If you’re a car enthusiast, you probably notice when a movie prominently features an automobile. From James Bond’s Aston Martin to the Batmobile, cars have always played a large part in cinema, but no vehicle is more iconic than the Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the classic 1968 film “Bullitt.” In honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie, Ford has released a special-edition Bullitt Mustang that brings the classic style of the movie car into the modern era. Here are a few things about this vehicle that both car lovers and cinephiles alike should know.
Engine Power Straight Out of the Movies
Steve McQueen was one of the most recognizable movie stars in his day, but in the movie “Bullitt,” it was actually his Mustang that was the star. The reason for this is that the most memorable scene in the film is a car chase through San Francisco during which McQueen pursues another car around tight turns and over steep hills.
Achieving this iconic sequence wouldn’t have been possible without an ultrapowerful engine, and the special-edition Bullitt Mustang offers even more engine power so you can feel like you’re up on the silver screen. This Mustang model is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces up to 480 horsepower, perfect for any action star.
In addition to this engine, the Bullitt Mustang also offers several performance features that would make a real-life car chase a breeze. The manual transmission, just like McQueen used in the movie, lets you quickly and easily slide into gear, and selectable-effort electric power steering assist makes driving simple, even on the hilly streets of San Francisco.
Combination of Old and New Style
Signature exterior style is another reason the Mustang from “Bullitt” has stuck with audiences and carheads for 50 years. Understanding this, Ford’s re-imagined Bullitt Mustang combines classic features from the movie car alongside modern touches every driver will love.
First of all, the 50th anniversary Bullitt Mustang offers the unique Highland green paint color straight out of the movie, allowing to you make a big impression whenever you take a drive. The special-edition model offers an updated version of the fastback body style of the original movie car, and this vehicle also offers red brake calipers for an even bolder appearance.
Upgraded Interior Features
While the outside of this vehicle is designed to reflect images of the movie “Bullitt,” the interior offers amenities that McQueen could have only dreamed about when shooting the car chase scene. A standard heated steering wheel, for example, can keep your hands warm on cold days, and the 12-inch display provides all the information you could want about your vehicle. This special-edition Mustang also includes track apps to help you monitor performance and a reverse sensing system that makes backing up a breeze.
If you dream of being in Steve McQueen’s shoes every time you watch the movie “Bullitt,” you can finally make those dreams a reality by driving Ford’s special-edition Bullitt Mustang created in honor of the film.
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