The Bullitt Ford Mustang pays tribute to the greatest pony car of them all
Ford today unveiled the new Ford Mustang Bullitt at the Detroit Motor Show, and we think the King of Cool himself would approve.
All of the signature details of the original Mustang are present, from the full debadging, manual gearbox and the dark highland green paint; it is a modern interpretation of the iconic hero car that was the star of one of greatest ever car chase scenes captured on film.
Ford managed to pull off a double reveal in Detroit, as the new limited edition 2019 model was also unveiled alongside the surviving original 1968 Mustang GT Fastback, as used onscreen alongside McQueen himself.
Besides looking effortlessly cool, the Bullitt Mustang gets both the GT Premium and Performance Package parts giving the 5.0-litre V8 engine a total of 475 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque. This gives it 163 mph of top speed which is an 8 mph increase over the standard car.
The exhaust system has been re-tuned to give the car what Ford call a “signature burble,” a new Open Air Induction System, intake manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350, and revised throttle bodies to complete the upgrades.
On the inside, McQueen wannabes get a white cue ball gearstick as a nod to the original, along with optional Recaro seats, which may not be original, but there is no denying they look uber-cool.
The Bullitt edition Mustang, for those of you not up on your popular culture, is a modern version of the awesome hero car as driven by McQueen’s gritty lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who famously sped around the streets of San Francisco in hot pursuit of two hitmen in a 1968 Dodge Charger in what could well be the greatest car chase scene of all time.
Ford has confirmed that the Bullitt Mustang will be available in summer 2018, with the first car being auctioned for charity. They also stated that sadly for everyone in Europe, the model will only be available in North America.
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