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A Timely Throwback: The 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Was Revealed 18 Years Ago

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2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt

It’s Throwback Thursday—which, as you know, slots in perfectly after Woman Crush Wednesday and TGIF, the night where ABC airs all the hits you love the best—and it’s a particularly apt one given this week’s double-whammy of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt reveal and the reemergence of the 1968 Ford Mustang GT that was driven by Steve McQueen in the film Bullitt.

It was a scant 18 years ago today that Ford revealed to the world the 2001 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt. Like the new Mustang Bullitt, the 2001 Mustang Bullitt was offered in Dark Highland Green, matching the same hue as the Mustang GT McQueen muscled through the streets of San Francisco in a nearly 10-minute-long chase scene that 50 years later still stands as one of the greatest in film history.

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2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt and 1968 Ford Mustang GT

Interestingly, the 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt was actually quite a bit less potent than the original: whereas the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback’s 390 cubic inch (6.4-liter) V8 engine generated 320 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque, the 2001 Mustang Bullitt’s 4.6-liter V8 put out just 265 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.

The 2008-2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt also fell short of the original, pumping the 4.6-liter V8 up to 315 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.

Photos: 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt will not only top the output of the original Bullitt Mustang, but it will do so handily with 475 horsepower—though it will still generate just a touch less torque at 420 lb-ft. It’s set to launch this summer, so start saving up now.
While quantities of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt could be as low as triple digits if the VIN 001 up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this week is any indication, approximately 6,500 examples of the original 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt were produced, which means you might still be able to pick one up today fairly easily.

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Four Generations of the Ford Mustang Bullitt