07/11/2007 00:00 | By By Henry Biggs

Revealed: new Bullitt Mustang



Ford Mustang Bullitt on the streets of San Francisco (© image © Ford)

Popping over to New York for a spot of shopping seems to be all the rage at the moment, thanks to a freefalling dollar and cheap flights.

Well for any movie buffs planning on hopping the Atlantic, rather than stocking up on DVDs, may we suggest picking up one of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt special editions?

GALLERY: Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford Mustang Bullitt on the streets of San Francisco (© image © Ford)

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The car is being built to celebrate 40 years since Frank Bullitt, played by the unutterably cool Steve McQueen, prowled the streets of San Francisco to a 4/4 beat provided by Lalo Schifrin. Bullitt, despite a plot packed with more holes than the typical British suburban street and a car chase as famous for its bloopers as its action, made an instant classic out of McQueen's car, a 1968 Mustang GT in Dark Highland Green - this colour and black are the only colours offered on the new car.

Classic images of Steve McQueen in Bullitt

Ford Mustang Bullitt engine (© image © Ford)

Based on the standard Mustang GT, the Bullit, in true Hollywood fashion, is largely a case of style over substance which means its 4.6-litre V8 offers a modest 15bhp and 5lb/ft hike thanks to a new cold-air intake and a revised exhaust. This last has been specially tuned, using a remastered print of the film to match the new car's sound to that of the McQueen car. Ford is claiming that the power boost, along with a unique 3.73:1 rear axle ratio, is enough to cut the 0-60mph dash by three-tenths of a second. A front strut brace, revised suspension, more powerful brakes and unique 18-inch alloys should help counteract some of the more wayward characteristics of that live rear axle.

Ford Mustang Bullitt badge (© image © Ford)

The power is fed in traditional Mustang style to a to the rear wheels but rather than a slushbox, the Bullitt received a five-speed Tremec manual, the lever topped with a machined aluminium gearknob. The metallic theme continues with an aluminium centre console, air vent and gauge surrounds and pedals. Inside and out the Mustang pony emblem has disappeared, replaced with an unadorned honeycomb grille up front and at the rear and on the steering wheel boss with a badge with the 'Bullitt' name inside a stylised gunsight. So how much to you transatlantic shopping trippers? $31,075 or just £14,797 but be quick as only 7,700 are being made.

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