Will there be another Bullitt Mustang in the near future? There could be, if we base our conclusions on the recent accidental leak of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt’s existence.
Hitting the big screen in 1968, Bullitt is definitely one of the epic and classic films ever shown. Its iconic importance has been cemented by the fact that it was selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as Bullitt is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Sharing the same legend as the film’s main protagonist (Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen) is the car that he drove during the now epic car chase – a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. Commonly called as the Mustang Bullitt, this epic car has been resurrected many times in forms of commemorative editions in 2001 and 2009. Ford built 5,582 examples of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001 and followed it up with 816 units in 2009. Because of its epic status, it is no wonder that motorists from a whole new generation are still excited about the prospect of a new Mustang Bullitt appearing in the near future. However, Ford has been silent on whether there is indeed an endeavor to recreate a Mustang Bullitt, as derived from the latest generation of the Ford Mustang.
Here came Dwayne Johnson -- who is better known as The Rock – and his usual antics. Johnson recently uploaded a short video clip (running for around five minutes and 40 seconds) in his YouTube channel describing his experience at a Ford facility in Detroit. The video is essentially some sort of behind-the-scene clip for Johnson, who is shooting some scenes for a couple of commercials for Ford. But it turned out that his clip inadvertently leaked the existence of an upcoming Ford Mustang Bullitt – thanks to a member of the Mustang6G forums.
If you want to see the leak, please jump to the 3:07 mark of the video. From there to the 3:13 mark, you could notice some posters on the background. A few of these posters show a dark green Ford Mustang. This Mustang seems to be the current model, judging from its front and rear ends. At first, you may think that this is regular Mustang just wrapped in a color similar to that of the 1968 Bullitt Mustang. But, a closer inspection on the badge mounted on the center section of the car’s rear end reveals a familiar logo. Yes, it is the crosshair-style Bullitt badge!
If indeed this is the new Mustang Bullitt, the question would be when Ford might commence its sales. The answer could never be simpler – 2018. Why? It is simply because 2018 marks the golden anniversary of the Bullitt film, thus that epic car chase will soon be celebrating its 50th birthday. For now, Ford might be silent about it, but we believe that it is planning to launch the new Mustang Bullitt as a commemorative 50th anniversary model.