Ford Motor Company this week announced that its hot new Ford Mustang Bullitt, made to pay homage to the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, will go on sale across The Old Continent for the first time. The car arrives just in time for Bullitt‘s 50th anniversary, celebrating one of the most iconic car chase scenes in cinematic history, in which Steve McQueen’s character Lt. Frank Bullitt chases the baddies up and down the hills of San Francisco in his Dark Highland Green Ford Mustang GT.
The European-spec Ford Mustang Bullitt made its debut Monday at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, fitted with essentially the same standard and optional features as the North American version shown in Detroit back in January. Like the US-spec Bullitt Mustang, Europe’s version can be had in either Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green, rolls on 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels that mask a set of red Brembo brake calipers, and touts a Bullitt faux fuel-filler cap. Its 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine is fitted with an Open Air Induction System, along with an intake manifold, 87mm throttle bodies, and a PCM calibration from the Shelby GT350, cranking up the output to an anticipated 458 horsepower and 390 lb-ft.
Inside, Europe’s new Ford Mustang Bullitt will pack a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a premium, 1,000-watt B&O PLAY audio system with twelve speakers. Seat, console, and IP stitching will match each car’s exterior color choice, and on the passengers side, an individually-numbered plaque will adorn the dashboard instead of the usual pony emblem.
“Nothing captured the spirit and excitement of Mustang quite like that amazing car chase in ‘Bullitt’,” says Ford Europe President Steven Armstrong. “The new Mustang Bullitt will pack a similar punch when it goes on sale this year with more power, exciting new features like rev-matching and B&O PLAY audio, and – just like Steve McQueen – dripping with understated cool.”
The all-new European Ford Mustang Bullitt will enter production this June, with sales starting before the end of the year.