Ford has announced that the new Mustang Bullitt will be coming to Europe and, with a bit of luck, it will arrive here in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen film.

Production of the European Bullitt is expected to start in June; the film of the same name celebrates 50 years since its release this October.

Power comes from an updated 5.0-litre V8 producing 464ps and 529Nm of torque, and benefits from an open air induction system, 87mm throttle bodies, and power-train calibration from the Shelby GT350.

A new rev-matching function ‘blips’ the throttle during downshifts, while an active valve in the exhaust system makes the most of the aural theatrics.

The Bullitt Mustang is available in a choice of Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green, matching that of the original 1968 Mustang Fastback made famous by the near 10-minute San Francisco car chase.

19-inch Torque Thrust wheels honour the original, too, together with red brake calipers and a Bullitt faux filler cap.

Inside, the car features Recaro sports seats, an individually number plaque, and a white cue ball shifter knob – again, a nod to the original car.

Bringing things more up to date is a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 1,000 watt B&O Play audio system with 12 speakers.

This is the third tribute Ford has paid to the near-legendary Bullitt movie – first in 2001, then again in 2008.  This car, however, marking the 50th anniversary, feels more special.

Production of right-hand-drive models is expected to begin in June, and although numbers are said to be ‘limited’ no exact figure has been specified.

Alex Kefford


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