The Ford Mustang has had many exciting on-screen moments, but none have matched the excitement and cultural staying power of Steve McQueen literally flying through the streets of San Francisco in his dark Highland Green Mustang in the 1968 movie Bullitt. 50 years later and that car chase may be one of the most iconic chase scenes of all time — almost as iconic as the Ford Mustang itself. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film, Ford and Team Ford present the 2019 Mustang Bullitt.
The exterior of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the film’s version with a choice of two colours, Shadow Black, or the Highland Green found on the movie’s star (no disrespect to Steve McQueen). The pony badges have been stripped, and the chrome details have been added to the grille and side windows, and the fuel filler cap badging on the rear has been replaced with a Bullitt logo. The 2019 Bullitt will be available as a fastback only, and the rumble from the engine will play out from dual Black NitroPlate exhaust tips. 19-inch, five spoke Torque Thrust design wheels will round out the exterior look of the aggressive and muscular ride.
The interior of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt will be luxuriously appointed, with black leather trim and optional black leather Recaro front seats. That beautiful Highland Green from the exterior finds its way around the dashboard, doors, centre console, and seats, in the form of the interior stitching. The 2019 version differs from the 1968 in the sense that the analog dash has been replaced by a fully customizable 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, whose pony has been replaced by an image of the Bullitt Mustang — but its six-speed manual transmission shares the white cue ball shifter found on the 1968 version. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt’s heritage is completely recognizable, while still maintaining a modern spin on Ford’s most iconic car.
It would be a bit shallow to only talk about the looks of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, when there is so much substance under the hood. The 2019 Bullitt combines the GT Premium and Performance packages, resulting in a retuned 5.0-litre V8 that will produce at least 475 hp (an increase of 15 hp from the 2018 GT) for a top speed of 262 km/h. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is equipped with an Open Air Induction System running through a Shelby GT350 intake manifold, an active valve performance system, Torsen limited-slip differential, and the stopping power of six-piston Brembo front brakes. The Bullitt’s suspension mimics the 1968’s aggressive look, albeit for different reasons. The original needed a higher, stiffer ride for the stunts, as well as hauling around the gear for filming. The 2019 version gets Ford’s MagneRide semi-active suspension system, which scans the road for changing conditions and continually adjusts the magnetically controlled dampers for unparalleled performance.
Built at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, near Detroit, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt comes standard with the same equipment you’d find on the GT; Dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, rear parking sensors, Ford’s SYNC3® multimedia system, and more. The optional Bullitt Electronics Package, includes navigation, driver’s seat memory, Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as an upgraded interior audio — although with the rumble that the 2019 Mustang Bullitt produces, you may want to listen to the audio of the engine rather than the radio.
This is the third time Ford has revived the Bullitt look, following versions in 2001 and 2008, but it is easily the best of the three. It will be produced in limited numbers, so come by Team Ford today to find out how you can get behind the wheel of this iconic car — Steve McQueen cool and turtleneck not included.