Ford also confirmed today how much you’ll pay for your Bullitt: $46,595, before the $900 destination and delivery charge. That sounds like a lot, but don’t forget that it’s easy to option a standard Mustang up into the $50K realm.
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is the latest iteration of Ford’s venerable pony car to hit showrooms (the new GT500 won’t go on sale for another few months). The Bullitt is based on the Mustang GT Performance Pack 1, meaning it’s fitted with six-piston Brembo brakes up front, a Torsen limited-slip differential in the rear, heavy duty front springs, a bigger rear sway bar, and retuned traction and stability control systems. Additionally, the Bullitt gets a slight bump in power over the standard GT, up 20 horses thanks to a slight ECU tune, a cold-air intake and the 87mm throttle body from the Shelby GT350. That makes it the most powerful non-Shelby Mustang currently on sale.
Visually, the Bullitt ditches most of the Ford and Mustang badges in favor of a few Bullitt badges on the trunklid and interior. It’s only available in two colors Highland Green and Shadow Black and is fitted with a set of black 19-inch Torq-Thrust style wheels. The exhaust tips have been painted black, too, and the badgeless grille gets a fine chrome lipstick around the rim. Its $47,690 MSRP sounds like a lot, but the Bullitt comes with nearly every option currently available on lesser Mustangs. That includes heated and ventilated leather seating, dual-zone climate control and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster.
Ford also confirmed today how much you’ll pay for your Bullitt: $46,595, before the $900 destination and delivery charge. That sounds like a lot, but don’t forget that it’s easy to option a standard Mustang up into the $50K realm. If you’re living in Europe and are eager to buy the Mustang Bullitt, prepare to be disappointed as the Euro-spec version seen earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show won’t be able to match the output numbers of its North American cousin. Indeed, the version sold on the old continent has to make do with 457 hp and 390 lb-ft (529 Nm), which isn’t necessarily low, but nevertheless it’s a significant decrease compared to the U.S.-spec model.
Ford is now taking orders for the limited-run Mustang, but it’s already too late to buy the very first car as that one was auctioned for a good cause at the beginning of the year when it managed to fetch a whopping $300,000. Pricing details are still not available, but surely the retro-flavored pony car will set you back more than the $39,190 Ford is asking for the Mustang GT Premium Fastback. After all, it does come with a special finish and hardware upgrades such as the Shelby GT350’s intake manifold, a performance open air intake, a bespoke powertrain control module, and a bigger 87-mm throttle body.
Specs That Matter
Ford claims a top speed of 163 mph, and while the automaker doesn’t put out official zero to 60 mph times, we know it does that dash in under four seconds—supercar territory not that long ago. Opt for the Bullitt version of the Mustang GT and you get 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque from the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. That’s up 20 HP from a regular Mustang GT, though torque remains the same. The engine here uses the intake manifold and throttle bodies from the Shelby GT350.
The Bullitt Mustang comes only in V8 GT Fastback form and only with a six-speed manual transmission, topped with a white cue ball shift knob, of course. If you want this package with the new 10-speed automatic, convertible or the EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder engine, you’re out of luck. I’d say sorry but I don’t actually feel bad for you.
It had less low-end grunt than I expected—the sweet spot here is in the middle of the powerband, between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm—but it sings all the way to its 7,500 rpm redline. It’s fast, but manageable and never truly overwhelming. I think those people who keep crashing into crowds are really trying to do it. The Coyote 5.0 V8 under that long hood is a real gem, and truly refreshing to experience in our current era of turbocharged everything. A perfect combination of old-school American muscle and modern tech, it makes this Mustang quick enough to outpace damn near every other car you’re likely to encounter on your daily commute.
Ford will kick off deliveries of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt this summer.
In addition to pricing, Ford also confirmed that the Mustang Bullitt will deliver output of 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel. Thanks to its power, as well as a performance open air intake and the Mustang Shelby GT350’s intake manifold, the Mustang Bullitt will be able to hit a top speed of 163 miles per hour—8 mph faster than the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.
What Ford has yet to confirm is quantity given its limited-edition status, as well as the triple-digit VIN of the first production model recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, it’s fair to assume that the final number of Mustang Bullitts built will be quite small. All the more incentive to snatch one up right now if you’ve got the chance they’re liable to move faster than … wait for it … a speeding Bullitt.
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Not optional? Its six-speed manual transmission. Can’t row your own? Then you don’t get to play Frank Bullitt. I’m perfectly fine with that. Its slick cue ball shifter would look weird on a slushbox lever, anyway. The only beef to be had with the manual, aside from some general clumsiness to its shifts, is the inability to turn off the rev-matching downshift feature with an actual button. As Mustang chief engineer Carl Widmann put it, “When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have. It has to have the right attitude and it has to be unique in some way from a Mustang GT. More than anything, it has to be badass.” There’s room to quibble with just how badass the new Bullitt might be if it were trying to chase down, say, a Camaro SS 1LE instead of a Charger. But there’s no doubt that taken on its own merits and as a tribute to a film legend that a normal person can afford to park in their driveway, the new Mustang Bullitt is as badass as it gets.
At dusk, Ford corrals the assembled journalists into a cocktail reception at a resort north of San Francisco. Naturally, the bourbon at the open bar is Bulleit. I spend some time chatting with the Ford company reps, all of whom are thrilled to be here, driving this car on the very streets that made it famous. We watch scenes from the 1968 film, we play Bullitt trivia games, we race Bullitt slot cars, and we shoot pool using a custom cue ball with the six-speed transmission mapped on it. We talk about the Mustangs of our youth. I tell them how I learned to drive behind the wheel of my parents’ 1988 Mustang GT convertible, which makes us all smile.
When I ask the Ford guys about the differences between this Bullitt Mustang and the other current Mustangs, they rattle off a few stats but ultimately settle on one point: The key thing this car offers is a visceral experience different from what you get in other Mustangs. When you roll down the window and hear the engine kicking, when you feel the exhaust note curl up the small of your back, when you look down and see that cue ball, you’re getting something wholly unique. It’s fresh and rare and you can’t replicate it in any other car. The original ’68 fastback, which has its own vibe, doesn’t come close. The souped-up Mustang GT doesn’t take you there either. The Bullitt is its own singular and delicious brand of silly.