Updated 24/06/2018: Confirmation of a 2018 Australian release, updated engine specs and a new video of the green machine in action. Arriving October ’18.
50 years ago, Hollywood’s foremost action star Steve McQueen got behind the wheel of a muscle-bound, dark green Ford Mustang 390 GT to hunt down a notorious kingpin. The movie was Bullitt, and it remains a landmark in high octane cinema to this day.
For its 50th anniversary, Ford is bringing back the speedy car and giving it all sorts of modern upgrades. Indeed, driving the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition might be the next best thing to being Steve McQueen at the height of his fame. Well, maybe not the next best thing. Okay fine, it’s not even close, but this is still one heck of a sweet ride.
From the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, expect GT Premium Content, a slew of specs from the GT Performance Package, a digital instrument cluster and an active valve performance exhaust with black NitroPlate finish among other things. On the Dark Highland Green exterior is a menacing front grille and subtle chrome aspects, both nods to the original 390 GT model. For those who want to mix things up, the car is also available in Shadow Black.
Additional upgrades include Brembo six-piston front brakes, a rear anti-roll bar and a larger radiator. Under the hood is a 5.0-litre V8 engine that delivers 475 hp and can reach top speeds of 270 km/h. That speed and horsepower, by the way, represents a modest increase over the standard Mustang GT, hence the larger radiator for extra cooling.
Update: The Ford Mustang is offered in both Fastback and Convertible body styles in Australia, with a choice of 2.3-litre EcoBoost or 5.0-litre V8 engines.
Inside the car you’ll find a leather interior with green accent stitching, a cue-ball shift level and the word “Bullitt” embedded in the middle of the steering wheel. It’s all intended to conjure associations with the original model. Meanwhile, the 12″ digital cluster is strictly contemporary, but we don’t foresee any owners complaining.
Fun fact: the #001 model fetched 300k at a charity auction. Naturally, the official release will cost far less. Ford is expecting the 2019 GT Mustang Bullitt to be available in Europe and the U.S. starting midyear.
Update: We’re more than a month out since Ford first unveiled its Bullitt and today we can confirm that the green machine will, in fact, be arriving on Australian shores in 2018. There’s still no time frame, just a big fat YES! Which is far better than not knowing at all.
Update: To help ease the wait, we’ve included a new video below of the Bullitt in action. It features Madison and Chase McQueen, grandchildren of the Hollywood legend escaping an Alpine paparazzo.