Most noteworthy movie/tv cars need some sort of gimmick to be cool like the DeLorean time machine or James Bond’s tricked-out Aston Matins, but all the Ford Mustang Bullitt needed was Steve McQueen behind the wheel and about seven minutes of uninterrupted screen time. That iconic car chase scene took place back in 1968, and enthusiasts are still talking about it today. Fifty years after Bullitt hit the big screen, Ford announced a third variant to pay homage to the original movie car: the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
After similar special editions released back in 2001 and then again for the 2008 and 2009 model years, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt is the most powerful and perhaps the coolest of the Bullitt cars since the original ’68 Mustang GT 390. And with only a two-year production run planned for this car, you should definitely pull the trigger if you have a chance to buy one of these. The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is definitely a future collectible car.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Exterior
Trying to stay as close to the original Bullitt Mustang as possible, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is only offered in the fastback body style, and it has had the badges and rear spoiler deleted for an understated look. The only badge on this car’s exterior is the fake gas cap between the taillights that features the Bullitt logo, and the bright work is limited to chrome trim around the side windows and grille. The black five-spoke wheels are also a part of the Bullitt’s unique look, and the dark colors really make the red Brembo calipers pop.
Speaking of colors, this tester came in the exclusive Dark Highland Green to match the movie car, and while Shadow Black is also available on the 2019 Bullitt, what is the point of this car in any color other than dark green? The coolest part about the Mustang Bullitt is that the average Joe could walk right by this car without noticing anything special, but to true car lovers, it will make their heart start to race!
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Interior
The interior of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is everything you’d expect from a $50,000 Mustang. This car comes standard with leather seats and a high-tech 12-inch LCD digital gauge cluster, while features such as the 12-speaker B&O Play Premium Audio System, three-setting memory driver’s seat and a voice-activated navigation system were included in the $2,100 Bullitt Electronics Package.
Matching the exterior, the Bullitt adds unique touches such as black leather with green stitching, Bullitt logo on the steering wheel, aluminum door sill scuff plates and a chassis number badge above the glove box. Recaro sport bucket seats are available as a $1,595 option, but this car came with the standard leather seating. It still provides plenty of bolstering, but it is far more comfortable in daily driving.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Powertrain
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is powered by the Mustang’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, but like the previous two Bullitt recreations, Ford added a little more power under the hood. Thanks to the modified GT350 intake manifold, revised PCM calibration and a larger radiator, the new Bullitt is rated at 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque — 20 more horsepower than a standard Mustang GT. The higher power output bumps the Bullitt’s top speed to 163 mph, but the Bullitt and GT six-speed return identical EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway*.
True to the ’68 Bullitt Mustang, the 2019 version is only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is topped with an amazingly cool cue-ball shift knob. This transmission is key to maximize fun in the Mustang Bullitt, as you’ll want to get the car as close to its 7,400-rpm redline as possible, as often as possible. That’s where Ford’s efforts on this car payoff the most, as engineers did an amazing job of matching this car’s exhaust to the movie car’s.
This exhaust note was achieved by giving the Bullitt a standard Active Valve Performance Exhaust system. More than just a good-sounding car, the Bullitt receives the same suspension setup as the GT Performance Package, and this tester was equipped with the optional $1,695 MagneRide Dampening System. This system uses electronic dampers that read road conditions – 1,000 times per second for each damper – to optimize the car’s overall feel and responsive, and deliver a smooth, balanced ride.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Safety
The 2019 Ford Mustang is as safe as it is fun to drive with a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Bullitt adds Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert as part of the optional Bullitt Electronics Package.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Overall
The 1968 film Bullitt is often regarded as having the greatest movie car chase of all time, and the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt lives up to the legacy of not only the movie but also the Mustang and Steve McQueen himself. Combining the added performance, styling and limited-production, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt is easily one of the best Mustangs ever built. This kind of coolness doesn’t come cheap, though, as the Bullitt’s starting price of $46,595** is almost double that of a standard Mustang fastback and it’s a $7,000 increase over the Mustang GT Premium. As you see it, this particular tester hit our driveway with a $51,290 as-tested, and it was worth every penny! We’re sure these cars are going to get tucked away in collections and sold for a lot more than that in a few years.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Ford dealership and test drive the 2019 Ford Mustang today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.