Mustang Comes to Detroit With a Bullitt

Mustang Comes to Detroit With a Bullitt

Mustang Comes to Detroit With a Bullitt

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.

"This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool", said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. It features a six-speed manual with a white cue-ball shifter as its only transmission - automatic buyers need not apply.

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. After a brief rundown of the tribute car's particulars, another short film was shown in which Molly was introduced to the actual Bullitt Mustang, a 1968 Mustang Fastback with a 390 cubic-inch engine and a four-speed manual gearbox. "As a designer, it's my favorite Mustang-devoid of stripes, spoilers, and badges". In addition to being offered in the same Highland Green color as the original vehicle driven by Steve McQueen in the movie, the latest iteration will have a pumped-up version of the standard GT's 5.0-liter V8, which will make at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Eagle-eyed McQueen fans will also note the lack of badging on the new 'Stang - just like the King of Cool's 1968 ride. "Other nice upgrades include a 12" HD instrument cluster along with Recaro seats finished in black leather & green stitching.

An active valve performance exhaust is standard with NitroPlate tailpipe tips that give it that signature V8 exhaust burble.

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The new 'Stang isn't holding back, although you can get in the "Dark Highland Green" paint job that McQueen's Mustang sported.

"When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have", said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer.

The whereabouts of the two vehicles used in the making of Bullitt had been a mystery; the hero vehicle driven by McQueen in the movie was sold by Warner Bros to a private buyer, and the other - used in numerous jumps during the famous chase scene - was sent to a salvage yard. That jumper vehicle resurfaced in Baja, California, in early 2017, but the other was lost to history. Also at the 2018 Detroit auto show is the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, based on the refreshed 2018 Mustang with some very interesting changes.

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