Detroit Auto Show: Ford Revives Famed Steve McQueen's Mustang Bullitt

Ann Santiago
January 17, 2018

Powering the 2019 Mustang Bullitt is the 5.0-litre V8 from the 2018 GT, but making more than 475PS (as opposed to 466PS of the 2018 model) and 570Nm of torque in this guise. There are a number of enhancements for the exterior, such as 19-inch aluminium wheels in classic "torque thrust" design, in black, as well as exclusive Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green paint colours and Bullitt badges.

Ford went a little Back to the Future at the Detroit motor show: a nod to its past with the reveal of the limited-edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, built to honour the original 1968 halo 'Stang and that wonderful auto chase. Two 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the film. One was sold by Warner Bros., to a private buyer, and the other went to a salvage yard.

This Bullitt has 12 inches size digital gauge cluster featuring a special welcome screen (an image of Bullitt Mustang) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Mustang fans who consider purchasing the auto can add the Bullitt Electronics Package, MagneRide suspension, and black Recaro leather-trimmed seats. Upgrade comes from a new open-air induction system and an 87mm throttle body which works with a Shelby GT350 intake manifold. There's also an uprated active valve performance exhaust system, said to give the Mustang its "signature burble". The new vehicle launching in 2019 will be twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.

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Outback there is Black NitroPlate™ exhaust tips and a Bullitt logo on the circular faux gas cap. Ford unveiled the vehicle with none other than Steve McQueen's granddaughter, Molly, who appeared in the original 1968 Mustang that was driven by the man himself. It was only after the movie was released that enthusiasts started creating their own versions of Frank Bullitt's auto. The latter, used in numerous jump scenes, was recovered in early 2017, the other was inherited by Sean Kiernan from his late father, Robert, in 2014, and he contacted Ford.

Ford quickly picked up on this trend, and in 2001, created its own version of the Mustang Bullitt.

Inside, Recaro racing seats are available as an optional extra along with adaptive dampers and an electronics package that adds sat-nav, driver memory seats and mirrors, blind spot monitoring and an uprated sound system.

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