Friday, October 19, 2018
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the cinema classic "Bullitt" Ford has launched a limited edition of the Mustang with the same name. Of course with V8, of course as Fastback, of course in green – so far nothing new. But how does the car drive?
Only the poker button is an announcement. A billiard ball in classic ivory color. How cool is that? Exactly on such a part, Steve McQueen tore at that moment when he alienated Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in his Ford Mustang GT Fastback, probably the most legendary chase through the streets of San Francisco, once shown in a movie. Okay, later there were more. For example in "Ronin" by John Frankenheimer. Anyway. McQueen is Bullitt and Bullitt is Mustang.
A lot of black, a bit of chrome
Reason enough for Ford to launch a limited edition of the Mustang on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the film classic and to give the buyers a billiard bar button. Something like that also flatters the mind, raises thoughts of the "Roaring Sixties". It is far from the only detail that makes the Mustang GT Fastback a Mustang Bullitt. Much chrome is missing, the grill is black and without galloping wild horse there are no Ford emblems. Behind the black spokes of the custom-made 19-inch rims, Brembo's red calipers peep forward, a big contrast. In addition, the Bullitt on mixed tires, 255er before, 275er behind. And of course this special Mustang also has the special Dark Highland Green, in which the famous film car was once painted. Although Ford still incomprehensibly still offers Shadow Black. But those who take Bullitt and Mustang seriously remain green.
Fits in the interior. Black leather – unfortunately only a faux – with green stitched seams. At least the chairs are made of genuine leather. Recaro chairs are available on request. The brand name is embroidered in the backrests, naturally in green. And the final confirmation to sit in a Mustang Bullitt gives the view of the passenger side of the instrument panel. Here is a numbered Bullitt emblem. The word "Limited Edition" does not place the Ford strategists as close as is generally assumed. There is no exact number. It is said that many thousands of Bullitts run off the tires, depending on the demand. And that is high at the moment. That is certainly not only the low price of 52,500 euros, but rather the total package. Finding more cars for less is probably difficult.
Not without five liters V8
The central element is clearly the five liter V8. Although the normal GT the, but the Bullitt donated an extra ten horses. Because the now 460 hp would certainly have a McQueen – the man not only rode on the canvas races, but also privately – and did not say no. He also refused 529 Newton meters. Because with this Mustang the merciless hunting by San Francisco would have been considerably shorter. It only takes 4.6 seconds from zero to 100. McQueen would also have liked the adaptive but extra expensive suspension called "MagneRide". It adapts to the bumps in milliseconds and, in combination with the precise steering, the Fastback can go through the corners so quickly that it is pure joy.
The whole is suitably accompanied by a sound, because it can only produce American eight cylinders. The five liters offers a sound repertoire that is almost addictive. In addition, a crystal-clear six-speed transmission with automatic intermediate gas comes into response. Unfortunately, gear changes are rare. The Bullitt can be great between 30 and 200 km / h in third gear, white with its power almost nowhere. More macho, but also more fun do not go on a winding and empty country road.
If the tense engine noise still gives too little adrenaline, the twelve loudspeakers of his music system can pop up. By default, the Bullitt has a Bang & Olufsen 1000 watt sound system. That should be enough as a drone. And some time you can encourage you to press the "Line Lock" button. The big show. It blocks the front wheels for 15 seconds – that is a perceived eternity – while the rear rubber wraps the entire intersection with full tire smoke on full throttle. Burn-out syndrome. Film away!