Mustang Bullitt: The deserved tribute to a great movie

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During the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Ford introduced the Mustang bullitt. It is a limited edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt“, The classic film starring Steve McQueen.

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt features an improved 8-liter V5.0 engine with at least 475 hp and 569 Nm of torque, bringing it to a top speed of 262 km / h.

El Original 1968 Mustang GT fastback driving McQueen in the award-winning film has also been on the Ford stage at NAIAS, ending 40 years of mystery about the car's whereabouts.

The New Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission and the gearshift features a white ball-shaped gear lever as a nod to the original model. It also includes an active valve exhaust system as standard, and has been prepared to give the model a characteristic bubbling.

Other standard equipment includes a 12-inch all-digital instrument panel, identical in function to that fitted on the new Mustang that goes on sale across Europe later this year, but with an exclusive welcome screen for the starting Bullitt. in green with an image of the car instead of the iconic pony.

Mustang bullitt

Exterior color options are limited to Shadow Black and classic Highland Dark Green, just like in the movie. Other details that pay tribute to the car driven by McQueen are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows and classic 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The car minimizes the presence of emblems both inside and outside. Only the fake tank cap with the Bullitt logo on the center rear can be seen from the outside.

Two identical Mustang GT fastbacks were used for the filming of "Bullitt," released in theaters on October 17, 1968. After filming ended, both cars went their separate ways: the vehicle driven by McQueen was sold by Warner Bros to a private buyer. The other, used in much of the jumps, including the famous chase scene, was sent to a scrapyard. That unit appeared in Baja California, at the beginning of 2017, but the other one had been lost. Until today.

Sean Kiernan, the owner of the car, inherited it in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased it in 1974. To fulfill his family's dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to introduce Ford. true movie star alongside the new Mustang Bullitt.

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