A remake of a remake of a remake: 2018 Mustang Bullitt?
Speculation abound that Ford is making a 2018 Mustang Bullitt. Recent spy photos lend credibility to those rumors.
dreammachines - Dec 07, 2017
McQueen was playing the role of no-nonsense San Francisco police detective, Frank Bullitt. The film is most revered in the automotive community for its 10 minute car chase featuring McQueen’s Highland Green Mustang and the bad guys in their sinister jet black 68 Dodge Charger R/T. Two of the finest examples of vintage Muscle cars going head to head at 110mph through the hilly streets of San Francisco.
The chase is still lauded as one of the best in cinema history and changed the way car chases were filmed from then on. The stripped down "look" of that '68 Mustang fastback became a cult hit with the car community. Hot-rodder’s began striping down their Mustangs and putting Torque Thrust wheels on their cars so their Mustangs looked like the "Bullitt" car. Though it wasn't called a "Bullitt" by Ford back in '68, Steve McQueen’s Mustang is the original.
Along these lines, Ford, Warner Brothers and the McQueen’s estate cooked up a "Bullitt" branded Mustang GT package in 2001. This car used the “New Edge” designed SN95 platform.
It was a huge hit.
It came in three colors: Black, True Blue and the movie car color, Dark Highland Green. They gave it a set of grey five spoke wheels that mimicked the look of the American Racing Magnesium Torque Thrust wheels on the original movie car.
The car also got a unique suspension and brakes, a revised intake, throttle body, and exhaust for a bump in performance over the GT car. The interior got unique retro style leather seats, a unique gauge cluster with retro font, an aluminum shift knob, and aluminum pedals. Each car was given a unique serial number for authenticity and collectability purposes.
This car is arguably even truer to the 68 GT 390 from the film. The car has no badges to identify it as a Mustang, no running pony in its grill and only a faux gas cap on the rear deck lid to identify it as a Bullitt. It is a very understated, yet sinister look. Once again the interior was given a retro treatment with unique instrument cluster as well as an aluminum short throw shifter, aluminum pedals, and a unique engine-turned dash panel.
This car also got a bunch of Ford Racing goodies including a revised cold air intake, exhaust, suspension, brakes and 3.73 gears. At the time it was Ford’s best-balanced Mustang, and it became the basis for the redesigned 2010 Mustang GT.
Ford recently released its mid cycle refreshed 2018 Mustang GT and by all accounts it is a remarkable car. The 50th anniversary of the film is in 2018 - so it would make sense that Ford would release a 2018 Mustang Bullitt.
A while back there were also some images leaked in a Ford web video featuring Dwayne Johnson (https://youtu.be/Ljk8SQsfAkk) that got people’s hopes up.
Moreover, just this week someone snapped a photo (http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/12/06/new-ford-mustang-bullitt-possibly-spotted-on-street.html) of a 2018 Mustang that looks, to these eyes, to indeed be a Bullitt:
I feel like the 2001 and even the 2008 Bullitt’s were still analog enough to capture some of the raw driving experience of the original car.
I’m not sure a 2018 Mustang GT will be able to truly channel that nostalgic feel. That’s not to say it won’t be a truly brilliant car - both the 2001 and 2008 Bullitt Packages were great performance cars in their day.
I guess only time will tell. Do you have any insights or speculations on the potential for a 2018 model?
Feel free to add your two cents in the comments below.
Written by Don Ford
All image sourced from Google Images.