The Bullitt movie is one of my favorite movies of all time, not because of the acting or the plot but because of the best car chases in movie history behind the original Gone in 60 seconds and the remake of Gone in 60 seconds. This week Ford Motor Corporation released the 2019 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt edition, reminiscent of the famous 1968 Steve McQueen movie Bullitt. The Bullitt Mustang as it is commonly called is one of my favorite modern mustangs because it’s styling is simple and not overly designed like others (Mach 1, Boss 302, and the Shelby Versions). I do like those versions of Mustangs for various other reasons, but styling is not one of them.
The original Bullitt Mustang is a 1968 Fast back with a 390CI V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission in a dark green color and without the styling of the Cobra jet. The movie also featured a beautiful 1968 black 440 Dodge Charger that was the “bad guy’s” car, which is my favorite car in the entire movie. It was also clear to anybody watching the movie that the Charger outran the Mustang on every straight and the mustang was able to keep up in the turns. The Bullitt Mustang is still an amazing car even If it was outmatched by an iconic Dodge.
Since 2001 Ford has periodically came out with Bullitt edition mustangs and they all follow the same formula that the original 1968 fast back featured in the movie did. It doesn’t have the biggest or best engine that Mustangs come with but does come with a tuned V8. In 2001 Ford came out with the first iteration of the modern “Bullitt Mustang”. It had slightly more HP than the stock Mustang GT, 265HP vs 260HP. It was also lowered ¾ of an inch and had dual piston brakes.
In 2008 Ford re-released a version of the Bullitt Mustang based on the Mustang GT. Ford removed the rear spoiler, gave it a faux metal gas cap, added GT500 seats and other interior trim pieces, bumped the power up to 315HP over the stock 300HP, added an exhaust that sounded “like the original McQueen” Mustang and added a 3.73 gear which allowed the Bullitt Mustang to hit 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. In my opinion this is the mustang that most closely represents the heritage of the original Bullitt Mustang. It is simple, not over styled and looks really good. I have driven one of these a few different times and I find this my favorite version of this generation Mustang, including the GT500 variant.
Ford has finally released the latest version of the Bullitt Mustang for the 2019 model year and it does not depart from the formula of the past variants. It comes with the Mustang GT’s 5.0L v8 matched to a 6-speed manual. All indications are that the Bullitt Mustang is only available in a 6-speed manual transmission. This is welcomed news that it will not be available in a 10-speed auto. The Bullitt Mustang has been outfitted with the GT350’s Intake manifold, 87MM Throttle Body and it’s ECU to increase the output of the 5.0 from 460HP to 475HP. It is also fitted with big 6 piston Brembo brakes and a specially tuned exhaust.
The styling of the new 2018 Mustang does not really excite me and the Bullitt Mustang does not do anything that help the 2018 Mustang’s image as a good-looking car. I am a fan of the 5 spoke wheels that they put on the Bullitt Mustang since 2008, I think that they have always been one of the best-looking set of Ford wheels on the Mustang, which is not saying much considering the competition. Think 2013-2014 GT500 wheels, those are some ugly wheels
Pricing and availability wasn’t available at the time of publishing this article, but I expect the 2019 Mustang GT Bullitt Mustang to be in dealers in September with MSRP’s around 45K and they will be in limited numbers so if you want one of these 475HP beasts get your orders in early.
This article is written by Paul “Family Cruisin” host of the popular YouTube Channel FamilyCruisin. He is a lifelong car enthusiast and has been part of the car community since the age of 2. He currently owns a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and a 2014 Ford Focus ST. He is biased and not Fair and Balanced. All articles are his opinions and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of his wife, kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, enemies or the owners of this website.