It’s one of the most epic car chases in movie history. Almost 10 minutes long, the iconic sequence in the Warner Bros. film “Bullitt” follows Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Mustang GT fastback as he chases two hitmen – in their 1968 Dodge Charger – through the streets of San Francisco. Offered in a choice of Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt pays homage to that famous car. And, after a successful unveiling for the US market, Ford has now unveiled it for the European Market, set to go into production in June.
The Bullitt’s 5.0-litre V8 engine is enhanced with an Open Air Induction System, and intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration from the Shelby Mustang GT350. Ford’s new rev-matching technology delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the engine, and an active valve performance exhaust system enhances the V8’s signature burble.
Exterior styling features include 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels, red Brembo brake callipers and a faux Bullitt fuel-filler cap. Step inside and you are greeted by large, body-hugging Recaro sports seats. To showcase these cars as special editions, each Mustang Bullitt will have an individually numbered plaque in place of the traditional Mustang emblem on the passenger-side dashboard. As a nod to the original car’s interior, the gear shifter features a white cue ball gearshift knob.
In-car technology includes Ford’s 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and the premium B&O PLAY audio system delivering 1,000 watts through 12 high-performance speakers, to create a rich audio experience for all occupants.
“Our special edition new Ford Mustang Bullitt evokes a unique heritage we’re proud to share with the McQueen family, and are excited to offer for customers in Europe for the first time,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company.
“Nothing captured the spirit and excitement of Mustang quite like that amazing car chase in ‘Bullitt ’,” Armstrong said. “The new Mustang Bullitt will pack a similar punch when it goes on sale this year with more power, exciting new features like rev-matching and B&O PLAY audio, and – just like Steve McQueen – dripping with understated cool.”