First things first: The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is a limited-edition vehicle based on the Mustang GT, and it's being released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic Steve McQueen film.
Based on a Mustang GT, the 5.0-litre V8 engine is increased to 475 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque for a top speed of 163 miles per hour which is eight more than the Mustang GT. Even better, the revised Getrag six-speed is rowed by a Bullitt-exclusive white "cue ball" shifter in a nod to the original four-speed transmission found in the 1968 fastback used in the movie.
There are iconic movie cars and then there's the dark green Mustang fastback Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt, during easily the most famous auto chase in cinema history.
An active valve performance exhaust is standard with NitroPlate tailpipe tips that give it that signature V8 exhaust burble.
Inside it gets a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the vehicle rather than the pony on other Mustangs. "It doesn't need to scream about anything-it's just cool". They include chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted Brembo brakes, and a unique black front grille.
There are only two color options for the Bullitt, Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black, and the rest of the options list is pretty short too. The film's almost 10-minute-long sequence followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco. The other vehicle, which was used in many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard.
In addition to the hero vehicle, McQueen used a second Mustang as a stunt auto, which recently was found in Mexico and its authenticity was verified by a Ford expert. It was long presumed lost, but the 1968 Mustang GT fastback in fact changed hands a few times, an ultimately was inherited by Sean Kiernan in 2014.
But wait, there's more: If you're a Mustang fan, you know that Ford periodically brings out Bullitt editions of the auto to commemorate that vehicle - and that's gonna happen again here. "I'm just completely buzzing to join with Ford and the new Bullitt and show this vehicle to the world on one of the biggest stages there is". That particular example wasn't involved in the 2019 Mustang Bullitt's unveiling, however.