Its fifty years since Steve McQueen playing as Frank Bullitt delighted gearhead enthusiasts as he chased a Dodge Charger while driving a Dark Highland Green Mustang in the 1968 movie “Bullitt”. To mark this occasion, Ford has released a third edition, 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The new model is the most powerful Bullitt Mustang yet. The Mustang Bullitt will arrive in the summer in time to mark the movie’s 50th anniversary. The first edition of the Mustang Bullitt was released in 2001 and the second edition in 2008. The Dark Highland Green Mustang GT390 gained fame as the chase in the movie is among the best car chases in the history of cinema. Ford called up Steve McQueen’s granddaughter, Molly McQueen to unveil the model. In addition to the third-gen Mustang Bullitt, one of the original two Mustang GT390 models that were actually driven in the movie was also showcased at the Detroit Auto Show.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Exterior and interior styling
The GT Premium trim is used as the base model for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The Performance package which is optional for standard Mustang GTs is a standard feature here. The Bullitt features all the comfort and convenience features of the GT Premium trim. Other awesome features you will find on the Bullitt include a distinctive splitter at the front and a unique rear spoiler, Brembo brakes for bringing the Bullitt monster into a halt, heavy duty springs at the front, a sway bar (thicker than on standard Mustang GTs), a K-brace and strut tower brace, a larger radiator and a Torsen differential that has a 3.7 gear ratio. The gauge panel and gauge pack are finished in aluminum. Stability control and ABS settings are a little loose than on standard Mustang GTs.
A 12-inch fully digital gauge cluster is standard; it features a unique welcome screen that displays an image of the original Bullitt Mustang. The steering wheel is heated and wrapped in leather. The dash, center console, seats and door panels have a green contrast stitching. Only three features are optional, they are black Recaro front seats, a special Electronic package, and MagneRide magnetorheological dampers. The electronic package features a navigation system, blind-spot monitors, memory settings for the mirrors and driver’s seat as well as a premium audio system.
The Mustang Bullitt can be had in the original Dark Highland Green paint finish or in a Shadow Black finish. The Bullitt rides on 19-inch wheels.
Engine and performance
Under the hood of the Mustang Bullitt is a revised 5.0 L, Coyote V-8 that churns out 475 hp (15 hp more than the base Mustang GT) and 420 lb-ft of torque. Due to the extra power, the Mustang Bullitt can reach 163 mph compared to base Mustang GT’s top speed of 155 mph. The engine mates to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a cue ball shifter to enable drivers to get hands-on just like McQueen did on that movie scene.
The model is also equipped with an active valve exhaust system including Nitroplate exhaust tips with a black finish to enhance its performance and get out its distinctive exhaust note. Its intake manifold is borrowed from the GT350; the system has larger throttle bodies and a new open airbox calibration for the engine’s control module. The open airbox was necessary because the Bullitt has a different hood than that of the GT350.
Price and release date
Deliveries of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt will begin this summer but Ford has not announced the model’s price or how many will be produced. In 2009, Ford produced 3,000 units; the automaker may decide to produce a similar number this time around.