Apparently re-launching an iconic Mustang brand from a 1960s Steve McQueen movie isn’t just a good thing for the Boomer generation. The Ford Mustang has been around for 55 years for a reason. The secret sauce has always been Ford’s ability to come out with different variations, and never stop production for a car that has a hardcore following of enthusiasts.
In 2018 the company brought back the Ford Bullitt Mustang, based on the car McQueen drove in the 1968 movie Bullitt (he drove a Mustang GT fastback), and response to the car in Canada was obviously good enough the company bought it back this year as well, for a 2020 version.
Anyone who has driven it will speak to its raw power – 5.0-litre, V8 with 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, so it reaches a top speed of 163 mph. The appearance screams “cool”, with its classic dark highland green exterior paint and understated chrome accents. Inside the gear shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching features a white cue ball shift knob – a tip of the hat to the original.
There’s a “wow” factor sound to the engine when down-shifting. “When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have,” says Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. 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.”
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