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Cars > Challenges > “RIV” Vs “Bulitt”

 

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1973 Buick Riviera GS

“RIV”

1999 Ford Mustang Gt

“Bulitt”

 
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Photo of: 1999 Ford Mustang
 

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About “RIV”

I GOT ONE OF MY DREAM CARS ON 4-8-09 FROM A GUY IN KEWAUNEE WISCONSIN FOR $3000 WITH OUT THE 100 SPOKE RIMS POWER SUN ROOF IT RUNS DRIVES THE CAR CAME FROM ARIZONA

WATCH THE VIDEO WALK AROUND WHEN I FIRST GOT IT

About “Bulitt”

No about text available for “Bulitt”

 

Specs for “RIV”

Wheelbase 3096 mm 121.9 in
Length 5545 mm 218.3 in
Width 2032 mm 80 in
Height 1372 mm 54 in
Kerb weight 2040 kg 4497 lb

Maximum power
370.0 bhp
@ 4000 rpm

Maximum torque
510 ft·lb
@ 2800 rpm

Specs for “Bulitt”

SPECIFICATIONS
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT

Base Price $ 26,230
Price As Tested $ 27,380
Engine Type single overhead cam 16-valve V8
Engine Size 4.6 liters / 281 cu. in.
Horsepower 265 @ n/a rpm
Torque (lb-ft) n/a
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase / Length 101.3 in. / 183.2 in.
Curb Weight est. 3250 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower 12.26
Fuel Capacity 15.7 gal.
Fuel Requirement unleaded regular, 87 octane
Tires P245/45 ZR17 Goodyear Eagle ZR45
Brakes, front/rear vented disc / vented disc
Suspension, front/rear independent modified MacPherson strut /
solid axle with 4-link location and coil
springs
Drivetrain front engine, rear-wheel drive

PERFORMANCE
EPA Fuel Economy - miles per gallon
city / highway / observed n/a
0 to 60 mph est. 5.5 sec

OPTIONS AND CHARGES
Mach 460 sound system with 6-CD changer $ 550
Destination charge $ 600

 

Factory Options for “RIV”

CRUSE CONTROL
SUNROOF
POWER WINDOWS
POWER DRIVER SEAT
TILT COLLOM
POWER LOCKS
CENTER COUNCLE
GEAR SALECTOR ON THE FLOOR
455 BIG BLOCK
TURBO HYDRA-MATIC 400
3.23:1 GEAR RATIO
AIR SHOCKS IN THE REAR
AM/FM RADIO
CLOCK
ELECTRIC HEATER FOR REAR DEFROST

Factory Options for “Bulitt”

APPEARANCE: The Mustang Bullitt is offered in "Dark Highland Green," "True Blue," and black. The green is a close match to the color of the movie car, and its five-spoke alloy wheels are a modern interpretation of the classic late-'60s "mag" wheels on the movie car. A large (non-functional) hood scoop is the most apparent difference from a regular Mustang GT, but the side trim and rocker panels are also different. A brushed-aluminum gas cap is unique to the Bullitt, as are the red brake calipers. A small "Bullitt" badge is found on the rear panel.

COMFORT: The Bullitt may pay homage to the past in name, but its interior is contemporary. It enhances the standard Mustang with competition drilled-look control pedals, an aluminum trim ring around the gearshift boot, and an aluminum shift knob. The "Bullitt" logo is found on the door sill plates. Perforated leather upholstery is part of the package, with front sport buckets and a rear bench. Like in all 2001 Mustangs, a new center console has larger cupholders and a power point. A six-CD in-dash changer is available with the Mach 460 sound system. Front seat room is good. Remember that this is a sport coupe, not a family sedan - the rear seat is best for smaller people for short distances. Its back folds for extra trunk space when needed, making any 2001 Mustang as functional as it is fun.

SAFETY: The 2001 Mustang Bullitt GT has all of the required and expected safety equipment, and excellent four-wheel vented disc brakes so you don't have to discover the passive safety equipment the hard way.

ROADABILITY: The Mustang's raw-boned all-American muscle car character has been toned down a little since the late 1960s, but no one will mistake the 2001 Mustang Bullitt for a high-dollar European luxury car. Hey, it's a Mustang! Still, it's a long way from its ancestors of thirty-plus years ago. The power steering feels a little overassisted at low speeds, but the Goodyear Eagle ZR45 P245/45 ZR17 tires help give it good turn-in characteristics and have far more grip than the primitive tires on Frank Bullitt's '68 Mustang. Thirteen-inch vented front Brembo discs (slightly smaller at the rear) and high-performance calipers make it stop, now! Don't even compare them with the disc/drum setup on Frank's GT. Good rear axle location and revalved Tokico shocks matched to the spring and stabilizer bar rates give it very good handling characteristics for a solid rear axle car, and, while the ride is pretty firm, it is not at all punishing. You don't have to be a Mustang fanatic to like this puppy.

PERFORMANCE: The Bullitt's 4.6-liter single overhead cam V8 is not quite the same as that found in regular Mustang GTs. It benefits from an enlarged twin-bore throttle body, aluminum intake manifold, and high-flow mufflers to make a little more power than the standard GT. Ford claims 265 horsepower (versus 260) and "significantly more" torque than the GT's 302 lb-ft. Unlike the old 5.0 pushrod engine or the venerable 390, but like the regular GT engine, it needs to be revved for serious power production. The basso profundo exhaust music serves to save driver's licenses - it's loud enough to make it seem that the car's speed is faster than it really is, not necessarily a bad thing if you don't care to be on a first-name basis with the local authorities. Linkage to the five-speed manual gearbox is wonderful, and makes shifting a pleasure. But wear gloves, the aluminum shift knob can be pretty toasty on a hot day.

CONCLUSIONS: The limited-edition 2001 Mustang Bullitt GT is fast, fun, and exclusive, and should be a future collectible.

 

Mods for “RIV”

Green Chameleon Paint
Edabrock carb
MSD 8.5 plug wires

Mods for “Bulitt”

No modifications listed.

 

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