Here’s How the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Compares to the Original 1968 Car [Video]

Forty years after the movie debuted, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt takes center stage.

Roman and Tommy flew out to California to drive the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. This being the third generation of the model, we wanted to see how Ford kept faithful to the original movie car from 1968. Fortunately, Ford found the owner of the original car from 1968. They brought him, and the car, out to the Bay Area to show how the new model takes its cues from the original design.

Exterior Appearance

On the whole, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt offers aesthetic changes from the standard GT. With the Bullitt package you have two paint color options: Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green. Ford also de-badged the front end of the Mustang Bullitt. The black painted grill features a chrome trim surround to give the grill shape extra pop. Moving towards the rear, the hood features two vents that are a throwback to the movie car. The wheels are special too, five spoke, black painted, 19-inch aluminum rims with a machined circle around the outside that somewhat matches the grill.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. [Photo: Ford]
With the Bullitt package, you also get red-painted Brembo calipers. Ford have also surrounded the side windows with chrome trim, for added bling. The rear has a new lower valence with black exhaust tips a-la Ford Raptor. More on that exhaust in a bit. Crucially, the back gets the classic Bullitt badge.

Interior Changes

Ford has given the interior of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt some some subtle, but noticeable changes as well. There is new brushed aluminum-style on the dash board. Plus, the steering wheel gets a Bullitt badge like the rear of the car. Perhaps the most eye-grabbing change is the cueball shift knob. One other interesting change is the special graphics that come with the 12-inch digital gauge cluster. The seats have green stitching and there are stamped aluminum doorsills.

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Performance Upgrades 

Ford wanted the Mustang Bullitt to look good, but the also wanted it to sound and drive really well. Thus, the Bullitt package adds some go fast bits to give the car a slight horsepower bump as well.

This Mustang Bullitt gets the exhaust manifold from the Mustang GT350. There is also a larger throttle body, 87 mm vs 82 mm on the standard Mustang GT. Plus, there is a high-flow, open airbox. The acoustic results mean that Ford doesn’t have to pipe in any additional sound, with so much natural sound up front.

Sound is great, but performance is what you really want from most engine upgrades. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is rated at 480 horsepower, 20 more than the standard Mustang GT.

Pricing & Options

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullit starts at $46,595, and there are a few options available. You can opt for the Bullitt Electronics package for $2,100. This gives you blind spot monitoring, Bang & Olufsen speakers, and a touchscreen system with navigation, plus a memory driver’s seat. You can opt for Recaro sport seats for $1,595. The other important option is the adaptive Magnaride suspension for $1,695.

Watch the Whole Video for More!

Roman and Tommy had the chance to interview a member from the original family who owned the 1968 Bullitt, as well as Carl Widmann, the new Mustang’s chief engineer. Watch the whole video to see all the cool stuff they talked about!

Tommy and Roman also had the chance to drive the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. Stay tuned to TFLcar for a full review coming soon! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more Mustang news, views and real-world reviews.