Remember the Ford Mustang Bullitt? The special edition ‘Stang made its debut at the Detroit motor show in January, sharing the stage with the original 1968 Fastback that was driven by the late man totem himself, Mr Steve McQueen.
Predictably, the internet exploded, only for British muscle car fans to wonder whether this most American of muscle cars – and the third such model to pay tribute to the car from iconic movie Bullitt – would ever make it across the pond. Well, wonder no more folks, because Ford has confirmed the Mustang Bullitt is coming to the UK and it will be available in right-hand drive.
Making its debut at the Geneva motor show, the European-spec Mustang Bullitt has immediately become the coolest car Ford of Europe makes, Lego Mustang included. In the metal, its road presence is multiplied tenfold over the standard car by the lack of chrome, gaping badgeless grille and Dark Highland Green paint; a deep metallic that was colour-matched to the original car’s boot. Ford says you can also order your Bullitt Mustang in Shadow Black, but really, you shouldn’t.
Other visual exterior tweaks include dark 19-inch alloy wheels, red painted Brembo brake calipers and a supersized Bullitt badge where the original car’s petrol cap was located. European-spec versions also receive markedly improved clear indicator lenses, front and rear.
Inside, there is a Bullitt-branded steering wheel, Recaro leather seats with green contrast stitching, a white eight-ball gearknob and an electronics package which adds sat nav, blind spot monitoring and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
There’s no talk of EcoBoost engines here, either. The Mustang Bullitt will only be available in one flavour: a 5-litre V8 with a manual six-speed gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Thanks to a recalibrated ECU, bigger throttle bodies and improved induction, power has increased by 14bhp over the standard Mustang, to develop 458bhp and 388lb ft of torque.
Ford hasn’t mentioned prices yet but when deliveries start this summer, expect a slight premium over the £38k asking price for a Mustang GT. Just be sure to still have enough budget left over for your McQueen regulation rollneck and sports jacket.