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2001 Ford Mustang Convertible

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2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT

Source: The Car Connection

Stoking teenage fantasies among the boomers.

by Marc K. Stengel

Since the Mustang's debut at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, more than 6.9 million of these precocious pony cars have hit the road. They're everywhere; and they're such an integral part of the automotive landscape that driving a Mustang elicits very little special attention anymore.

So it was a singular pleasure to be strafing through traffic last week and note, out of the corners of my eyes, that perhaps I was making a bit of a spectacle of myself behind the wheel of Ford's special-edition Mustang GT, surnamed Bullitt.

I was only 12 years old when Steve McQueen, a.k.a. Frank Bullitt, taught the world that four-wheel aviation was simply a matter of choosing, one, the right car and, two, the right place to abuse it. His chase scene in the '68 Peter Yates movie Bullitt still ranks as the most hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping, adolescent-frenzifying single sequence of motor mayhem that's ever been preserved for posterity. Up and down San Francisco's diabolical hill streets, McQueen launched his '68 Mustang Fastback GT 390 weightlessly into mid-air through intersection after punishing intersection.

I can still remember watching that film beset by involuntary groans that synchronized with every chassis-mangling crunch of a hard landing. Although I didn't understand why at the time, I also remember this odd, shall I say stirring of the loins that accompanied every rippling fusillade of V-8 acceleration, every tire-shredding power slide through inner-city corners. By the time McQueen ditched his shambling heap of a muscle car at the end of that chase, I was almost grateful because by then, I was completely, blissfully drained.

Vicarious flight

I suppose Ford is betting that there are at least 6000 guys around the country who have similar suspicions that they may have lost their vehicular virginity while flying vicariously like a Bullitt through San Francisco traffic three decades ago. That's how few Mustang Bullitt GTs are available for 2001, in comparison with the 160,000 or so run-of-the-mill Mustangs that Ford is on track to sell by year-end. What's particularly fascinating about this $26,830 coupe is the calculated way Ford can coax adolescent yearnings out of hiding with a tour de force of subliminal manipulation.

If I point out that the Bullitt Mustang has 10 more horsepower (at 270 hp) and three more pound-feet of torque (at 305 ft-lb) than a mainstream Mustang GT, it's clear there's not a lot of extra performance to crow about. If I say that a combination of fake hood scoop, fake side scoops, and remolded rear quarter panels provide a distinctive look, Bullitt sounds like the victim of an unethical plastic surgeon.

True, there are those massive Brembo disk brakes (including ABS) with their snappy red calipers at all four corners. And those fat-spoker alloy wheels are not only McQueen-era authentic, but at 17 inches in diameter, they're the real deal in performance terms. So is the fact that this car is lowered three-quarters of an inch, while shocks, struts, and front/rear stabilizer bars are correspondingly stiffened.

Nefarious works

The cleverest modification by far, however, is also the most nefarious. According to specs, the Mustang Bullitt wears "high-flow mufflers for increased power and aggressive sound." Yes, the exhaust flow combines with better intake flow to eke out those 10 extra ponies. But the carefully orchestrated sound of this exhaust is worth, psychologically at least, an extra 90. This is no mere poetic license, mind you. I've actually participated in a focus-group simulation at Ford's Dearborn design facility, in which sample "ideal" exhaust notes are "matched" to the car models they best represent. Armed with this kind of perception data, engine and audio engineers proceed to custom-tune exhaust systems to enhance the experience of driving a given car. In the case of this Bullitt, the result is one of the most exhilarating symphonies of wanton power I've ever heard.

I'm not alone in thinking so. Almost without exception, every friend and relative—and many bystanders besides—reacted the same way during my stint with this car: "What's under the hood of that thing? There must be 350 horsepower under there." To drive the Bullitt, you'd surely agree. The exhaust note enfolds and envelopes you like a raspy mantra. You grasp the gleaming cue ball of a shifter knob — which seductively matches your body temperature because it's solid aluminum — and you roar your way up the gear changes. Musicians might imagine a classic Hammond B3 organ when its Leslie speakers are spinning towards climax in a Doppler wail. Everyone else will simply understand that something magnificent is taking place. If you're the driver, you're basking in the realization that you're the source of this very good thing (with Ford's sly help, of course).

In muscle car circles, Mustangs are famous for their short-wheelbase nimbleness. The Bullitt doesn't disappoint on this score, and in fact, the lowered suspension and quick steering seem more aggressive than usual. As for creature comforts, Ford brags about its Mach 460 sound system, whose 460 watts combine with an in-dash six-CD changer to create a sound garden for the interior. But not for me. I was so seduced by the car's rip of acceleration — the Lorelei wail of the exhaust, the throbbing peal of smoking tires burning out in first and second gears — that I mostly kept the stereo off and the windows down.

This here car, I am forced to admit, is a Bullitt with my name on it. When I grow up, I hope I'll remember what it felt like, what it sounded like, during my very first time.


2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT

Base price: $26,830
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 270 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 183.2 x 73.1 x 53.1 in
Wheelbase: 101.3 in
Curb weight: 3254 lb
EPA City/Hwy: 18/25 mpg
Safety equipment: Front airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control
Major standard equipment: 17x8 aluminum alloy wheels, four-wheel Brembo disc brakes, leather seating, HVAC, cruise control, power locks/mirrors, Mach 460 stereo with in-dash six-disc CD changer
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles


Copyright © 2001 by the Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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