After a refresh for the 2018 model year, the Ford Mustang enters the 2019 model year with a new Bullitt model. Arrived about 50 years after the Bullitt film which featured a classic car chase with a Mustang, the 2019 Ford Mustang GT has 475 horsepower from a V-8 engine. Learn more here.
The Bullitt is based on the GT Premium trim level and the Performance package comes standard. Premium content primarily consists of comfort and convenience features, but the elements of the Performance package tend to be quick goodies. These features include six-piston Brembo brakes, a unique front and rear spoiler, a K-shaped spacer and support, rugged front springs, a thicker rear stabilizer bar, a Torsen differential with a low-speed ratio. 3.73 and a larger radiator. It also includes looser settings for the stability control system and ABS, an aluminum gauge panel and a dipstick. In addition, the Bullitt is equipped with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a group of 12-inch digital gauges with a special home screen that shows an image of the Bullitt Mustang instead of the iconic pony. Green dots are used on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats.
Outside, buyers can choose from the classic Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black paint. They also get chrome accents around the front windows and the unique black grille, the required Torq Thrust 19-inch wheels, Brembo brake calipers painted in red, and a Bullitt logo on a circular faux gas cap. Bullitt Buyers will have a choice of three options. They include MagneRide magnetorheological dampers, Recaro black leather front seats and the Bullitt Electronic group, which adds navigation, memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors, high-end audio system and monitors for blind spots with transversal alerts.
The mechanical changes make Bullitt the most nasty Mustang of a GT350. The 5.0-liter V8 gets a larger throttle body and a special intake for at least a 15 hp bump on the 460 hp GT. “We know we have more than 475 horses and we are still making the final adjustments to try to push that,” said Chief Engineer Carl Widdman. A six-speed manual is the only transmission. Ford’s 10-speed automatic may have facilitated faster acceleration, but Steve would not have cared, and you should not be. The active exhaust is standard. Widdman promises that Bullitt the first since 2008, before Ford introduced the Coyote 5.0-liter V-8 will have a distinct rumble. The maximum speed was increased from 155 to 163 mph.
Ford has not announced the price yet, but we expect it to divide the difference between a well-equipped GT (about $ 40,000 these days) and the Shelby GT350 ($ 58,045). It will be on sale this summer.