New Bullitt Mustang proves that retro ain't dead

17 January, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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The new Mustang keeps the current 5.0-liter V8 but output is bumped to "at least 475 hp", according to Ford, and 420 lb-ft.

The Bullitt Mustang did not miss its traditional color and wheel design - a dark green paint and black mag wheels; though an option for Shadow Black paint is also available for buyers.

The new Bullitt auto comes as the classic film starring Steve McQueen celebrates its 50th birthday.

The green paint, the wheels, the functional yet elegant leather interior, it all speaks to that understated cool that Steve McQueen had in spades and is why the auto itself has become just as iconic. The other vehicle, which was used in many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard. A MagneRide semi-active suspension system and Recaro black leather-trimmed are the final two factory-installed options. This comes courtesy of a new induction system, 87mm throttle bodies and the intake manifold from the Shelby GT350.

As a special-edition model due out this summer - the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.

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It was probably one of the worst-kept secrets of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but Ford has now made its 2018 Mustang Bullitt official, revealing the tribute vehicle 50 years after the iconic Steve McQueen film from which its name is derived.

Although the special edition is only available in the United States, British customers can still enjoy the spirit of the Bullitt Mustang in the V8 Mustang, which is now on sale in the UK from £41,095. The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt's understated persona.

If you are unable to hide your grey hair anymore, chances are you are familiar with the movie Bullitt. During the launch event, fans were able to see another film featuring Molly when she was introduced to the Bullitt Mustang.

The current owner is Sean Kiernan, whose father Robert Kiernan, Jr. purchased the vehicle in 1974 after spotting an ad for a '68 Mustang "Bullett" auto. "It just kind happened with life". The model that was showcased was driven onto the stage by Molly McQueen, granddaughter of Steve McQueen.

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