"What's the Bullitt?", you say? Well, it is a legend. It's a 1968 Mustang made famous in a movie of the same name. The film hit the big screen in the fall of 1968. You may not be old enough to remember the movie, but you may recognize the name, Steve McQueen. He was the star of the film, or co-star, depending on your perspective. Sheryl Crow even wrote a song about them. If you are a Mustang enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to watch the movie. The 10-minute car chase through San Francisco alone is worth it, even if you aren't a fan of old-style thrillers.
What type of Mustang was the old Bullitt?
The original 1968 Bullitt was a Mustang 390 GT Fastback. It was powered by a throaty V8 engine that made itself heard throughout the movie. In my opinion, that growling V8 had a lot to do with the movie's Academy Award nomination for best sound.
Is this the first time Ford has offered a Bullitt Mustang since the original?
No. This is the third time Ford has produced a tribute to the old Bullitt. The first one was in 2001 and the second was sold in 2008-09. The 2019 model is in honor of the original's 50th anniversary.
Is the new Bullitt just a different trim for another Mustang model?
It will be a separate Mustang model that is basically the Mustang GT Premium with the GT Performance package. Many aspects are exclusive to the Bullitt models.
The only exterior badging will be one round "Bullitt" badge on the back of the trunk lid centered between the taillights. The badge looks like an old-style fuel cap. The front grille does not feature the iconic mustang horse, but it does have a touch of chrome framing the grille and window. A splash of red has brightened the new Bullitt with its red brake calipers.
The nostalgic touches continue in the interior with a white, cue-ball shifter knob, green stitching here and there on the leather-trimmed interior and the word "Welcome" on the gauge cluster.
Will the Bullitt only be available in green like the original?
The 2019 Mustang Bullitt will be available in Highland Green, which was the color of the original Bullitt. You will be able to get it in Shadow Black, too.
When will the 2019 Bullitt be available to buy?
You should be able to order your new Mustang Bullitt this summer.
What engine will the new Bullitt have?
The Bullitt will stay true to the original with a 5-L V8 engine under the hood modernized by a Shelby GT350 intake manifold. Top speed for this 475-hp, 21st-century version is 163 mph. The new Bullitt comes with the Performance package. A larger radiator and rear anti-roll bar, Brembo six-piston front brakes, a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential, will all come standard in the 2019 Bullitt.
How many Mustang Bullitts will Ford produce?
Ford hasn't announced the number of Bullitts they will produce this time around. It will be a limited-edition model, though. The 2008-09 Mustang Bullitt was also a limited edition. Ford produced 7,700 of them for the United States and Canada.
Will the Bullitt be a two-seater?
There will be room for four passengers, including the driver. Plenty of room to take the kids for a fun Sunday drive. Be sure to educate them on the history of that fine-tuned machine during the drive. They may roll their eyes and look bored, but they'll remember it when you tell them they have to recite it back to you before you let them drive it.
How much will the 2019 Bullitt cost?
MSRP for the new Bullitt hasn't been announced yet. Reasonable speculation suggests a price of $48,000 to $50,000. A 2018 Mustang GT Premium Fastback with the GT Performance Package costs $43,990. Let's just hope the price tag is far less than the first production 2019 Bullitt sold for. It went for $300,000 at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction on Friday, January 19, 2018.
Is the new Mustang Bullitt worth the investment?
If you are a vintage Mustang enthusiast and have the means, yes. The 2008 Mustang Bullitt had a base price of $31,075. Now, ten years later, a 2008 or 2009 Mustang Bullitt in excellent condition is still worth $20,000 to $30,000.