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Ford's tribute to 50 years since Bullitt revealed


Ford has celebrated 50 years of the iconic movie Bullitt by unveiling the special edition Mustang Bullitt at the North American International Auto Show.

Based on the facelifted Mustang and shown alongside one of the actual Mustang GT Fastbacks hurled by Steve McQueen around the streets of San Francisco in the film, the Bullitt's aesthetic differences consist of a model specific bodykit, torque thrust black 19-inch alloy wheels, unique black grille, discreet Bullitt badging, red Brembo brake calipers, optional MagnaRide suspension and a choice of two colours; Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green, the latter hue the same as in the film.

Changes to the interior are more minor and consists of 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 and a white ball-like gear knob like the original.

Fitted as standard with the optional Performance Package as well as the new Open Air Induction System derived from the Shelby GT350, the Bullitt also receives a notable power bump with the 5.0-litre V8 now pumping out 354 kW as opposed 343 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 569 Nm.

Only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, top speed for the Bullitt goes up by 13 km/h to 262 km/h relative to the GT, with Ford declining to reveal the benchmark 0-100 km/h sprint time.

As it has been declared a US market only model, the Bullitt is therefore not expect to be made in right-hand drive anytime soon.

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