeep Wrangler and said, “I’m sick of SUVs. I want a car. My mother
says if I get a 3.0 grade point, I can pick out whatever I want. I’m talking
her into this.”
He: Yes, but when you asked him what Bullitt meant, he made no connection to
the movie. He thought you said “bullet” and you just meant the car was
“speedy.” But our friend Ken, a true baby boomer and car lover, had the
biggest grin on his face after a ride in the Bullitt. He tried to test-drive
one at his local Ford dealer and couldn’t even get in it because they seem
to be that much in demand. Ken sure understood the movie connection.
She: I have to confess it’s lost on me. Say Steve McQueen and I think of Ali
McGraw - what DID she ever see in him? Wasn’t he famous for not using
utensils and eating with his hands during breaks on the movie set? I guess
that just speaks to his macho appeal and the appeal of the Bullitt.
He: I’m sure if they tied in a specialty vehicle to Love Story, you’d rave
about it. Something with paisley daisies all over it, right?
She: Yes, but it doesn’t take a guy to see that Ford did an authentic job on
the Bullitt’s exterior. The suspension was lowered by nearly an inch and the
car has a retro front end, with a hood scoop, blacked-out grille and no fog
lamps. I’m glad they skipped a spoiler because that would have been
overkill. But the side scoops and 17-inch aluminum wheels are nice touches.
He: They fooled you with the cosmetic packaging on the Bullitt. If you crave
sheer power, you’d best check out the Mustang SVT Cobra. It’s got the
twin-cam version of the Bullitt’s 4.6-liter V-8 with something like 60 more
horsepower. What you get in the Bullitt is basically the Mustang GT’s
single-overhead-cam engine with just a bit more horsepower and torque. The
Bullitt makes 265 horsepower and 305 pounds-feet of torque. It’s got plenty
of power, but it’s no Cobra.
She: We both agreed the Bullitt deserved only an average ranking. The ride
is stiff and bouncy - which may be fun on a Friday night, but could get
tiresome if you live in the Bullitt day in and day out. Ditto on the stiff
clutch and the five-speed, which is somewhat of a challenge to shift into
reverse. The sloppy trim fit in the black-plastic cabin was a
disappointment. And there’s no room in the rear.
He: I didn’t understand the sense of paying an extra $550 for a premium
Machaudio system with a six-disc CD changer, especially when the Bullitt’s
exhaust system drowns out the music at most speeds and gets even louder once
you hit about 70 miles an hour on the freeway. I found that exhaust note
obnoxious when we just wanted to cruise peacefully.
She: It would have been cool if they’d have put an 8-track player in the
Bullitt. That would have been more Sixties than a CD changer.
He: I’m surprised you’re not griping about the lack of lighted vanity
mirrors and side air bags.
She: Even I’m willing to compromise on the lighted vanity mirrors. If Steve
didn’t use a knife and fork, I’m sure he wasn’t checking to see if there was
food in his teeth when he got behind the wheel. Ford could have done a
better job on the gauges, especially if they are aiming this car at us aging
baby boomers. That condensed typeface was difficult to read.
He: It’s tough to admit, but the Bullitt and bifocals don’t mix well.


Who are these people writing the Bullitt article? "The ride is stiff and bouncy - which may be fun on a Friday night, but could get tiresome if you live in the Bullitt day in and day out." Um, It's a PERFORMANCE car. It's supposed to have a STIFF SUSPENSION. "And there’s no room in the rear." What? Do you want a CAMRY?? "I found that exhaust note obnoxious when we just wanted to cruise peacefully." Did you forget that this was a PERFORMANCE car again? "It’s tough to admit, but the Bullitt and bifocals don’t mix well." AND THAT'S WHY WE LIKE IT. Can we get someone who likes cars to write about them?

Here is next weeks review:
Mazda Miata:
HIM: Well, frankly I don't think this is a manly enough car for me. It needs a 15" lift, super swampers and some roll bars. HER: I find the suspension to be unnecessarily stiff, and the lack of storage space appaling. Plus, there are no rear seats.
HIM: I really would prefer an automatic in a car like this.
HER: Exactly, and it should be larger, like a Camry, with a higher seating position. I bet they'd sell tons.
HIM: Especially if it is a hardtop and front wheel drive. Although the Miata has remained one of the best low cost sports cars for the last 10+ years with a dedicated fan base, we are going to give it an average rating. No, make that poor. We asked for an MPV anyways.

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Someone said those two belong in a minivan,may I add with about 20 ft.of dirt on top of it.
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