The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Doesn’t Need Nostalgia To Be Great

by Lawana Perkins | Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Oh, I have fantasies; grand, ridiculous fantasies where everyone gets a yacht and there’s no such thing as a hangover. But one thing is consistent: I’m always me. I’m not James Bond, which is a problem when I’m driving my Aston Martin and people try to talk to me in bad English accents. And I’m not Marty McFly, which was a problem when I was driving my DeLorean and everyone thought they were the first person to ask about 88 mph. The saving grace to the owner of a 2001 or 2008 Bullitt edition Mustang is, without good dialog, there are no catchphrases.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Bullitt, the 1968 copudrama featuring a blue-eyed, brooding, Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt, is an objectively awful movie. The plot of the entire first 45 minutes of the film would fit neatly inside the opening credits in a modern film. Even the 12-minute chase, the most iconic film car chase of all time is just not good, especially when compared to the sequences in Ronin or The Transporter. Bond films can be campy, but they are definitely fun. Many film historians regard Back To The Future as “the perfect script,” and the movie itself is unequivocally great. But even with great films as a backdrop, nostalgia stinks. Imagine Aston actually tried to sell you an “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition” DBS Superleggera today. Yuck. Manufactured nostalgia stinks worse.

If you like Bullitt, and worship all things McQueen, I’m sorry. You probably love all this kitschy shit. But I like The Fast and The Furious a whole bunch, and I’ll talk the same smack if Toyota comes out with a F&F-themed Supra with chromes and the gladiator graphics on the side. Remember the Transformers Camaro? Cheesy is cheesy.

The dual-mode exhaust sounds loud and aggressive, though Ford says it’s unchanged from the standard GT. Neither is anything else, for that matter. Aside from the color, trim, horse delete from the grill, and 20hp, this is a Mustang GT PP1 that retails for $47,000. The rest is, more or less, what you make of it.

But if you can’t relate to this movie, that character, or the nostalgia of a mostly-standard 1968 Mustang with a couple bolt-on modifications, I’m with you, and I don’t get it either. But, you can feel mostly secure in the fact that the 2018 Mustang GT with Performance Pack and Mag Ride is an incredible performer for the money. It’s probably never been a better value than it is right now. If you lined up a drag race with the 1968 390-powered “Bullitt” GT, a 2001 “Bullitt” GT, a 2008 “Bullitt” GT and almost any Mustang at all from the current lineup, the new car would smoke them all by what I’d probably guess is an embarrassing margin. Why bother with manufactured nostalgia? The glory days are right now.


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