The return of the Mustang Bullitt. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt, Ford released this new special-edition Mustang. This car is to commemorate the iconic ’68 Mustang GT 390 that was featured in the movie. This will be the third Bullitt-edition car Ford has released, previous ones being in 2001 and 2008. The very first Bullitt was auctioned off for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. All that money will go to the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California. This is a charitable school that helps troubled youths and have improved the lives of over 30,000 troubled kids. One of those kids was movie star Steve McQueen.
Onto the technical specs, the car features a tuned 5.0 liter V8 which produces 475 hp and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque. Its top speed is 163 mph (262 km/h), topping the latest Mustang GT’s top speed by 12 km/h. The car comes equipped with a GT350 intake manifold, a new cold air intake system, and a new power-train control module calibration to give the car extra performance. To add on, the car features an active valve exhaust system which comes with new Black NitroPlate exhaust tips, this car most definitely might wake your neighbors. And with any Bullitt-edition car, it comes standard with a manual transmission. Equipped with a 6-speed MT82 manual transmission and a white cue ball shift knob at the top of the gear shifter to give it that classic feel.
The exterior paint choices are limited to only two options, the classic Dark Highland Green which was the original color of the 68′ Mustang GT 390’s and the launch color of the car – and Shadow Black. Inside the car, a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster which lights up a unique welcome screen when the car starts up. Its leather-trimmed interior has green stitching on the dash, door panels, center console, and the seats.
To quote Mustang chief engineer Carl Widmann, “When making a Bullitt, there are certain things is absolutely must have. It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a Mustang GT, and more than anything, it has to be bad ass.” And by the looks of it, Ford seems to have gotten is right.