2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt tackles Goodwood with original film car
Special edition Mustang pays homage to film’s most famous Pony Car. It’s limited-run, boosted in power, and now over here at Goodwood with its dad
Ford has confirmed that the 475bhp Mustang Bullitt will go on sale in the UK, with deliveries expected in September. The first car to reach the UK, however, was shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was demonstrated alongside its inspiration – the original Mustang from the Bullitt movie.
Prices start from £47,145 for the special edition muscle car. This price puts the Bullitt just under £6000 more expensive than the regular 5.0-litre Mustang GT, with additional equipment including Recaro seats, upholstery finished with green stitching, an 8-ball gearknob and the Bullitt Electronics Package, which adds sat-nav, a premium sound system, blind spot monitor and cross-traffic alert, as well as driver memory seats and mirrors. Each car will have a unique chassis number plaque on the interior.
First revealed at the Detroit motor show in January and since shown at the Geneva motor show and Festival of Speed, this latest iteration of its Mustang Bullitt is the third to pay tribute to the car that appeared in the movie Bullitt on the famous film’s 50th anniversary – the first came in the Mustang’s fourth generation in 2001, and then again in 2008 for the fifth-generation Mustang, regarded as a reinvention of the model.
Based on the 5.0-litre Mustang, the Bullitt gets 458bhp and 388lb ft – 14bhp more than the standard Mustang’s 444bhp, but 17bhp down on the 475bhp US-spec car.
The US-spec car gets 35bhp more than the standard Mustang thanks to the use of an upgraded induction system, intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration listed straight from the 526bhp Shelby GT350. The top speed is also increased for the US car over the regular 5.0-litre Mustang’s 155mph, to 168mph, thanks to the uprated power output.
The Bullitt is based on the 2018 version of the car due to reach Europe this spring and gets a special livery inspired by the classic 1968 Mustang used in the Steve McQueen epic, best known for its car chase scene. The Bullitt also gets a series of mechanical modifications to cement its status as the most special non-Shelby Mustang in the range.
It’s marked out by Dark Highland Green paint (black is also available), with gunmetal finished 19in torque thrust aluminium wheels, red painted brake calipers and a black front grille. At the rear, the Bullitt false petrol cap shows the car’s significance.
Production will be limited, but not so limited that would prevent it from leaving the US to export markets. To that end, an as yet unspecified number of right-hand drive Mustang Bullitts will come to UK from September, depending on demand. No limit is put on the number to be sold in the UK, but the car will only be on sale for one year, ending in June 2019.
Source: Autocar Online