Ford has just announced when the limited edition Mustang Bullitt is going to hit Australian shores. Pony aficionados may already know that the Bullitt is an ode to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback that Steve McQueen drove in the movie of the same name. Containing one of the most iconic on-screen car chases of all time, the film is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Even if you're not a classic film buff, this car is still god damn sexy.
"BULLITT is the car-chase of car chases, and we know that Australians are passionate about Mustang, so we’re pleased to have secured our own batch of this unique model," said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. "It further builds on the Mustang story in this country as we respond to enthusiasm for even more choice, additional features and personalisation across the line-up. Australians are looking for Mustangs that really stand out, and Mustang BULLITT really makes a statement."
Only 700 BULLITTs will initially be sold in Australia, each with its on individual number so you can feel fancy. It will also be the most powerful Mustang to ever be sold by Ford Australia.
This beast has an external retro aesthetic that are obviius nods to McQueens' Mustang, such as the Dark Highland Green paintwork (which is exclusive to the BULLITT) as well as gloss-black 19-inch Torq Thrust-style alloys which contrast the bright-red calipers of the Brembo brakes. The Mustang badging that we're all familiar with have also been omitted for a unique look.
When it comes to power, the BULLITT has been based on the updated Mustang GT which is louder than the previous generation. It will come exclusively as a V8 six-speed manual that delivers 345kW and 556Nmiii. Again, this looks back to the 1968 Fastback but with 2018 upgrades.
Staying under the bonnet, the 5.0 litre vehicle also includes an Open Air induction system and intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies, Ford Racing air-filter and a Powertrain Control Module (PCM) that's shared with the Shelby Mustang GT350.
It also comes with Mustang's MagneRide suspension, which will be an option for ordinary Mustang GTs in Australia from July.
Basically, this thing is an absolute unit.
In terms of modern safety features, the BULLITT comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. Driver Assist Technology also helps the with auto-levelling headlamps, automatic highbeam and an 8-inch full-colour reversing camera. Satellite-navigation is also included as standard, as is SYNC 3iv with Apple CarPlay and Android Autov.
The interior also pays homage to the McQueen's Fastback with sleek finishes that are simply gorgeous. Importantly, the front seats both warm and cool. But perhaps most eye-catching is the retro white cue-ball gear shift. It's worthy of a chef-kiss.
Fingers crossed we'll get a chance to play around in this and show you what it's made of.
The Ford Mustang BULLITT will be available in Australia from October 2018 and will be priced at $73,688, including luxury car tax.
A few years back, the Engineering Director of Ford had the police show up at his house. Fortunately, this wasn't the kind of incident that would afford him a Netflix True Crime original. No, his neighbours simply found his Mustang Shelby to be too loud.
This brush with the law got himself and fellow Mustang engineers to thinking — there had to be a way to make the exhaust quieter in the next generation of Ponies. There was, and they called it Quiet Mode.
But for Mustang fans out there who appreciate the roar of the engine jumping to life, that hasn't been stripped out. In fact, Aussies in particular wanted the 2018 Mustangs to be louder. Suffice to say, it's been a complicated journey.