- Limited numbers in 2019, but V8 still packs 360kW
- Dark green exterior paint, and ‘subtle’ chromed accents
- Digital 30cm LCD instruments – want Recaro seats?
PRETORIA, Gauteng – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie ‘Bullitt’ and the Ford Mustangs used in its making Ford has created the Mustang Bullitt special model.
It’s been booked for sales in South Africa from early 2019 but in strictly limited numbers.
The limited-edition has a performance-tuned five-litre V8 capable of 480 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 260km/h – slightly faster than the current Mustang GT. Most of the changes are in equipment and colour.
The V8 delivers to the road through a six-speed manual transmission with rev matching, chosen through a gear-shifter with a white cue-ball shifter – just like the original movie car.
”The Bullitt,” Ford says, ”combines elements of the Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package into a sport car that maintains the original Bullitt’s understated persona.”
An active-valve performance exhaust is standard, ending in new black NitroPlateT exhaust tips and retuned to give the car its signature burble.
A new open-air induction system and Shelby GT350 intake manifold contribute to the car’s performance.
‘IT DOESN’T NEED TO SHOUT’
Other standard equipment includes a heatable and leather-clad steering-wheel and 30cm digital instrument cluster identical to that introduced on the 2018 Mustang but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts with an image of the car rather than the standard pony.
Darrell Behmer, the Mustang’s chief desiger, told The Corner: “This new Bullitt is my favorite Mustang. With zero stripes, spoilers or badges, it doesn’t need to shout.
”It’s just cool, like Steve McQueen.”
Exterior paint choices are limited to black or dark green – the latter as used in the 1968 movie.
Other features recalling McQueen’s car are subtle chromed accents around a black honeycomb grille and side windows, classic five-spoked 19” aluminum wheel rims and red Brembo brake calipers.
There is minimal badging, inside or out, and circular Bullitt logo on the boot lid.
The cabin is leather-trimmed interior, with green accent stitching, on the dashboard, door panels, centre console and seats.
Carl Widmann, Mustang’s chief engineer, explained: “There are certain things we absolutely must have when making a Mustang Bullitt. It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a Mustang GT.
”More than anything, it has to be bad-ass.”
South African pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to local introduction.