Special Editions: Bullitt Mustang and California Special
Special Edition Mustangs
In its storied history, the Ford Mustang has been treated to so many special editions it’s hard to keep track. 2004 Mystichrome Cobra, 1967 Ski Country Mustang, 1993 Wutang ‘stang, and 2015 Apollo 13 Mustang. Okay, I made one of those up, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that few vehicles in automotive history have been dressed up more times than the original pony car. Today, you can find custom ‘stangs from ROUSH Performance and, of course, Shelby. But Ford also offers a couple of in-house choices, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt and California Special.
2019 Mustang Bullitt
50 years ago, Steve McQueen’s action film Bullitt was released. In the film, McQueen, starring as Lt. Frank Bullitt, takes on organised crime with the assistance of a Highland Green 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. Together, the pair appeared in one of the greatest chase scenes in cinematic history. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film, Ford revealed one of the two original stunt cars which had been hiding in a paint salesman’s garage for decades. At the same time, Ford announced a new Mustang Bullitt based on the current model GT.
The 2019 Mustang Bullitt comes in the traditional Dark Highland Green paint colour and features a completely unique grille. Each Mustang Bullitt includes the GT Performance Package, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and unique black exhaust. Additionally, buyers can add the following options:
- Bullitt Electronics Package with nav, memory seats and mirrors, premium sound system, and BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
- MagneRide® suspension system
- RECARO® leather sport seats
Is there anything like driving down the Pacific Coast Highway pothole-riddled Ring Road with in a California Special? Just put The Eagles Greatest Hits in the CD player, lower the top, and set sail. Okay, the ethos of the California Special Mustang may not be overly congruous with Saskatchewan. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it.
On the outside of the California Special Mustang, you get the classic fading paint strip and a choice between some unique (and aggressive) paint colours like Velocity Blue and Need for Green. The paint choices are a throwback to the colours of the ‘60s and ‘70s, but the tech and performance are purely modern.
Inside, the California Special boasts the first B&O Play sound system to ever feature in a Mustang. It has 12 high-performance speakers and produces 1,000 precisely engineered watts. Like the Bullitt, the California Special is based on the Mustang GT. That means it also features the powerful 5.0L V8. But it also gets a unique improvement in the form of rev-matching on the six-speed manual. The new feature brings smoother performance and more accessible manual driving for enthusiasts.