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Ford Mustang Bullitt Surprises in Detroit

Ford Mustang Bullitt Surprises in Detroit

Though Steve McQueen's performance in the film Bullitt was certainly memorable, for many the real star was the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 used to great effect in the epic vehicle chase through the streets of San Francisco. The actual vehicle McQueen drove in the film was even brought on to the stage, snarling and spitting its angry dual exhaust - again, a little like the new auto that, according to Ford, will have "at least 475 horsepower" and 420 lb. -ft. of torque, making it quicker than the current Mustang GT.

"As a special-edition model due out this summer, the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original", Ford said in a statement.

The new Bullitt vehicle comes as the classic film starring Steve McQueen celebrates its 50th birthday. Finished in the same Dark Highland Green, it is also devoid of spoilers or badging. "It doesn't need to scream about anything - it's just cool". The Bullitt Electronics Package includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. On the back, the Bullitt's standard petrol cap has been replaced with the original Bullitt's false one which shows how important that model was.

A national tour of the '559 "Bullitt" Mustang is also being organized by the HVA and will be announced in the near future.

With the announcement that a 2018 Mustang "Bullitt" is on its way, it seems a fitting time for Ford to reveal that it's also found the original Bullitt auto. The US vehicle maker unveiled a new limited-edition Mustang Bullitt. The second of just three factory options is Ford's MagneRide semi-active suspension, and the third is a pair of Recaro black leather sports seats.

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"It's bad-ass", she said.

Ford managed to find the second original Ford 1968 Mustang GT fastback that Steve McQueen was driving in the film.

Sean inherited the auto in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974. Moreover, while the obvious focus will be on the car's styling - more on that in a sec - Widmann has been true to his word in offering something unique under the skin, too. "It just kind happened with life".

The special edition Mustang pays homage to the movies' most famous Pony Car; comes with 482hp and is capable of hitting a claimed 262kph.

The 1968 movie is remembered for a classic chase scene, 10-minutes of McQueen powering the Mustang through the hilly streets of San Francisco.