Buckle Up As We Re-Trace The Chase In San Francisco With A 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
We’ve been aching to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition ever since it was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Seeing the new car up on that big stage, sitting alongside the original ’68 Mustang GT 390 used in the making of the film, both presented by Steve McQueen’s granddaughter Molly, was a heady sight for any Mustanger. It was also a dream come true for every Bullitteer, who has long wondered the story of where chassis “559” the “beauty” or “hero” car from the 1968 production of Bullitt had been hiding all these decades. Seeing it, in such deeply original condition yet alive and well, up on stage next to Ford’s third special Mustang Bullitt edition model, confirmed that the legend of Bullitt, and enthusiasm for Mustang, is in fact as strong as ever.
As you know, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt edition package is much more than just a Highland Green Metallic paint job on a Mustang GT. The new Mustang Bullitt builds upon the goodness that is the 2019 Mustang GT, retaining the 5.0-liter DOHC TI-VCT V-8 but cranking up the horsepower from 460 to 480, with torque unchanged at 420 pounds-feet at 4,600 rpm. The only transmission offered (or needed) is the slick-shifting 6-speed manual with the innovative Rev Matching feature, and including a white shifter ball inside in recognition of the white shifter ball atop the Hurst 4-speed stick in the movie car.