Ford is preparing rolling out the red carpet for one of Hollywood's greatest action heroes.
The blue oval has confirmed the special edition Mustang Bullitt will be offered locally as part of the updated 2018 pony car range.
Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the blockbuster starring Steve McQueen, in which the Hollywood heart throb drove an original 1968 Mustang Fastback in one of the most legendary car chases to ever grace the silver screen, the new-generation Mustang Bullitt was first revealed at the 2018 Detroit motor show in January and confirmed for right-hand drive production at the Geneva motor show today.
Ford Australia has yet to lock down final prices for the Mustang Bullitt, nor has it confirmed exactly how many will be available to Australian customers, but company President, Graeme Whickman, said it is an exciting addition to the local line-up.
“Steve McQueen as Bullitt created a legend and Mustang Bullitt is the perfect way to salute an icon of the silver screen,” he said.
“We’re excited to offer Australian buyers the Mustang Bullitt, especially on the 50th anniversary of the legendary film.”
The Mustang Bullit is a faithful recreation of the original movie car, featuring retro-style Torq Thrust-style alloy wheels, no badges, chrome window surrounds and a Bullitt fuel cap and will be exclusively offered locally in Highland Green paintwork.
Under the bonnet, it has an upgraded version of the 5.0-litre V8 with the intake manifold from the Shelby GT350 featuring 87mm throttle bodies as well as an active exhaust system, a revised engine management system and a cold air intake that elevate peak outputs to 354kW and 570Nm.
Inside, the special edition machine has a specific start-up screen within the 12-inch digital instrument cluster, green stitching throughout the leather-lined cockpit and a cue ball-style gear shifter.
In the US, customers also have the choice of personalising the Mustang Bullitt with Recaro sports seats, magnetic suspension and an upgraded electronics package that includes sat nav, a higher-grade audio system and additional safety functions like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. However, it is expected that most – if not all – of the optional extras will be standard on local versions, highlighting its exclusivity and further justifying a likely premium over the regular Mustang GT.
It is understood the 2018 Mustang will go on-sale in Australia in July, and, like the current version, will be available in coupe or convertible body styles and powered by either a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder or a 5.0-litre V8.
The updated pony car will feature revised styling, up-to-date crash avoidance systems and an updated interior with an optional digital instrument cluster.
Full details for the 2018 Ford Mustang, including the Bullitt special edition, will be confirmed closer to the vehicle’s launch.