The 2018 Bullitt Mustang – Svelte, Stealth and the Coolest
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt”. The limited Edition Bullitt Mustang is the coolest ever!
The Bullitt Mustang is back just like the 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT and Highland Green 2008 Ford Mustang. Unlike the past commemorative version of the car chase movie in the streets of San Francisco, The Bullitt, this time I just simply want one! New version salutes 1968 movie car with effortlessly cool appearance, available classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint, and subtle chrome accents.
This is the third arrival of the Steve McQueen’s Bullitt franchise Mustang. Interestingly this time at 2018 NAIAS this 50th movie anniversary was introduced by the Steve McQueen’s third generation offspring, the granddaughter Molly McQueen. Ford also made a little movie of the new Bullit Mustang and Dodge Charger in parking spot challenge, starring Molly driving the Bullitt.
Just like always this is going to be a special-edition in limited numbers due out this summer as a 2019 model. The all-new Bullitt Mustang is based on a refreshed 2018 Mustang GT model and is heavily revised to treat its owner as the real driving car with Steve’s spirit. Bullitt Mustang equipped with a manual transmission and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original. The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt’s understated persona.
The New limited-edition Mustang Bullitt features retuned 5.0-liter V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 163 mph An active valve performance exhaust system is standard with new Black NitroPlate exhaust tips and re-tuned to give the car a signature burble, as well as new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration for optimal performance.
Exterior paint choices are limited to Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green – as worn in the movie. Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted Brembo brakes, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center is visible on the exterior.
The leather-trimmed interior features unique green accent stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats. Aside from the two exterior paint choices, Mustang Bullitt buyers are limited to three factory-installed options:
- Bullitt Electronics Package includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.
- MagneRide semi-active suspension system optimizes driving performance
- Recaro black leather-trimmed seats with green accents to match the exterior color.
Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on 2018 Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony.
The all-new 2018 Bullitt Mustang will be available in the summers of 2018 as a 2019 model year car!
The History of the Original
Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” that debuted in theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. After filming, the cars went their separate ways: the hero vehicle driven by McQueen in the movie was sold by Warner Bros. to a private buyer, and the other – used in many of the jumps during the famous chase scene – was sent to a salvage yard. That jumper vehicle resurfaced in Baja, California, in early 2017, but the other was lost to history. Until now.
Sean Kiernan, the owner of the hero vehicle, inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974. To fulfill his family’s lifelong dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car alongside the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.