2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

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The limited edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film. Bullitt starred Steve McQueen alongside a 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback that stole the show. His granddaughter, Molly McQueen, introduced the 2019 tribute to the iconic car.

The Mustang Bullitt has a specially tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine with 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 163 mph, which is 8mph faster than the current Mustang GT. It features a manual transmission with a cue ball shift knob, just like the one driven by McQueen.

It has all the Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package equipment along with an active valve performance exhaust tuned to give it a unique sound, new open air induction system, and Shelby GT350 intake manifold. Color choices are either Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green if you want to look exactly like the original.

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Standard features include a heated leather steering wheel and 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster. It’s the same as what you’ll find in the 2018 Mustang, but with one change. Instead of the pony displaying on your screen during startup, there’s an image of the car instead.

Designers didn’t go crazy adding details to make the Mustang Bullitt stand out. It’s all very subtle because they wanted it to be cool, just like Steve McQueen. They added chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted Brembo brakes, and a black front grille. There’s minimal badging with only the round fake gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear.

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There are only three options available starting with a Bullitt Electronics Package. This adds navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, an upgraded sound system, and blind spot information with cross-traffic alert. Your other two choices are a MagneRide semi-active suspension system and Recaro black leather-trimmed seats with green accent stitching.

Ford has some fun with the marketing on this one. They partnered up with Sean Kiernan, owner of one of two Mustangs used in the film, and brought it out on stage at the new Mustang Bullitt’s debut. They also recreated the legendary car chase with modern cars, a slightly different scenario, and McQueen’s granddaughter at the wheel.

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is due out this summer. Pricing and production run have not been announced.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin