2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Arguably one of the most iconic Mustang of all time, the Bullitt returns into showrooms five decades after the original car helped make the best chase seen in movie history. It was 1968 when Steve McQueen drove a Mustang GT390 Fastback like there was no tomorrow on the streets of San Francisco in the "Bullitt" movie, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October 2018. To mark the event, Ford prepared a new iteration of the Mustang Bullitt for the first time since 2009. The car was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show alongside the original version, and it’s the most menacing Bullitt ever made.
Set to go on sale in the summer of 2018, the new Mustang Bullitt walks in the footsteps of its predecessors. It’s based on the Mustang GT, it features a host of unique features inside and out, and it has a subtle appearance. But under the skin, the Bullitt packs a bit more oomph than the GT and delivers better performance. If Steve McQueen was still around, I’m sure he would’ve taken one home and maybe even use it for a sequel to the iconic movie. But unfortunately Steve is no more, so we’ll have to settle for the cool, Bullitt-inspired commercial Ford made for the car. Check it out below.
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The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Custom Exterior Done Right
Back in 1968, the movie classic Bullitt hit the silver screen, wowing audiences with an almost 11-minute car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Bullitt snagged the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1969, no doubt thanks to its raucous automotive battle between Steve McQueen’s green Ford Mustang and the baddies’ black Dodge Charger. Now, five decades later, the Blue Oval is resurrecting memories of the famous Bullitt Mustang with this custom special edition.
Now, normally we aren’t the biggest fans of special edition vehicles. They tend to over-promise and under-deliver, and rarely look all that great. The 2019 Bullitt is different. We love how this thing looks. In a world where wings and extra body pieces run rampant, the Bullitt keeps a style that’s clean and mean. And green.
Dropping cover at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show alongside the original ’60s Mustang that provided the inspiration for its creation, we think the 2019 Bullitt Mustang is a custom exterior that’s done right – it brings history and prestige, faultlessly paying homage to the Steve McQueen hero car, while still keeping it all firmly rooted in 2018. It comes with nothing extraneous, enhancing what’s already there, rather than simply tacking on extra “stuff.” Read on for the details.
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Booth Layout at the Detroit Auto Show Proves FCA is in Love with the Aging Challenger
A show as big as the NAIAS gives automakers a chance to create display booths that properly highlights the models they’re showcasing. Some go for the minimalist approach while others prefer to sprinkle generous amounts of bombast into their displays. Then there’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which went to Detroit to showcase its lineup of new models. At least that was the intent. What turned out happening, though, is that all of FCA’s models appeared to take a backseat to one model: the Dodge Challenger.
Get Your Tracks Ready: Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Goes on Sale Feb 1st
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition first came into our lives in October 2017 when the special edition muscle car made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Fast forward three months and we’re sitting here today, reporting that Chevrolet has announced details on how you can get the Hot Wheels package on your Camaro. Only 2,500 units of the package will be available, each coming at a price of $4,995. Prepare those credit cards because orders open on February 1 at Chevrolet dealerships all over the country.
What’s in a Name? The History Behind The "Bullitt" Name
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show just opened, and a bombshell has already been dropped. The source of the bombshell? Ford and the new Mustang Bullitt, a special edition version of the iconic muscle car that’s named after the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. The history behind Ford’s use of the Bullitt name only dates back to 2001 when Ford partnered with Warner Bro. to offer a special version of its GT Mustang as a tribute to the 1968 390 fastback model driven by McQueen. Including the version that we’re currently drooling over, Ford has only used the Bullitt name on a special edition Mustang three times. It’s one of the rarest Mustang SEs you’ll see, and it’s association with the King of Cool himself elevates it as one of the most desirable ‘Stangs to hit the market in recent years.
OG 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Shows Up Alongside 2019 Mustang Bullitt; Gets Inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt turned a lot of heads when it debuted at the North American International Auto Show. Turns out, it wasn’t the only Mustang Bullitt in attendance because it was joined by none other than the same 1968 Ford Mustang 390 Fastback that was used in the Steve McQueen movie of the same name. The ’68 Stang’s presence in Detroit wasn’t just for provenance; it was there to get inducted by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register, becoming the 21st car to get bestowed with the honor.
It Didn’t Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is now in full swing, bringing with it a glut of fresh metal hot off the presses. This is Motor City, hometown to the Big Three and birthplace of the greatest American muscle cars to ever hit pavement. All of which makes it the perfect venue to drop the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as the Blue Oval decided to keep its new ultimate pony under wraps, save for the the above-featured one-minute video. Better than nothin’, though.
Composed of a series of close-cropped detail shots, the video gives us a look at the brake and wheel package, exhaust, front splitter, rear spoiler, hood louvers, side skirts, and headlights. All in all, it’s looking like the usual factory-tuned Mustang badassery, and according to Ford, the machine has the specs to match.
“With more than 700 horsepower projected, the supercharged V8 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever, and twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.”
Look for it to make a splashdown sometime next year.
New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit
Rumored to make a comeback for many years now, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns in its third iteration at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Based on the facelifted version of the sixth-generation Mustang, the new Bullitt arrives just in time for the movies’ 50th anniversary. Launched almost a half-century after Steve McQueen created the coolest car chase in movie history, the new Bullitt came to Cobo Center alongside the original car from 1968.
Showcased in a metallic dark green color that mimics the shade of the original model, the new Bullitt follows in the footsteps of its fourth- and fifth-generation-based predecessor, sporting an understated look, a number of exclusive features, and a retuned drivetrain. On the outside, it gets subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, a unique black grille, and the obligatory Torque Thrust wheels, this time around in 19-inch size. A set of red Brembo calipers completes the look, but it also gets the aerodynamic extras that come with the Performance Package. Color options are limited to the classic Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black.
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Video of the Day: Watch Hennessey Turn a Stock 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist!
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcist came into our lives in April 2017. It packed ungodly amounts of power under its hood, allowing it to hit speeds that the devil himself would be proud of. The sinful beast comes to us by way of Hennessey. To give us an idea of how it came to life, the American tuner has released a time-lapse video chronicling the creation of the Exorcist from its not-so-humble Camaro ZL1 roots.
To be clear, the Camaro ZL1 is potent in it of itself. It comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a tick over three seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph. Impressive, right?
Apparently, Hennessey shrugged its shoulders at the Camaro ZL1’s capabilities. Knowing it had something better to offer, the tuner decided to swap in a bigger supercharger compared to the stock unit. On top of that, Hennessey also installed a new camshaft, added long-tube headers, freed up the flow of air through the engine, and recalibrate the engine with some fancy computer work. The result is a car that saw its output increase to a demented 1,000 horsepower.
Turning a Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist obviously takes time. That doesn’t appear to be the case in the time-lapse video, but judging by how many people came in and out of the shot and how many times the car was lifted, brought back to the ground, lifted again, and brought back down again, it’s safe to assume that the engineers over at Hennessey had their work cut out for them.
It all ends well, though, because the Camaro ZL1 Exorcist is madness personified.
New Bullitt Mustang to Be Unveiled Next Week
Rumors of a new Bullitt Mustang based on the sixth-generation pony have flying around for a couple of years now, but Ford has yet to confirm such a model. However, various spy shots confirmed its existence since late December. Now, the folks over at the Mustang6G forums have discovered proof that the brand-new Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to break cover next week. Interestingly enough, the unveiling might not take place at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the new Bullitt could be revealed at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19.
Auction Car of the Month: Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback
Carroll Shelby’s very own 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback Hertz Rent-a-Racer is going up for sale at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As if 1966 G350H Fastbacks aren’t rare enough by themselves, the provenance behind this model is on another level because of its association with the man who created the Shelby brand, to begin with. If you’re looking for the chance to own this one-of-a-kind model, you’ll need to be in top form at the Barrett-Jackson auction later this month. By all accounts, this car is not going to come cheap.
Jay Leno Meets a Plymouth Superbird: Video
A 1970 Plymouth Superbird is considered a unicorn by today’s standards. What most people don’t know is that this outrageous machine wasn’t a hot pancake back in the day. Dealers struggled to sell them because of how they looked and some even resorted to removing the nose and wing to make them look like a typical Plymouth Road Runner. But the Superbird now holds a special place in the hearts of muscle car collectors, including comedian Jeff Dunham, who happens to own one of just 58 Superbirds with a HEMI engine and a four-speed manual transmission. Of course, a car of this stature, with a celebrity owner to boot, found its way to Jay Leno’s Garage.