Getting Back To The Spirit of Driving With The 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustang
There comes a time where an icon is reborn.
Could be in sport, music or entertainment. Usually, it’s years and years of high-level competition, an iconic scene or a feeling you get when you see something on the big screen.
50 years go by and if people still talk about it, desire to see it and still ask questions about it, it’s an icon.
We spent a week with an icon, a movie star in many ways. A car that has been shaped many times over the years, but it’s spirit still remains. Over 10,000,000 Mustangs made off the Ford production line, there is only one small number of Bullitt Mustangs, made for one purpose only, driving.
Wouldn’t you agree that we have somewhat lost the essence of driving?
Feeling in full control of a car?
It’s something that seems a be a bit on the backburner with cars in the current landscape. A lot of cars seem to be more computers with wheels making everything easier. A lot of cars almost feeling like you are driving one big smartphone in many ways.
The 2019 Mustang Bullitt has a lot of good technology that doesn’t get in the cars way. These settings respond to when asked, by the stay in the corner for the rest of it.
The raw enthusiasm of the 2019 Bullitt Mustang comes from a 5.0L V8 engine outputting 480 hp engine, 20 horsepower more than the Mustang GT, which throws out a lot of beautiful, guttural, muscle car orchestral noise (if you let it).
We talked to the chief engineer who designed the 2019 Bullitt Mustang and he said there were some subtle changes to bring some new energy to the automotive movie star. They have added bright red Brembo performance brakes to really add to that performance.
The car itself comes only in dark green or black. Both very spirited in stature.
To test out the 2019 Bullitt Mustang in more of its natural environment, like many Canadians with cars who want to open them up, you get out of the city. You head north.
We took the Bullitt Mustang up to Orangeville, Forks of The Credit and Hockley Valley, to see what the reaction was through smaller towns, curvy open roads, and straightforward highways. All performed well and it’s really great knowing you can pretty much overtake any car you want at any time.
A Few Things To Note
The Bullitt Mustang isn’t for everyone, it’s for a select few that like to relive the feeling of real driving in recent times.
- The car is all stick manual
- The car can be very loud, which is great (even though there is a quiet mode in the settings)
- This car is very powerful to the point where you can basically skip gears when shifting if you pick up enough speed
The car has nice added touches that are a great homage to the original Bullitt Mustang driven by Steve McQueen. The 2019 version doesn’t have a Ford badge on the front, has the cue ball stick shifter, and the sounds are tuned to be more like the original compared to a standard Mustang.
See our LXRY Cinematic below:
Word to the wise: be careful peeling out of spots with the tires cold, you are going to see the back whip out.
The Bottom Line
This is the return of the muscle car, in our opinion.
The 2019 Bullitt Mustang has more power than a standard Mustang GT by 20 horsepower and the sound that comes out of this car is something to mention again. You can hear it in the video above, it’s amazing. Sure, you can tone it down with settings, but you can always ramp it up more. The moment you feel yourself going through a tunnel, you will soon realize, this is that feeling when people in the years of the muscle cars were talking about. Unadulterated power and adrenaline created. The 2019 Bullitt Mustang is a very fun car to drive and is still very desirable. People who love driving will love this car and it’s the perfect second/weekend car for some fun overpowering some winding roads.
Be sure to look down from time to time at how fast your going because it makes 100km/h feel like 40km/h. It’s very, very comfortable with speed, just like an action star is.
Prices for the 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustang start at $46,595. Learn more about the 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustang through their website.
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