Lightning-fast McQueen Mustang
Ford Australia will keep the Mustang sales juggernaut rolling along when the rst batch of the Bullitt special edition models arrive in local showrooms in October. The 700-strong shipment of Mustang Bullitts lob downunder in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen lm that saw the Hollywood legend drive a 1968 Mustang Fastback in one of the silver screen’s most epic car chases.
Bullitt will be the fastest, most powerful Mustang sold by Ford Australia, with each example individually numbered and nished in Dark Highland Green with gloss-black Torq Thrust-style alloys.
Bullitt is based on the updated Mustang GT, manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan, and is offered exclusively as a V8 coupled to a sixspeed manual, true to the Mustang Fastback that hurled around the streets of San Francisco in the ’68 movie classic.
The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 has been upgraded to deliver 345kW and 556Nm via an open air induction system and intake manifold, with 87mm throttle bodies, Ford Racing air- lter and a Powertrain Control Module shared with the Shelby Mustang GT350.
Bullitt will have a manufacturer’s list price of $73,688.
Bullitt arrives in the wake of Ford Australia’s change of president/CEO. Graeme Whickman, a 20-year Ford Oz veteran, has resigned, with Kay Hart taking over the role. Hart was most recently Ford’s global battery electric vehicle manager.
Whickman steered the Ford Australia ship during a turbulent period in the company’s history, as it moved from being a local manufacturer to full vehicle importer. He also signed off on Ford’s support for the introduction of Mustang to Supercars racing for 2019 via DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.