The Bul­litt is back!

Steve McQueen’s Mus­tang is re­born in a new avatar

Evo India - - BRIEFING -

STEVE MCQUEEN SAID, “WHEN I be­lieve in some­thing, I fight like hell for it”. Ford has done enough this time to prove him right. For 40 long years the orig­i­nal Mus­tang used in the 1968 Hol­ly­wood flick ‘Bul­litt’ was miss­ing, sit­ting in var­i­ous states of dis­re­pair, un­til its owner con­tacted Ford in 2016. The tim­ing was per­fect, be­cause when Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Mus­tang Bul­litt, the orig­i­nal 1968 green 'Stang rolled on stage too at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show. And the un­veil­ing was done by… wait for it… Molly McQueen, grand-daugh­ter of Steve McQueen! Got a healthy dose of nos­tal­gia yet?

The lat­est Bul­litt is more pow­er­ful than a reg­u­lar Mus­tang GT and is de-badged just like the orig­i­nal car. It is pro­pelled by the same 5-litre, V8, NA mo­tor that does duty in the reg­u­lar Mus­tang, though it has been pumped up to pro­duce max­i­mum power of 474bhp (up by 23bhp) and a peak torque of 569Nm. A six-speed man­ual 'box is the only choice for the Bul­litt giv­ing the op­tion for McQueen fans to dou­ble-clutch down­shift, just like in the movie. And it even gets the cool, cue ball shifter knob!

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