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Ford Mustang Bullitt 2019 Review

We present the Ford Mustang Bullitt 2019 review. Who knows, this is a real legend, developed by the future president Chrysler. The overall impression is an ideal car for summer driving. Fast, fun and fierce. A pleasant experience of nostalgia.

For the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Bullitt film…

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Ford Mustang Bullitt was released in 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 film Bullitt. If you are not old enough to remember or have not seen the film, you need to see it. The film is known for one of the most iconic car chases in film history.

The stars of the movie are Steve McQueen and the 1968 Mustang Highland Green fastback. The car after the movie was released became a real hit among buyers. And it made the already successful Mustang even more popular at the time.

Now Mustang Bullitt is back. And now it is also a sports car, which any enthusiast and power lover would like to see in his garage…

At the weekend, we drove a 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt in Dark Highland Green.

Ford Mustang Bullitt: what’s new in 2019?

Ford was completely nostalgic and created the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. And you can say with confidence that they had fun doing it. The car is available in two colours: Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black. But it’s also hard to imagine that it wouldn’t get its signature green shade. The MKPP mechanism has a white handle in the form of a bit as a tribute to the original car.

Additional electronics package includes navigation, automation of seats and driver’s mirrors, upgraded sound system. From the driver assistance system there is the detection of dead zones with a warning of cross-traffic. The Ford MagneRide suspension and RECARO seats are the only thing technically left of the classic Mustang.

Features and options: true sleeper.

Ford Mustang Bullitt 2019 comes with black alloy wheels, adjustable front seats and rear parking sensors. The Performance Package is standard for Bullitt. It includes Brembo red brakes, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires.

The Performance Package gives your Bullitt an improved differential, larger radiator, stiffer front springs and a larger rear stabilizing bar. Our Bullitt comes with optional MagneRide adaptive suspension and blind spot control.

The test of the new Mustang Bullitt delighted us, but some of the distinctive features still remain, such as the spoiler. You can’t tell your friends that this coupe is a special edition or a high-performance model. It’s quite technically a trivial car, but it’s a legend.

Also added is a chrome finish around the side windows and grille. The only thing that gives it away is a special Crosshair sign on the back of Bullitt. Maybe the red Brembo brake calipers look very stylish, but that’s it.

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The optional electronics package

Our Bullitt came with an optional electronics package that included a high quality Bang & Olufsen audio system with 12 speakers and navigation. Our car was not for sale, and Ford did not provide any accurate pricing information. Based on our research and depending on the options, we can quote sales prices between $47,000 and $53,000. This amount will have to be paid if you intend to purchase a new Mustang Bullitt. Ford could get a lot more money from this coupe if he wanted to.

The main elements of the interior: V8 Symphony.

The first thing you have to consider is the careful parking of your Bullitt! The owner will have to take care of the magnificent Highland Green paint. We also found out very quickly that long doors make it difficult to enter and exit a low mustang. If you have rear passengers in the car, they must be the height of a child, with a different height it is difficult to access the rear seat.

Seat belts are another problem in this car. However, after you sit down, you will have a good adjustment range for steering and seat height. Which allows drivers of both high and low to feel comfortable…

We immediately noticed a white gear stick, and it reminded us of the old original Mustang. Our Bullitt came with a green interior, 12-inch LCD and a heated steering wheel.

The salon is spacious enough in front and there is enough space for elbows to feel comfortable. Everything is well thought out and the quality of the assembly is solid, although there is some plastic. The fit and finish is well done, without annoying rattles, which distract from the pleasant sounds of the 5.0 V8 engine.

Visibility inside the Mustang isn’t as good as you’d expect from a bevelled roof coupe. Decent side mirrors help reduce typical blind spots, and we appreciate a standard rearview camera when driving in tight spaces. Given that the rear seats create restrictions for passengers, this is a great place for extra storage.

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Engine and fuel performance

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a sweet 5.0-litre V8 with open air intake system and Shelby GT350 intake manifold. Although the torque remains the same as that of the current Mustang GT (420 lbs), the engine power is increased to 480 hp. The Bullitt comes with a six-speed manual transmission only, and the machine is not available.

Driving dynamics: Ideal for those who love cars

The power from Mustang Bullitt is not on schedule, and the sound from double exhaust is even better. We’ve reduced the power of the V8 and heard a revolving system that pleasantly caresses your ears. You can’t drive this Mustang without a big smile on your face! Any driver will know, thanks to the special sounds, that this is a special car.

We had a very good time this weekend. We had many friends who couldn’t wait to take a ride with us. After several trips, we seriously thought about charging entrance fees! Everyone we knew wanted to feel the brute force and hear the hoarse growling from this 5.0 V8.

We pushed Bullit hard near Denver, and it gave us everything we could ask for. The MagneRide suspension provides enough stability at high speeds, and short manual transmissions are rare in many cars today. The Bullitt is a special car for rare occasions. As an ordinary driver, you are likely to get a lot of fines.

Conclusion: We’ve had a perfect summer trip.

The Ford Mustang Bullitt 2019 is for enthusiasts who want a car for extreme entertainment. It should be the second car that ideally goes on the track on weekends. It’s the only way to experience the optimum performance this pony car can offer.

 

Mustang Background

The evolution of Ford Mustang

The first Ford Mustang immediately got into the “classic New World cars” as soon as it got off the assembly line. Since then, for 55 years this car legend has remained an iconic car, known all over the world.


The history of creation

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The car Ford Mustang owes its “birth” in many respects to the general manager of the company Ford Lido Jacocca.

The biography of this outstanding engineer and marketer is interesting enough in itself and is closely connected with “Mustang”. Lido joined Ford immediately after graduating as a design engineer. After working for nine months, he realized it wasn’t his calling, so he applied for a transfer to the marketing department.

Business wasn’t going well at the time, which is probably why Jacocca was able to find a place in Ford’s Pennsylvania office. However, the young marketing engineer was able to quickly prove himself on the positive side, showing that he could think strategically, calculating the distant consequences and prospects of his marketing programs.

Jacocca paid close attention to what potential buyers could expect from the company’s cars.

Perhaps Lee Jacocca was a pioneer in marketing research; in any case, no one before him had conducted such major analytical work on the existing market.

Jacocca suggested that, as a result of the post-war birthrate spike in the next decade, the U.S. car market will see about 11 million young drivers who will need a car.

Ford Mustang was designed to meet the needs and moods of the very young aspiring drivers whose aspirations were so masterfully defined by the marketer.

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1964 – 1973: first generation

The first Mustang was developed taking into account results of marketing research which have shown: the buyer wishes to see the car similar to legendary ThunderBird, but more democratic class.

As a basis, sports model Chevrolet Corvair – Monya which has attracted attention of engineers by the economy was taken.

The long hood and trunk of the short type gave the car external dynamism, and narrowed bumpers and a predatory nose “a la Maserati” added an aggressive note popular among young people.

The size of the car was inferior to other sports cars, and was designed for four people. There was a modification with a folding roof.

The first Ford Mustang came off the assembly line in Detroit on March 9, 1964. By the way, initially the creators wanted to name their brainchild “Cougar”, and only before the car was launched into mass production was the name “Mustang”, and the image of a cougar on the radia

tor shell is replaced by a silhouette of a mustang running from right to left on a red-white blue background, which symbolizes the colors of the flag of the United States of America.

The developer of the logo was Philip Thomas Clarke, a famous car designer.

Initially, the Mustangs of the first generation were equipped with a 2.8-liter eight-cylinder power unit with an output of 271 hp. Power of the engine was constantly increasing: sports modifications of the model GT-350 and GT-350R, developed together with engineers from Shelby American Inc, had 306 and 360 hp engines, respectively.


In 1966, the GT-350 engine was equipped with a mechanical supercharger, which after acceleration allowed the engine to increase power to 430 hp.
In the same year, the “GT-500” model was released – more powerful, with a standardized six-cylinder engine. The “G8” continued to use it, but it was just possible to order a V8 engine with 350 hp.


The appearance of the Ford Mustang literally charmed the market: the car sold extremely well, with lines lining up behind it. Thanks to this model, the car design, popular in the 30s – 40s, became fashionable again. Gradually, this fashion returned to the sector of prestigious expensive models.

Only by the end of 1964 681 thousand cars were sold, and in 1965 – another 600 thousand.

To understand what these figures meant at that time, it is enough to say that the sales volume of Ford Mustang in those years was higher than the total sales of Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Chrysler and American Motors. The success of the Mustang also drew the attention of Americans to other Ford products.

The very first Mustang has a dramatic history. This pre-production car, created for promotional purposes, was illegally bought by Canadian airline pilot Stanley Tucker. Upon learning of this, Ford fired the dealer who had made the illegal deal and had long negotiations with the buyer, as a result of which Tucker still agreed to return the purchase, getting another car in return.

The Mustang #1 is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

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1974 to 1978: second generation

The second generation of Mustangs was almost the collapse of the whole model. The car was shortened to 445 cm, removed the V8 engine, offering in return:

  • a four at 89 hor
  • sepower the six at 106 hor
  • peight for 140 hp.

Neither the dynamics, nor the controllability of the second generation model, produced as a three-door hatchback or two-door coupe, let’s say, mildly, were pleased.

The developers have made an attempt to correct the situation by offering the buyer special versions of the model – Cobra-II and King Cobra, but in fact, nothing has changed in the car, except for the aerodynamic dressing and external fittings.

It would seem that the second generation can be unconditionally considered a complete failure. But this is not quite true. At that time, economic conditions were such that the Mustang-2 proved to be quite in demand for a certain period.

In the history of the model, the second generation is considered the most economical. Moreover, this generation has gone down in history as one of the most sold cars, despite its unimpressive size and engines.

1979-1993: third generation

The year 1979 was marked by the release of the third generation of “Mustang”. The basis of the model was the Fox platform.

The car became longer by 12 cm, lighter metal alloys were used for its production.

To the existing range of power units was added a turbocharged “four” of 2.3 liters and 118 hp. After restyling in 1983 the model was also available with a fuel injection engine with an output of 203 hp.

With all the positive changes, initially the third generation cars were sold out of hand badly. Neither special versions with inflatable engine, nor the returned “eight”, nor the top level restyling under the name Cobra were saved.

Mustang extended its life thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts who, despite the company’s plans to move the model to front-drive, made Ford give up and give the car another chance.

In 1983, the Mustang SVT sports car was produced. In this restyling, the model pleased motorists with a 4.9 litre and 240 hp power plant.

The third generation of Mustang SVT was produced for a decade and a half, making 2.6 million copies.

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1994 – 2004: fourth generation

The new generation was building everything on the same, really, reinforced Fox platform. The designers brought European body design to the model concept, while at the same time reviewing the classic exterior elements. In technical terms, the model has not received particularly revolutionary solutions.


In 1999, the exterior of the car received new changes. In particular, the level of interior soundproofing was significantly increased, there was a system that prevents slippage, and the top model Cobra began to be equipped with an independent rear suspension.


Until 2004, 1.6 million copies of the model have been produced.

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2005 – 2014: fifth generation

The fifth generation of Ford Mustang was a kind of revolution, finally returning the model to its original popularity.

The new body of the Mustang is again reminiscent of the first generation. Customers responded to the car’s redesigned contours with a sharp increase in demand: the fifth generation Mustang was once again in line, as it was in 1965.

In 2007, the Shelby GT500 with 500 bhp engine came off the assembly line, and a period began, which can safely be called the Ford Mustang Renaissance.

The fastest and most powerful version of the model was Shelby 500 of 2013. This vehicle was equipped with a turbocharged 5.8 liter engine with an output of 622 hp. Thanks to this power unit, for the first time in history Mustang could reach 322 km/h (200 miles per hour).

Paired with the engine worked manual or automatic five- or six-speed gearboxes.

However, the level of car sales after 2009 began to fall anyway: the conditions of the global crisis affected.

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2015: sixth generation

By 2015, Ford Mustang has deservedly become a global brand. After its debut in the U.S. markets, the model began to be sold at European car dealerships for the first time.

In the sixth generation, this legendary American sports car became the best-selling in its segment not only in the U.S., but also in the world.

Now the model is available in two versions: “American” and “European”. The first variant is equipped with “eight” for 460 hp, the second – with “four” for 310 hp.

The vehicle has an independent suspension. For the first time in the history of Ford production, the right-hand drive versions of the model were produced.

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2019: Shelby GT500

In 2019, Shelby offered the third generation GT500. However, the name of this model is not related to the company with the same name, but was used as a result of the license agreement to make the model more recognizable in the market.

Mustang-“five hundred” is equipped with an atmospheric engine called “Predator“. The declared power unit capacity is 2.6 liters – 700 hp, which is 45 hp more than the engine power in the model Ford GT. The dynamics of the model has also been announced: acceleration up to 100 km/h – in 3.5 seconds.


A manual gearbox is not provided here, preference is given to “automatic” for seven gears. The developers were especially proud of the customizable suspension with adaptive type shock absorbers Magne Ride.


This model is equipped with the largest brake discs, which are only used in sports cars in the USA: 420 mm on the front axle.

The cost of the new Ford Mustang coupe is not yet officially known, with sales scheduled to start this fall. Most likely, the “five hundred” will cost about $100 thousand.

Conclusion

Ford Mustang is a legend for several generations. This model was called by many fans of the auto world “defining life style”, the embodiment of style.

And the fact is not even that the Ford Mustang for many decades actively used in the film industry. Dynamism, beauty, rapidity of external contours, special chic and “American character” made this car, which experienced not only triumph, but also failure, “face” of the American automobile industry.