Fifty years ago, the iconic Steve McQueen flick Bullitt first premiered in cinemas all over the world. Apart from McQueen, the star of the movie was a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback finished in Highland Green. Now fifty years after the movie debuted, Ford has introduced a new special edition Mustang also called the Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
The special edition Bullitt Mustang is based off a 2018 Mustang GT. It does however get some special features and upgrades that herald back to the original movie star. For starters, there is the paint. It is finished in the same shade of green as the car driven by McQueen. Owners can also opt to choose Shadow Black.
To give it a cleaner look, it is also void of any exterior decals apart from the crosshair Bullitt gascap at the rear. There are also subtle chrome accents found on the grill and window and 19-inch Torque Thrust wheels in order to pay homage to the original Bullit Mustang.
Under the hood, Ford has also made tweaks to the engine. It still uses the same 5.0-liter V8 ast the GT but it now produces 'at least 475PS'. Upgrade comes from a new open-air induction system and an 87mm throttle body which works with a Shelby GT350 intake manifold. Given how Ford only said 'at least 475 PS', it could undergo more tuning and push out more once deliveries begin.
Inside, the Bullitt can be had with a Bullitt Electronics Package which adds navigation, memory seats and an upgraded sound system. Owners can also opt to have the MagneRide semi-active suspension and Recaro seats with green stitching. To know that the car is not just any regular Mustang, the steering wheel has the Bullitt logo and the shift knob is a Q-ball.
At the show, it was revealed together with the original 1968 Mustang Steve McQueen drove in the movie.