Ford Mustang Bullitt rocks Detroit with Molly McQueen

16 January, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Of the 40 electrified vehicles Ford plans for its global lineup by 2022 16 will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids

The Bullitt comes with Ford's potent 5.0L DOHC V-8, putting out at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with a revised top speed of 163 miles per hour.

Ford will mark the 50 anniversary of the iconic Bullitt movie by reintroducing a special edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt model later this summer.

"This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool", Darrell Behmer, chief designer of the Mustang, said in a statement. The vehicle will come equipped with a manual transmission and a gear shifter that features a white cue ball shift knob in a nod to the original. In addition to being offered in the same Highland Green color as the original auto 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.

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

To honor the original Mustang from Bullitt, the new 2019MY vehicle is painted in the same shade of Dark Highland Green and receives a number of chrome accents, 19-inch wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, and a bespoke front grille, together with an upgraded 5.0L V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb. -ft. of torque, and a bespoke exhaust with a signature sound. "It doesn't need to scream about anything-it's just cool". There's subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic 5-spoke alloy wheels, red-painted Brembo brake calipers and a black grille.

The Mustang GT fastback played a prominent role in Bullitt, notably the almost 10-minute-long sequence that followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco.

Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie "Bullitt" that debuted in theaters on October 17, 1968.

After shooting wrapped, Warner Bros. sold the hero vehicle that McQueen drove in "Bullitt" to a private collector.

Exterior paint choices are Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green - as worn in the movie. 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.

"You know, it was never our intention to keep this auto a secret from everybody", Sean said. "It just kind of happened with life".

The 2018 Bullitt Mustang differs from a standard GT in some other ways, as well.

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