For Mustang fans, one of the biggest items out of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was the news that a special edition Mustang will be released later this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Steve McQueen film Bullitt. While special editions are a regular feature of the Mustang brand, McQueen’s dark highland greenGT has earned a special place in people’s hearts for its drag strip courage and cinematic history, and the updated 2019 Bullitt has gotten car fans truly excited.
Released in 1968, the Bullitt is famous for the high-octane chase scene in which McQueen’s character, Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, pursues a team of hitmen in a Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighbourhood. The instantly recognizable Mustang GT McQueen drives in the scene ranks high among the famous cars of cinema history, and with many 21st century automobile designers explicitly drawing inspiration from the classic looks of the decade, it is perhaps unsurprising that the spirit of McQueen’s first generation GT is seeing reincarnation.
Critics are already raving about the Mustang Bullitt’s distinctive throwback features, from its cool green paintjob and angry dual exhaust to the billiard ball gearshift on the automatic transmission. This is a car designed to pay homage to the pony cars of the 1960s, which epitomized a whole new way of thinking about the joys of driving, without simply being a slavish imitation, and it does a fine job of channelling its predecessor while also offering an updated take on the first generation GT.
For those looking to get a new Ford Mustang that offers both an incredible, modern driving experience and a chance to re-live some of the magic of the iconic brand’s history, there is a lot to like about the Mustang Bullitt. Early reviews have already emphasized its sleek lines, classic feel, modern amenities, and its powerful V-8 engine. Withmore than 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the Mustang Bullitt is even faster than the standard 2018 GT, which itself has been making waves since it hit the market last year for delivering more horsepower than its closest competitors. This is clearly a vehicle that has been designed to appeal to those who like their Mustangs fast and gutsy.
But the Mustang Bullittisn’t just a collector’s item; efforts have clearly been taken to make sure that the Bullitt has wide appeal for drivers who may not be able to afford to keep it as a showpiece. The car’s design incorporates a lot of practical elements, such as driver memory seats, a state-of-the-art all-digital LCD instrument display, and a heated steering wheel that will be especially appreciated by drivers who want a car they can actually use to get around.
Since the earliest days of the motion picture, cars have been a major part of film history. In addition to stirring up excitement in countless chase scenes, vehicles often serve as a commentary on the characters that drive them, communicating something about the spirit of the individual. No wonder so many Ford fans are excited to have a chance to get behind the wheel of one of the most iconic Ford in cinematic history.