50 years ago, the movie Bullitt made its way onto the big screen and forever changed the way Hollywood filmed car chases. Often regarded as the best movie car chase of all-time, the 12-minute scene took viewers through the streets of San Francisco with Steve McQueen behind the wheel of the now legendary, 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The chase had no need for a soundtrack or even dialogue, just the raw sound of the powerful V8 motor and tires screeching on the pavement, all of which helped cement the Mustang into cinematic history.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film, Ford has released an all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The limited-edition Bullitt receives a performance upgrade over the latest Mustang GT giving the 5.0-liter V8 engine 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque with a top speed of 163 miles per hour.
We had a chance to put the Bullitt through its paces on the very same streets that McQueen drove in the 1968 film. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching, the car ripped through the roads on our way into the downtown San Francisco. One nice detail is the white cue ball shift knob that pays homage to the original gear shifter.
With its active valve performance exhaust with stealth black NitroPlate exhaust tips, a new open-air induction system, and Shelby GT350 intake manifold, the engine roars with pride as you hit the throttle. The vehicle is equipped with a Quiet mode for those who would like to be a bit more discreet. The suspension can be stiffened with the car's track mode setting, which felt smooth through the corners as we drove through the hills of the Bay Area.
As a hat tip to the original Mustang Bullitt, Ford elected to offer the vehicle in two colors: Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green, as seen in the movie. Other details of this limited edition version include a black honeycomb grille, vintage-inspired five spoke 19-inch wheels, and Brembo brakes with red calipers. The vehicle has also been debadged with the only branding featuring the circular Bullitt decklid emblem, Bullitt door sills, and Bullitt branding on the strut tower brace.
Inside the cockpit, there are a few subtle touches that add to the Bullitt theme such as the Bullitt welcome screen and contrasting Dark Highland Green stitching can be found throughout the cabin. For those looking to get a bit more of the race car feel and support, optional Recaro seats are available as well as a MagneRide semi-active suspension system. Additional options include a Bullitt Electronics Package with navigation, a B&O PLAY premium sound system, and a Blind Spot Information System.
The Bullitt is about $7,000 more than the Mustang GT and starts at $46,595. The additional power, movie-inspired paint, and a whole host of subtle details definitely make it a worthy edition for both fans of the film and the car.
From $46,595, ford.com