The Bullitt’s 5.0-litre V8 is from the standard GT model, but upgrades push power and torque to 475bhp and 420lb ft respectively – 65bhp and 29lb ft up on the standard car – delivering a 262kph top speed. The extra performance has been liberated by allowing the engine to breathe more freely through a new induction system that features a GT350-spec intake manifold that’s paired with throttle bodies. The engine’s ECU has also been remapped to make the most of the greater flow of fuel and air.
A manual six-speed gearbox is the sole transmission available, which directs power to the rear wheels through a torsen limited-slip differential courtesy of the standard-fit, Performance Package. Also part of the package are: heavy-duty front springs, a K-brace, a thicker rear anti-roll bar and Brembo brakes. The active valve performance exhaust – an option on the GT – has been specially tuned to deliver a deeper note that’s more akin to the original car’s.
The dark highland green paint finish and Torque Thrust 19-inch wheels – shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres – ape the 1968 Mustang Bullitt, while other design cues inspired by the original include the chrome-surrounded, black grille and windows. Badging has been kept to a minimum to maintain the minimalist design brief. Talking about the Bullitt’s aesthetics, Mustang chief designer Darrell Behmer said, ‘this new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool.’ ‘It’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.’
The interior also has subtle features echoing the car Steve McQueen drove. The white cue ball gear-knob is the most obvious addition, but buyers also get black leather seats with contrasting green stitching. The options list is fairly short, comprising Magneride suspension, a tech pack, Recaro seats and Shadow Black as an alternate paint finish.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk