Dig deep for the Bullitt

Riley Riley

Ford’s Bullitt edition Mustang will arrive in Australian showrooms this October, in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen film.

With the first batch limited to 700 units, all individually numbered, the Bullitt will be the most powerful version of Ford’s popular muscle car offered here yet, with 345kW of power and 556Nm of torque from the 5.0-litre Coyote V8 — up from 306kW and 530Nm.

But don’t get too excited, because you’re going to be asked to dig deep for the privilege of driving one of these beauties — with prices starting from $73,688 plus on roads.

“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,” Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman, said.

“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.”

Ford Mustang is the most popular sports car in Australia and the best-selling sports car in the world over the last three years, with 125,000 sold across 146 countries in 2017.

As well as a boost in the go-fast department, Bullitt adds exclusive Dark Highland Green paintwork, matching the colour of the 1968 Fastback driven in the film.

Building on the look, gloss-black 19-inch Torq Thrust-style alloys contrast the bright-red calipers of the Brembo brakes.

Variable MagneRide suspension is also standard on this model.

The regular Mustang badging has been removed for a cleaner, smoother look, with unique scuff plates, finishes and green-stitched dash, door trims and heated and cooled front seats added.

A white cue-ball gear-shift knob capping off the theme inside.

Bullitt will be offered exclusively as a V8 coupled to a six-speed manual, true to the famous fastback from the 1968 film classic.

The power output of the 5.0-litre V8 has been boosted, with the addition of an Open Air induction system and intake manifold, with 87mm throttle bodies, Ford Racing air-filter and a PCM (Powertrain Control Module) shared with the Shelby Mustang GT350.

Lifting the bonnet will reveal unique Bullitt badging from strut-tower to strut-tower.

Bullitt’s innovation extends to the standard six-speed manual, which has been extensively reworked for 2018.

It will offer Mustang’s rev-matching system, which delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a ‘blip’ of the engine, adding to the vocal drama delivered by a standard Active Valve Exhaust.

With four modes, the Active Valve Exhaust lets you move from subtle to sledgehammer, on top of Mustang Bullitt’s individual Drive and Steering modes.

Mustang will make its on-track debut in the Supercar Championship with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

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