Ford shows off new and original Bullitt Mustangs

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During the car's unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the original Mustang Bullitt hero vehicle made an appearance after 40 years of speculation over its whereabouts. Pretty cool stuff, huh?

Think of a famous vehicle from a movie and there's a good chance that the '68 Ford Mustang GTO Fastback from Bullitt is somewhere near the top of the list.

The all-new 2019 Ford Mustang BULLITT will be available in the summer of 2018.

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An active valve performance exhaust is standard with NitroPlate tailpipe tips that give it that signature V8 exhaust burble. There are also subtle chrome accents found on the grill and window and 19-inch Torque Thrust wheels in order to pay homage to the original Bullit Mustang. The new Mustang reaches a top speed of 163 miles per hour.

When Steve McQueen's now infamous movie Bullitt hit the big screen in 1968, it was a given that the Mustang-Versus-Charger chase scene was cool as all get-out.

Ford fits the 2019 Bullitt with a new open-air induction system and a Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and a special powertrain control module calibration for more power. Ford fit a manual transmission and a white cue ball shift knob to the new limited edition. There's also a standard active exhaust upgrade with black exhaust tips, while certain elements - such as the chrome accents give direct reference to the original 1968 GT 390 movie auto, along with the unique steering with the Bullitt logo.

The Mustang Bullitt uses minimal badging, with only a circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear centre visible on the exterior, and exterior paint choices are limited to Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green as worn by the 1968 Mustang GT fastback that featured in the movie. The Bullitt Electronics Package includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. 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.

It went under the radar for many years until it recently resurfaced when inherited by Sean Kiernan from his late father in 2014.

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