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Limited-edition 2018 Ford Mustang BULLITT to sell in Australia

Ford Australia has announced it will sell the limited-edition Ford Mustang BULLITT in Australia following the launch of the refreshed Mustang.

NO DATE OR PRICING HAS been announced, but Ford Australia has said Australians will get the chance to buy the limited-run Mustang BULLITT which has been built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen film. And if you’ve never watched the 10min chase scene, you can below…

“Steve McQueen as BULLITT created a legend and Mustang BULLITT is the perfect way to salute an icon of the silver screen,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “We’re excited to offer Australian buyers the Mustang BULLITT, especially on the 50th anniversary of the legendary film.”

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Ford Australia is keeping quiet on details but we do know the Mustang BULLITT runs a tweaked 5.0-litre V8 making around 350kW. The thing is based on a Mustang GT and gets gear from the Premium and Performance variants available in the US. An active valve performance exhaust system is standard with new Black NitroPlate exhaust tips, and retuned to “give the car a signature burble”, as well as new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold. Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on the refreshed Mustang due here soon, but with a unique BULLITT welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony.

Exterior paint choices are limited to Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green – as worn in the movie. Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminium wheels, red painted Brembo brakes, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear centre is visible on the exterior.


8 Comments

  1. McF1
    March 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the Bullitt car chase.
    Wonder how car chase scenes will sound with electric only cars; not good I suppose.
    And in the distance future there will be car chase scenes with autonomous driver-less cars (no doubt some-one will hack into a driver-less car and drive of in it maybe using a play-station joy stick or maybe remotely steal it. And then cops will give chase in their driver-less car…..).

    Very much like this Bullitt Mustang. I would have it in the Dark Highland Green.
    The other day I was thinking that it would be great to own an I-Pace, now I am thinking that the Bullitt will do. But I also do like the Audi R8 RWS V10.

    Be intriguing what the RRP will be, and what the mark-up each dealer will put on it.
    It is a pity that Ford Aust’ allows each dealer to do their own mark-ups.
    If Mercedes, Porsche, and others have a waiting list the drive-away price remains the same. Each dealer cannot do an individual mark-up to capitalise on the demand (as I understand it).

    • Azmodan
      March 7, 2018 at 11:05 am — Reply

      Surely price will well over $70K, it will be closing on the HSV Camaro pricing which they hope to get in at around $80K if they can, but might be $90K

      • March 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm — Reply

        I’d suggest it’ll be very pricey.

        • Azmodan
          March 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm — Reply

          Look at say a $15K premium max over the regular stand it’d be tempting, but if it’s going to hit $80K, then the Camaro is a better car and for the money will be pretty highly specced as well.

          I’d buy the regular stang if Ford allowed us to option the recaros and better info centre.

  2. Ben Tate
    March 7, 2018 at 6:31 am — Reply

    GM needs to import a factory RHD Camaro as soon as possible to compete against the Mustang. How many Mustangs is Ford Oz selling every year? And what’s the GM alternative for Holden fans with $60k and needing to update their SSV?

    • Azmodan
      March 7, 2018 at 11:04 am — Reply

      Well you have to wait until all new Camaro is out. For at least next 2 years we get overpriced LHD conversions from HSV.

      • Ben Tate
        March 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm — Reply

        Azmodan. Yeah it seems that way. I bet GM wishes it had a RHD Camaro ready to go. The Mustang is certainly flying the Ford flag and it looks like they will have little opposition for 2 years.

        A RHD Camaro would have to help HSV too. I guess they’d prefer to be bolting LSA engines into Camaros … rather than doing RHD conversions?? Just a guess in my part. And if the Camaro is factory RHD the non HSV Holden version should be closer to the Mustang price?

        GM. Panameraise the Camaro by adding rear doors. Convert it to RHD. Flog it in Oz. And we’ll stop moaning about the loss of the V8 Commodore. Deal?

        • Azmodan
          March 8, 2018 at 7:39 pm — Reply

          My understanding is the all new Camaro will be sold by Holden dealerships and should be $20K cheaper than the ones converted by HSV. I’m not sure of the release date however.

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Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.