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NAIAS 2018: Ford revives a movie icon with Mustang Bullitt

It's Highland Green, the signature colour of the Ford Mustang GT350 driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and the star of what is still regarded 50 years later as the archetypal auto chase.

The 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustang is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 which gave the edition an extra 15hp over the 2018 Mustang GT. There are a number of enhancements for the exterior, such as 19-inch aluminium wheels in classic "torque thrust" design, in black, as well as exclusive Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green paint colours and Bullitt badges.

"This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool", said Mustang chief designer Darrell Behmer in a press release by Ford. Eagle-eyed McQueen fans will also note the lack of badging on the new 'Stang - just like the King of Cool's 1968 ride. The other vehicle, used in numerous jumps during the famous chase scene, went to a salvage yard.

Inside the cabin is an expanse of black broken with up by more Bullitt logos, with one on the steering wheel and one on the dash in front of the passenger, in case the driver forgets the special-edition nature of their vehicle. It also comes with chrome accents surrounding the front windows and the black front grille, leather-trimmed interior with green accents, and a white cue ball shift knob for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt's six-speed manual transmission.

Although the special edition is only available in the United States, British customers can still enjoy the spirit of the Bullitt Mustang in the V8 Mustang, which is now on sale in the UK from £41,095.

The 1968 film Bullitt made the Mustang Bullitt an American icon of the road.

Outback there is Black NitroPlate™ exhaust tips and a Bullitt logo on the circular faux gas cap. In the film, Molly races the new Mustang Bullitt through a parking structure battling a Dodge Charger for the final free parking slot.

Yes, and no. The Blue Oval would never deign to cheapen one of its most iconic cars.

Ford has unveiled the newest iteration of its Mustang Bullitt - a special edition model that pays homage to the famed auto used the Steve McQueen movie of the same name. It went under the radar for many years until it recently resurfaced when inherited by Sean Kiernan from his late father in 2014. Making this all the more special is the fact that the woman behind the wheel is none other than Molly McQueen, granddaughter of Bullitt himself. They are the Bullitt electronic package which has navigation, premium sound, blind-spot monitors, and memory, the black leather Recaro front seats, and the MagneRide magnetorheological dampers.

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