Special edition Mustang pays homage to film’s most famous Pony Car. It's limited-run, boosted in power, and now over here at Goodwood with its dad

Ford has confirmed that the 475bhp Mustang Bullitt will go on sale in the UK, with deliveries expected in September. The first car to reach the UK, however, was shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was demonstrated alongside its inspiration - the original Mustang from the Bullitt movie.

Prices start from £47,145 for the special edition muscle car. This price puts the Bullitt just under £6000 more expensive than the regular 5.0-litre Mustang GT, with additional equipment including Recaro seats, upholstery finished with green stitching, an 8-ball gearknob and the Bullitt Electronics Package, which adds sat-nav, a premium sound system, blind spot monitor and cross-traffic alert, as well as driver memory seats and mirrors. Each car will have a unique chassis number plaque on the interior. 

First revealed at the Detroit motor show in January and since shown at the Geneva motor show and Festival of Speed, this latest iteration of its Mustang Bullitt is the third to pay tribute to the car that appeared in the movie Bullitt on the famous film's 50th anniversary - the first came in the Mustang’s fourth generation in 2001, and then again in 2008 for the fifth-generation Mustang, regarded as a reinvention of the model.

Based on the 5.0-litre Mustang, the Bullitt gets 458bhp and 388lb ft - 14bhp more than the standard Mustang’s 444bhp, but 17bhp down on the 475bhp US-spec car.

The US-spec car gets 35bhp more than the standard Mustang thanks to the use of an upgraded induction system, intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration listed straight from the 526bhp Shelby GT350. The top speed is also increased for the US car over the regular 5.0-litre Mustang’s 155mph, to 168mph, thanks to the uprated power output. 

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The Bullitt is based on the 2018 version of the car due to reach Europe this spring and gets a special livery inspired by the classic 1968 Mustang used in the Steve McQueen epic, best known for its car chase scene. The Bullitt also gets a series of mechanical modifications to cement its status as the most special non-Shelby Mustang in the range.

It’s marked out by Dark Highland Green paint (black is also available), with gunmetal finished 19in torque thrust aluminium wheels, red painted brake calipers and a black front grille. At the rear, the Bullitt false petrol cap shows the car’s significance.

Production will be limited, but not so limited that would prevent it from leaving the US to export markets. To that end, an as yet unspecified number of right-hand drive Mustang Bullitts will come to UK from September, depending on demand. No limit is put on the number to be sold in the UK, but the car will only be on sale for one year, ending in June 2019. 

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14 January 2018

Nice, could they put the original interior back in , at least there wouldn’t be such a see of Black plastic!,for the money I’d expect a better quality interior...?

Peter Cavellini.

10 June 2018

The interior quality is low down the list for a Mustang buyer, if you want good interior quality go buy another boring diesel saloon 

289

14 January 2018

....they didnt quite get the colour right (but I am just grateful that there is a 'green' colour option on the colour chart),  & the original still looks best, but then this is mean as hell!

I couldnt understand why they hadn't tapped into the whole Bullitt/Steve McQueen thing with the new Mustang before now, but at last the penny has dropped.

I really like this car!

15 January 2018

I'm not holding my breath waiting for the black Dodge Charger Bullitt...

15 January 2018

The Ford Mustang GT is a decent value proposition, what's why I see 30-40 in my son's High School car park each day. This really is nothing other than a great way to get buyers to pony up more $$ for what is essentially a Mustang GT. Nothing wrong with that, but nothing for petrolheads to get excited about. Me, I would divvy up the extra and buy a GT350.

FMS

10 June 2018

Indeed you do see that number...and so observant are you that you still cannot determine if it is 30 or 40 or some number in between.

 

You could add, that each High School (why caps?), should have several dozen in each car park, just to promote equality amongst the masses.

 

TWIT!.

15 January 2018

the Bandits Trans Am. Nice looking Mustang though, and I hate Fords.

15 January 2018

totally beast. she is stunning

15 January 2018

The Mustang looks stunning in  Dark Highland Green, the colour should be more used by Ford in it's range

5 March 2018

what a fabulous car, it looks stunning in that colour.

with a big, powerful V8 engine with no turbochargers or super chargers, you’d have to seriously hate Fords to not want this.

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