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Ford has decided not to keep the new Mustang Bullitt as a U.S.-only affair as the special edition celebrating the movie’s 50th anniversary will be sold in Europe as well. Based on the GT version, the tricked-out ‘Stang gets the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine, but instead of developing 475 horsepower like it does in the United States, it generates a slightly lower 457 hp. It’s the same story with torque, at 390 lb-ft (529 Nm) for the Euro model whereas the American version packs 420 lb-ft (569 Nm). Still, some folks are certainly glad the retro-flavored Mustang will be sold on the old continent.
Buyers will get to pick between Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black body paints to go with those 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels backed by red brake calipers. A faux Bullitt fuel filler cap also comes as standard, as do the chrome accents around the blacked-out front grille. Ford has taken the less is more approach as you’ll find very few badges, with only the Bullitt logo visible on the outside.
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Stepping inside the cabin, the limited-edition pony car comes nicely equipped with a Bang & Olufsen sound system packing 1,000 watts of audio power and a dozen of speakers. Other goodies include a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a lovely gear shifter for the six-speed manual with a white cue ball gearshift knob. By the way, the gearbox benefits from rev-matching technology. Customers willing to spend more can replace the standard seats that come with green stitching with Recaro sports seats clad in black leather.
Debuting in its green metal today at the Geneva Motor Show, the Euro-spec Ford Mustang Bullitt will go into production from June and will be in the hands of customers in the second half of 2018.
Gallery: Ford Mustang Bullitt Euro Spec at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
NEW FORD MUSTANG BULLITT FOR EUROPE SALUTES SILVER SCREEN LEGEND WITH MORE POWER AND UNIQUE MOVIE-INSPIRED STYLING
- New Ford Mustang Bullitt makes European debut at Geneva Motor Show. Special edition model celebrating famous film’s 50th anniversary begins production for Europe in June
- Available in Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green, Mustang Bullitt is powered by an uprated 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque
- New rev-matching technology to deliver smoother gear-changes and sporty V8 “blip” during Mustang Bullitt downshifts. Premium 1000 watt B&O PLAY sound system also features
COLOGNE, Germany, March 5, 2018 – It’s one of the most epic car chases in movie history.
Almost 10 minutes long, the iconic sequence in the Warner Bros. film “Bullitt” follows Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Mustang GT fastback as he chases two hitmen through the streets of San Francisco.
The new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt – celebrating the 50th anniversary the legendary film – today made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Following a global public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year, the new Mustang Bullitt will go into production for European customers in June.
Mustang Bullitt is powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced with an Open Air Induction System, and intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration from the Shelby Mustang GT350, to deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque.
Offered with a choice of Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green exterior colours, the Mustang Bullitt will feature 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels, red Brembo™ brake callipers and a faux Bullitt fuel-filler cap.
The interior will deliver Ford’s 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and will offer Recaro sports seats. Interior seat-, centre console- and instrument panel-stitching will reflect the exterior colour choice, and each Mustang Bullitt will feature an individually numbered plaque in place of the traditional Mustang emblem on the passenger-side dashboard.
The new Ford Mustang Bullitt will also feature as standard Ford’s new rev-matching technology that delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine, and premium B&O PLAY audio system that delivers 1000 watts through 12 high-performance speakers.
“Nothing captured the spirit and excitement of Mustang quite like that amazing car chase in ‘Bullitt’,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “The new Mustang Bullitt will pack a similar punch when it goes on sale this year with more power, exciting new features like rev-matching and B&O PLAY audio, and – just like Steve McQueen – dripping with understated cool.”
Ford enlisted the support of third-generation members of the McQueen family, Chase and Madison, to unveil the new Mustang Bullitt in Europe. Steve McQueen’s grandchildren – supported by their father, Chad McQueen – starred in their own car-chase scene set in the Swiss Alps surrounding Geneva, a homage to the iconic “Bullitt” chase-scene that still resonates with movie fans today.
“At home we're surrounded by memorabilia and reminders of our grandfather's role in ‘Bullitt’, and we've watched the film more times than I can remember, so to be part of launching the third-generation Mustang Bullitt here in Europe has been a special experience,” said Chase McQueen.
“Our dad, Chad, taught us to drive in Fords along the Californian coastal roads, so it’s been amazing working alongside him and this new car. We were over the moon that Ford and the Steve McQueen estate were recently able to donate the first new Mustang Bullitt VIN 001 for auction, raising $300,000 for charity," said Madison McQueen.
Special edition Mustang BULLITT
The new Ford Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the legendary Mustang GT fastback that featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie of the same name.
The third-generation Mustang Bullitt follows in the footsteps of previous special edition Bullitt models in 2001 and 2008, which also offered more powerful engines, Torq Thrust-style wheels, unique styling cues and limited exterior paint choices including Dark Highland Green.
The new Mustang Bullitt will feature a six-speed manual transmission equipped with Ford’s new rev-matching technology, which uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver downshifts – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected for smooth, seamless gear-changes.
Delivering 1000 watts of audio power through 12-high performance speakers, the standard B&O PLAY premium audio system will deliver a rich audio experience for occupants whichever seat they occupy. The system features a dual-voice coil subwoofer for deep, crisp bass and high-performance three-way front door speakers for even sound distribution throughout the cabin.
Further standard interior equipment includes a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on the all-new Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony. As a nod to the original car’s interior, the gear shifter features a white cue ball gearshift knob.
In addition to the standard seats that feature green stitching and a driver’s seat memory function, Mustang Bullitt customers can opt for black leather-trimmed Recaro® sports seats.
Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux fuel-filler cap Bullitt logo on the rear centre is visible on the exterior.
“This new Bullitt is my favourite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”
Driver assistance technologies include and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert that can alert customers of vehicles detected in difficult-to-see places.
Ford’s sophisticated MagneRide adjustable suspension system is also offered, and uses an electronically stimulated fluid inside the damper to respond in real time to changing road conditions, optimising handling without sacrificing ride comfort. An active valve performance exhaust system is standard, enhancing the V8 engine’s signature burble.
Deliveries of the new Ford Mustang for customers in Europe will begin later this year.