Loses power and torque compared to U.S. model

The latest Ford Mustang Bullitt broke cover with a big bang at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show back in January. Far from surprising given that it’s one of the most iconic versions of the pony car and that the last Bullitt was sold all the way back in 2009. The fact that it had quite a few cool features over the standard Mustang GT made things even better. Somewhat surprisingly, the new Mustang Bullitt is going to Europe, having just made its official debut on the Old Continent at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The "Bullitt" movie was never as big in Europe as in the U.S., but I guess that Steve McQueen gained more notoriety over the years on the other side of the pond too.

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The first Bullitt to be officially sold in Europe, the latest movie-based car has a number of extra features to brag about and should make European enthusiasts happy

The first Bullitt to be officially sold in Europe, the latest movie-based car has a number of extra features to brag about and should make European enthusiasts happy. Visually, it borrows many cues from the original Bullitt, including the clean grille with the honeycomb mesh, subtle chrome accents, and the Torque Thrust wheels. Around back, it gets the sporty diffuser from the Premium Package, a circular faux gas cap, and Black NitroPlate exhaust tips. As usual, just two paint options are available: Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black.

Customers will be treated to the same Mustang GT interior but with extra features and a few unique bits. The Premium Package is standard and adds leather upholstery, the bigger display for the infotainment system, ambient lighting, aluminum pedals, satin brush aluminum on the center stack, an upgraded sound system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers. There’s also a standard heated steering wheel, green accent stitching, and a white cue ball shift knob. The optional Bullitt Electronics Package includes driver memory seats and mirrors, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.

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Ford says that the Euro-spec Bullitt will deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque, which converts to 458 horsepower 390 pound-feet.

Moving over to the juicy bits, the 5.0-liter V-8 gains revised internals, including an active valve performance system, upgraded exhaust, an open-air induction system, new intake manifold from the Shelby GT350, and a recalibrated powertrain control module. The Performance Package adds upgraded springs and a rear sway bar, while the MagneRide suspension is optional. Output? Ford says that the Euro-spec Bullitt will deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque, which converts to 458 horsepower 390 pound-feet. That’s significantly less than the U.S. model’s 475 horsepower and 420 pound-feet, but more than the Euro-spec GT, which cranks out 416 PS (410 horsepower). Torque is actually the same. Needless to say, the output is surprisingly low for this model.

No pricing information yet, but deliveries will begin later this year.


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It’s one of the most epic car chases in movie history.

Almost 10 minutes long, the iconic sequence in the Warner Bros. film “Bullitt” follows Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Mustang GT fastback as he chases two hitmen through the streets of San Francisco.

The new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt – celebrating the 50th anniversary the legendary film – today made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Following a global public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year, the new Mustang Bullitt will go into production for European customers in June.

Mustang Bullitt is powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced with an Open Air Induction System, and intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration from the Shelby Mustang GT350, to deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque.

Offered with a choice of Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green exterior colours, the Mustang Bullitt will feature 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels, red Brembo™ brake callipers and a faux Bullitt fuel-filler cap.

The interior will deliver Ford’s 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and will offer Recaro sports seats. Interior seat-, centre console- and instrument panel-stitching will reflect the exterior colour choice, and each Mustang Bullitt will feature an individually numbered plaque in place of the traditional Mustang emblem on the passenger-side dashboard.

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt will also feature as standard Ford’s new rev-matching technology that delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine, and premium B&O PLAY audio system that delivers 1000 watts through 12 high-performance speakers.

“Nothing captured the spirit and excitement of Mustang quite like that amazing car chase in ‘Bullitt’,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “The new Mustang Bullitt will pack a similar punch when it goes on sale this year with more power, exciting new features like rev-matching and B&O PLAY audio, and – just like Steve McQueen – dripping with understated cool.”

Ford enlisted the support of third-generation members of the McQueen family, Chase and Madison, to unveil the new Mustang Bullitt in Europe. Steve McQueen’s grandchildren – supported by their father, Chad McQueen – starred in their own car-chase scene set in the Swiss Alps surrounding Geneva, a homage to the iconic “Bullitt” chase-scene that still resonates with movie fans today.

“At home we’re surrounded by memorabilia and reminders of our grandfather’s role in ‘Bullitt’, and we’ve watched the film more times than I can remember, so to be part of launching the third-generation Mustang Bullitt here in Europe has been a special experience,” said Chase McQueen.

“Our dad, Chad, taught us to drive in Fords along the Californian coastal roads, so it’s been amazing working alongside him and this new car. We were over the moon that Ford and the Steve McQueen estate were recently able to donate the first new Mustang Bullitt VIN 001 for auction, raising $300,000 for charity," said Madison McQueen.

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The new Ford Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the legendary Mustang GT fastback that featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie of the same name.

The third-generation Mustang Bullitt follows in the footsteps of previous special edition Bullitt models in 2001 and 2008, which also offered more powerful engines, Torq Thrust-style wheels, unique styling cues and limited exterior paint choices including Dark Highland Green.

The new Mustang Bullitt will feature a six-speed manual transmission equipped with Ford’s new rev-matching technology, which uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver downshifts – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected for smooth, seamless gear-changes.

Delivering 1000 watts of audio power through 12-high performance speakers, the standard B&O PLAY premium audio system will deliver a rich audio experience for occupants whichever seat they occupy. The system features a dual-voice coil subwoofer for deep, crisp bass and high-performance three-way front door speakers for even sound distribution throughout the cabin.

Further standard interior equipment includes a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on the all-new Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony. As a nod to the original car’s interior, the gear shifter features a white cue ball gearshift knob.

In addition to the standard seats that feature green stitching and a driver’s seat memory function, Mustang Bullitt customers can opt for black leather-trimmed Recaro® sports seats.

Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux fuel-filler cap Bullitt logo on the rear centre is visible on the exterior.

“This new Bullitt is my favourite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”

Ford’s sophisticated MagneRide adjustable suspension system is also offered, and uses an electronically stimulated fluid inside the damper to respond in real time to changing road conditions, optimising handling without sacrificing ride comfort. An active valve performance exhaust system is standard, enhancing the V8 engine’s signature burble.

Deliveries of the new Ford Mustang for customers in Europe will begin later this year.

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