Ford is ready to electrify the North American International Auto Show – along with the 2019 Ranger they also presented the eagerly-anticipated 2019 Mustang Bullitt, and also shocked the audience with the news of return of the legendary Mach 1 nameplate.
First things first – the model we knew about it was coming is the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, the official return of the iconic moniker derived from the legendary Steve McQueen movie that actually went out and about half a century ago. It’s of course derived from the 2018 Mustang GT, and the Mustang Bullitt has naturally been presented in the traditional green hue – and it’s also lacking any badges or exterior details, a direct nod to the original car that was first seen back in 1968. Steve McQueen’s granddaughter Molly took care of the unveiling, and also on stage was the original 1968 car driven by the movie star.
The Bullitt uses the GT’s 5.0-liter V8, but on this occasion it has been enhanced to more than 475 horsepower – there’s a new open-air induction system and 87mm throttle, along with the intake manifold from the Shelby GT350. There’s also a standard active exhaust upgrade with black exhaust tips, while certain elements – such as the chrome accents give direct reference to the original 1968 GT 390 movie car, along with the unique steering with the Bullitt logo.
In addition, Ford effectively shocked the audience – both figurately and “via the plug” – with the announcement it was reviving the beloved classic Mach 1 nameplate, on this occasion featured on an upcoming 2020… electric performance vehicle. With the release date two years in the future, Ford naturally didn’t give out too many details, though we can imagine the new Mach 1 will be an integral part of the promised range with “13 new global electrified vehicles” that should be out and about in the next half decade.