DETROIT — The Bullitt is again.
Ford Motor Co. on Sunday confirmed plans to resurrect the high-performance, special-edition pony automobile from the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, and mentioned the 2019 mannequin will pack not less than 475 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque out of a 5-liter V-Eight engine when it goes on sale this yr.
It’s going to have a prime pace of 163 mph — an Eight mph enhance vs. the newest Mustang GT.
“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer, mentioned in an announcement. “As a designer, it is my favourite Mustang — devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It does not have to scream about something — it is simply cool.”
Automotive Information first reported Ford’s plans to carry again the Bullitt final week.
The most recent Bullitt may be ordered in Shadow Black or Darkish Highland Inexperienced, the colour worn within the film.
It’s going to have chrome accents across the grille and entrance home windows, basic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, purple painted Brembo brakes, a novel black entrance grille and a cueball shift knob.
There are simply three choices: a Bullitt Electronics Package deal that features navigation, driver reminiscence seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Data System with Cross-Visitors Alert; MagnaRide semi-active suspension system; and Recaro black leather-trimmed seats.
Ford officers declined to debate manufacturing targets or pricing.
The primary Mustang Bullitt went on sale 2001. The automobile returned in 2008 and 2009.
Steve McQueen’s granddaughter, Molly McQueen, launched the brand new automobile.
“It actually channels the spirit of my grandfather,” she mentioned. “It is enjoyable, it is quick and effortlessly cool.”
Unique automobile discovered
Ford shocked showgoers by unveiling the unique film automobile, which till now had been presumed misplaced to historical past.
Two vehicles have been used within the Warner Bros. film: a stunt automobile that resurfaced in Baja, Calif., in early 2017, and the automobile that McQueen truly drove within the film’s iconic automobile chase scene.
That automobile vanished after being offered to a non-public purchaser.
The present proprietor, Sean Kiernan, inherited the automobile in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had bought the automobile in 1974, Ford mentioned. He contacted the automaker concerning the reunion.
“The rediscovery of the Bullitt Mustang is large within the automobile world,” McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, an insurer and journal writer specializing in collectible and classic automobiles, mentioned in an announcement. “Valuing a automobile that’s among the many most cherished film vehicles of all time is tough, if not unattainable.”