Shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit two months ago where it was touted as being a US-only model, the Bullitt celebrates 50 years of the iconic film starring Steve McQueen and will remain mostly unchanged from the model sold in North America, bar a slightly detuned engine.
Aside from both the European and Aussie spec version loosing the orange indicator clusters in place of clear items, the Bullitt's exterior gains over the standard Mustang includes black 19-inch Torq-Thurst alloy wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, model specific body kit, a faux Bullitt fuel-filler cap, unique black grille, optional MagnaRide suspension and the same Dark Highland Green paint finish as the Mustang GT 390 hurled by "The King of the Cool" around the streets of San Francisco.
The Bullitt touches continue inside with the fitment of contrasting green stitching on the dashboard, door panels, seats and centre console, green Bullitt welcome message displayed on the 12-inch infotainment display, black leather trimmed electric Recaro sport seats, Bullitt plaque in-place of the Mustang badge on the dashboard, Bullitt badged steering wheel and a white ball-like gear knob like the original.
Despite being fitted with the otherwise optional Performance Package and the same Open Air Induction System, 87 mm throttle body and powertrain control module as the Shelby GT350, Ford has re-tuned the 5.0-litre V8 engine to produce 341 kW instead of 354 kW, with torque falling from 569 Nm to 529 Nm.
Like the US model, the Fastback only Bullitt comes fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, that features rev-matching technology claimed to smoothen downshifts. The loss in grunt has however not affected performance with the same 262 km/h top speed as the US Bullitt.
At present, it remains to be seen whether the Bullitt will be made available locally, although its confirmation for Australia and the United Kingdom has effectively opened the door for right-hand drive markets including South Africa.