This is one of the coolest cars I have driven all year — and that’s saying a lot, especially when you factor in that I had the chance to spend time behind the wheel of the Mustang GT500.

The Bullitt is back. Well, the super stealth, super fast limited edition 2008 Mustang Bullitt will actually begin arriving early next year.

But January is just around the corner — and, only 7,700 units will be sold. I highly recommend getting your order in now.

The release of the ‘08 Bullitt coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Steve McQueen film, which included one of the greatest car chase scenes in movie history.

While staying true to the spirit of the ‘68 movie car, the ‘08 version is loaded with the latest Ford Racing technology.

Powered by a 315-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine and mated to a five-speed Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, the new Bullitt lives up to its name.

I know there’s a question a lot of Mustang enthusiasts are waiting to ask.

The answer is no, this isn’t a Mustang GT with a special appearance package.

Engineers used the Mustang GT as a starting point, but the modifications go way beyond exterior cosmetics.

The engine calibration is designed to increase throttle response and the redline has been boosted to 6,500 rpm to produce a top-end speed of 151 mph.

The engine also features the first use of an open-element air filter in a factory-produced, fuel-injected Mustang. Inspired by Ford Racing, the intake is tucked behind the driver side headlamp, mounted in an air box that was tooled up specifically for this car. To accommodate the box, the hood liner was extensively modified to provide a full seal to the air box, ensuring the engine is fed a steady diet of cooler air.

There’s also the Tremec 5-speed transmission and major modifications to the suspension system — including new shocks and struts along with a tower-to-tower brace designed specifically for the Bullitt to add torsional and lateral stiffness to the chassis, which provides world class cornering.

Cosmetically, the Bullitt is very unique as designers did a great job in staying true to the original ‘68 movie car.

When Warner Brothers filmed “Bullitt,” it was in the days before paid product placement. As a result, the movie company removed all badging and logos from the Mustangs used in the film, providing a “stealth” appearance.

The ‘08 Bullitt mirrors the original insomuch as the only visible identification is the “Bullitt” dropped into a gun-sight graphic in the center of the faux gas cap on the decklid.

Like the movie car, the ‘08 Bullitt is available in Dark Highland Green, which is exclusive to the Mustang Bullitt. Buyers can also opt for black.

The interior is finished in Charcoal Black leather and satin metallic trim, with a hand-machined, aluminum swirl dash panel appliqué.

With a base price of $31,075, the 2008 Mustang Bullitt is an absolute awesome vehicle and will no doubt be a hit with both driving enthusiasts and collectors. During my weeklong test drive, I also found it to be a fun car for everyday driving.

It goes without saying, but I highly recommend this car for a test drive.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Comments may be sent to Neal at neal.white@waxahachiedailylight.com.