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Watch: Ford brings new Mustang Bullitt to Europe in honour of Steve McQueen

By Paul Connolly

Ford has unveiled a special European edition of the new Mustang Bullitt – with the UK and Ireland getting a share of sales of the stunning four-seater fastback GT.

Unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show, the Mustang Bullitt was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Holywood blockbuster of the same name starring screen icon Steve McQueen.

The Warner Bros. film ‘Bullitt’ featured one of the most epic car chases in movie history.

Almost 10 minutes long, the original iconic sequence follows Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Mustang GT as he chases two hitmen through the streets of San Francisco.

The new European model gets its own YouTube video featuring McQueen’s grandchildren in an Alpine car chase.

The 2018 Bullitt is powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced with an Open Air Induction System to deliver an anticipated 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque.

It comes in a choice of Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green exterior colours, and also features 19-inch Torq Thrust-style wheels, red Brembo brake callipers and a faux Bullitt fuel-filler cap.

Production of the car, said to have a top speed of 163mph – 8mph faster than the standard Mustang GT - starts in the US in June.

The interior will feature Ford’s 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and will offer Recaro sports seats.

Interior seat-, centre console- and instrument panel-stitching will reflect the exterior colour choice, and each Mustang Bullitt will feature an individually numbered plaque in place of the traditional Mustang emblem on the passenger-side dashboard.

Ford’s Steven Armstrong said: “Nothing captured the spirit and excitement of Mustang quite like that amazing car chase in ‘Bullitt’.

 “The new Mustang Bullitt will pack a similar punch when it goes on sale this year with more power, exciting new features like rev-matching and B&O PLAY audio, and – just like Steve McQueen – dripping with understated cool.”

Ford enlisted the support of third-generation members of the McQueen family, Chase and Madison, to unveil the new Mustang Bullitt Europe edition.

Steve McQueen’s grandchildren – supported by their father, Chad McQueen – starred in their own car-chase scene set in the Swiss Alps surrounding Geneva, pretending to escape an Alpine paparazzo after a photo-shoot.

“At home we're surrounded by memorabilia and reminders of our grandfather's role in ‘Bullitt’, and we've watched the film more times than I can remember, so to be part of launching the third-generation Mustang Bullitt here in Europe has been a special experience,” said Chase McQueen.

“Our dad, Chad, taught us to drive in Fords along the Californian coastal roads, so it’s been amazing working alongside him and this new car.

Madison McQueen added:  “We were over the moon that Ford and the Steve McQueen estate were recently able to donate the first new Mustang Bullitt VIN 001 for auction, raising $300,000 for charity.”

The 2018 version of the car also harks back to a 2001 Mustang Bullitt model made in association with the movie company.

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