Ford honored Sunday an iconic model before the Detroit auto show, revealing a new Mustang Bullitt GT in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Steve McQueen’s movie of the same name.
Molly McQueen, McQueen’s granddaughter, emerged from the car at a press event amid cheers, saying the latest model is channeling her grandfather.
“It\’s dirty ass,” she says. “I love that he wanted the car to be accessible to a lot of people, he wanted people to capture the pleasure of driving in the street.
It\’s de-badged, with 19-inch wheels and a manual transmission, she said. The new V-8 is “minimalist” and more powerful than a Mustang GT.
And while the new Mustang was on stage, Ford released the original Bullitt Mustang from the movie.
The return of the Mustang limited edition has been rumored for weeks, with growing speculation due to a Barett-Jackson listing for a “new special Ford Mustang” for sale on Jan. 19. The proceeds from this sale would go to charity, according to the list.
The Bullitt nameplate honors the 1968 fastback model, Steve McQueen drove in the movie “Bullitt”. Ford released the first Bullitt Mustang in 2001, offering the vehicle in a dark green shade that was used in the film. The Blue Oval also published a Bullitt edition in 2008.