Ford Mustang Bullitt jumps off the screen and into our hearts

Ford Mustang Bullitt jumps off the screen and into our hearts

At Sunday's North American International Auto Show press conference, Ford revealed the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, a highly anticipated model for the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt and the epic vehicle chase that inspired it.

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

More powerful than a regular Mustang GT, the special edition is de-badged just like the movie auto. Thanks to the upgrades the new Bullitt has a top speed of 163 miles per hour - an 8 miles per hour increase versus the Mustang GT.

Together that should be enough for a top speed of 163 miles per hour which, if you're keeping track, is an all-important 8 miles per hour faster than the Mustang GT the Bullitt Edition is based on. The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt's understated persona. They're retuned to give the auto its signature burble, while there's an Open Air Induction System and the intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies from the Shelby GT350. Inside, the standard interior features green stitching on the dashboard, door panels, centre console and seats, which can be optionally upgraded to Recaros.

The '19 Bullitt comes with the same 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster introduced in the 2018 Ford Mustang, but instead of lighting up the image of a pony on the welcome screen, it starts in green with the image of the vehicle. It featured not only the Mustang Bullitt, but also the black Dodge Charger adversary, and even a green Volkswagen Beetle for authenticity.

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Headlining the special model is the Dark Highland Green exterior paint, special 19-inch "torque thrust" alloy wheels, unique "Bullitt" badging inside and out, red-painted Brembo brakes, a unique front grille, along with lashings of chrome and minimal exterior badging.

Ford will be offering only three options on the vehicle. Buyers can choose to add black Recaro leather-trimmed seats, MagneRide suspension and the Bullitt Electronics Package, which includes navigation, memory settings for the seats and mirrors, upgraded audio system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.

Also standard is the active exhaust, optional on regular 2018 Mustangs, with black tips, which combined with the revised intake system should give the Bullitt a voice worthy of the iconic original.

Bringing the new auto out on stage was someone with a vested interest in Ford getting the Bullitt right. "Secondly, it was badass".

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