Ford confirms high-performance Mustang Shelby GT500 production for 2019

Inside there is a unique Bullitt welcome screen
Inside there is a unique Bullitt welcome screen
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19 January, 2018

Ford Motor Company pulled the wraps off the third-generation, limited-edition Mustang Bullitt, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen's classic film "Bullitt" at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Yet there's no such thing as a flawless product, and the new, 2019 Bullitt Mustang has a handful of (admittedly small) issues that, we feel, detract from its excellence. That stripped-down look is exactly what made the original so cool, after all. However, as Ford also says the "all new Mustang Shelby GT500 to attack tracks, drag strips in 2019", it might be more of a stripped-down track day auto than a comfortable and well-equipped daily driver as the Hellcats invariably are. Ford could bore out the engine to increase the power, but it's much more likely that forced induction will do the deed instead. "The gear shifter will feature a cue ball shift knob; a nod to the original", Ford said.

Wouldn't a nice, classic-looking set of analog gauges have been more appropriate? It has been owned by the same family since the movie studio sold it back in the early 70s, but the current owner was kind enough to bring the vehicle to Cobo Hall to display alongside the 2019 Bullitt Mustang. Classic-looking they are not, and they threaten to distract from the model's sharp Torq Thrust wheels.

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Finally, the most important upgrades of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt package are the go-fast bits. Buyers shouldn't be given the option of ruining their cars with that nonsense.

On Monday the automaker's head of global operations, Joe Hinrichs, announced that a new Mustang Shelby GT500 will find its way into showrooms next year. We hope that the statistics remain similarly skewed this time around.


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