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More Ford Mustang Bullitts coming to the UK

Mustang Bullitt production extended for 2020

The limited edition Bullitt Mustang is to live on into 2020 as Ford looks to take advantage of high demand. The full 2018 and 2019 quota filled quickly for the model. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Warner Brothers film, which starred Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt alongside a Highland Green Ford Mustang.

The car reportedly sold out immediately after its 2018 launch, prompting another production run. If you missed out the first time, be quick, as the new run is on sale now from £48,210. Deliveries are expected to begin in the UK early next year.

As a reminder, the Bullitt Mustang benefits from a lung upgrade for its 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 engine, courtesy of the high-performance Shelby GT350. The ‘Open Air Induction System, including the Shelby’s intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies, helps the Bullitt to produce over 450hp.

Mustang Bullitt production extended for 2020

If you’re feeling a bit contrarian, you can actually option your Bullitt without the Highland Green paintwork that’s so evocative of Steve McQueen’s original San Francisco-skidding steed. Other choices are limited to just the one, though. How does Shadow Black sound?

Fewer than 200 Bullitt Mustangs were allocated to the UK; exactly how many this extended run will deliver remains to be seen but you can be sure there won’t be many. Get on the blower to your local Ford dealer, Frank.

Meet the 840hp Tesla-powered Mustang

Aviar R67 Electric Tesla Mustang

Aviar Motors is combining classic muscle car style with electric eco-friendly performance. Its new R67 is an all-wheel-drive Mustang EV.

Where do we begin? It has two electric motors, one per axle, connected to a 100kwh battery – all very similar to those used in P100 Teslas.

That makes it 4WD and means this ultimate ‘restomod’ for the zero-emissions age will hit 62mph in 2.2 seconds and top out at 155mph. On top of that, it’ll travel 315 miles on a single charge. We don’t think even an original Shelby GT500 will manage that on a tank of fuel.

Aviar R67 Electric Tesla Mustang

The car, yet to be built, will use an alloy chassis with carbon fibre bodywork to keep weight low – around one tonne, impressively. If you’re worried about an old legend getting sullied by electric power, don’t worry. These are all-new rather than based on an existing car.

The exterior is highly faithful to the original pony car’s design. There are, however, telltale signs that this is no traditional ‘60s muscle hero. An active rear spoiler is perfectly flush with the style of the original bodywork. Spot the Tesla door handles, too.

LED lights, chrome strip detailing and slimmer exterior mirrors are also added, along with bigger wheels and brakes.

Aviar R67 Electric Tesla Mustang

Where you definitely suspect something’s up is on the inside. Gone is the traditional 1960s style, with a 17-inch screen adorning the centre console. There is a whiff of the original style with the double-hump dash, though, along with the circular vents. 

It comes with a lot more toys than a classic Mustang. Or, for that matter, any Mustang ever built. Expect a version of Tesla Autopilot, cameras, parking sensors, traction and stability control, climate control and voice control in the cabin. It’ll even get Bluetooth and wi-fi.

It really is the best of modern tech, infused with the best of classic style.

Aviar R67 Electric Tesla Mustang

But what about V8 noise? Apparently, it’ll play a GT500 V8 rumble for passers-by, just so they know where it is. 

As for when you can buy one – all you can do is enquire at the moment. Aviar says there’s a six-month build time and that price will be on request. Here’s hoping it actually happens.

It might even help make Ford’s future plans to build a hybrid Mustang more acceptable… 

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Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford Mustang Bullitt 2018 review: V8 muscle, Hollywood cool

We drive the new Ford Mustang Bullitt – a tribute to the car driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film

Drifting Mustang

This Ford Mustang just drifted the ENTIRE Nürburgring

Drifting Mustang

Drifting, love it or hate it, is a finely honed and balletic skill. It’s an impressive demonstration of car control wherever you see it.

And this is a drift well worth seeing: Vaughn Gittin Jr and Ford have just set the benchmark for the ultimate drift challenge – all 13 miles of the famous Nürburgring, smoking and sideways in his Mustang.

It’s the sort of thing a group of young lads would speculate about on the playground. “Reckon you could drift the whole Nürburgring?” one would speculate. “No way!” the others would respond.

It’s that unbelievable, but Vaughn Gittin has taken his 900hp supercharged RTR Mustang for the hairiest lap of the Green Hell ever.

Lairy enough that the lap had to be split into sections. Why? One set of tyres was never going to last a whole sideways lap of the ‘Ring. In the end, a full three sets were sacrificed.

“Drifting the Nürburgring represents the ultimate challenge to me,” said Gittin Jr.

“It is something that many question whether it would be possible and whether the car and driver could do it and come out in one piece.

“Something inside of me had to take this on to find out.” And how…

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Ford Mustang SUV

Opinion: Why we’re excited about the Ford Mustang’s electric SUV future

Ford Mustang SUV

“Mustang-inspired utility.” That’s how Darren Paler of Ford’s future-looking EV division, Ford Team Edison, describes what most simply call a Mustang SUV.

To many, the idea of a Mustang becoming a 4×4 is sacrilege of the highest order; it’ll be trampling all over nearly 60 years of pony car glory. Add to that the fact it’ll be electric and you can imagine the internet’s reaction. 

In short, the death of the enthusiast automobile is nigh and we, loyal enthusiasts, must watch as it’s slaughtered by the once-hallowed hands of the world’s mightiest motoring marques. Well, not quite…

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Firstly, this Mustang-inspired utility business. Does the Mustang own its own design language? Not really. Did the 911 own every stroke of Porsche designers’ pens when they came up with the Cayenne? No, it didn’t.

Like the 911, the Mustang is but a (prominent) name in the history of its mother marque. It is the owned and Ford is the owner, just as 911 is the possessed and Porsche the possessor. What does all this mean? Simply that Ford and Porsche made them and short of inciting riots by replacing the sports car with an SUV in a sports car suit, they can and will build what they want. And these cars will sell. In truth, they probably could replace them, but they won’t.

Profits equal performance 

Revisiting the penultimate point there – people want to buy SUVs. The formula is tried and tested by this point. Not only with the Cayenne, but also Bentayga, Levante, Urus, F-Pace and many more. 

All trade on style tropes and badge kudos generated by what their parent marques are famed for. All put profits – or soon will – into making the brand-defining models better than they’ve ever been. A successful Cayenne makes for a healthy Porsche, which makes for some of the best 911s ever sold. Rinse and repeat for Aston Martin’s coming SUV, the Ford “Mustang-inspired utility” and beyond.

Lamborghini Urus

Also, electric SUV by purveyor of iconic sports cars – sound familiar? You’ll find an electric-only I-Pace parked up next to a 580hp supercharged F-Type in your local Jaguar dealer today. What’s wrong with a 300-mile capable Mustang-snouted SUV crossover next to a Mustang GT at Ford?

Make no mistake, the cars we’ve loved for over half a century are not the business-supporting totems they once were (if they ever were). The 911 that revs to 9,000rpm, some of the best Lamborghinis in the marque’s history, the best Bentley in a generation – all are gifts courtesy of their parent marque’s most generous best-sellers. So too will be future Mustangs. “Yours lovingly, Mustang-inspired utility”. 

What’s the moral of the story? The SUVs are inevitable, the EVs are inevitable, so too are the cars we know and love. They’ll never be the same, what they were, whatever. But they are here, and they’re better than they would ever be without their SUV cousins to bolster their development budgets.

We should be encouraging their existence, even buying them, if we want our favourite cars to flourish. And that includes the electric Mustang SUV.

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GWS Auctions

From Fast & Furious to Elvis – pop culture cars up for sale

GWS Auctions

A selection of vehicles from the worlds of music and Hollywood are up for sale with Los Angeles-based GWS Auctions. Everything from a mega-horsepower Dodge Charger to Elvis Presley’s Cadillac – motoring and pop culture collide in this eclectic lot list.

First of all, arguably the star of the show: Vin Diesel’s Dodge Charger from The Fast and the Furious. What looks like a 1970 car is actually a ’69 with a visual conversion. It’s powered by a 430hp V8 with a newly-rebuilt 727 automatic gearbox. Bidding starts at $10,000, though we don’t recommend you try a first Fast-style wheelie…

The star cars continue with a 2008 Mustang ‘KITT’ as featured in the Knight Rider television series of the same year. The auction house specifies it’s a Mustang GT, although it appears to wear the GT500 kit complete with special KR aero accoutrement.

The car is automatic due to the fact the actor couldn’t drive a manual. NBC certification and further KR-replica modifications make this a steal at a $5,000 starting bid. The special KITT wheel and scanner should be included in the sale.

At the other end of the star power spectrum are a few ex-Elvis Presley machines. These include a Cadillac Seville – the last car he bought before he died, a Lincoln Continental Mark IV Cartier and a dodgem car from Libertyland.

Add to that Rob Zombie’s 1976 GMC Motorhome and a fan-built Scooby Doo mystery machine and you have a broad slice of automotive culture. More info about the auction here.

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Ford Mustang 10 million

The Ford Mustang: 10 million sold and counting

Ford Mustang 10 million

It’s easy to be cynical about production milestones and automotive anniversaries, but whichever way you look at it, news of the 10-millionth Ford Mustang is a big deal.

Some context is required. The first Mustang rolled off the production line in 1964, two years before Toyota launched the Corolla. Oh, sure, the Corolla has shifted 45 million units and counting, but the purchase of the Toyota is driven by necessity rather than passion.

Buying a Ford Mustang is a lifestyle choice. Emotional desire rules rationalism – you buy a Mustang because you want one. Shifting 10 million units in 54 years is no mean feat, and speaks volumes about the car’s enduring appeal.

Give yourself a non-patronising pat on the back for a job well done.

Unsurprisingly, the Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car for the past three consecutive years. Ford does the whole best-selling thing rather well: the F-Series pick-up is quite popular Stateside, while the Fiesta remains top dog in the UK.

Wimbledon, common

First meets 10 millionth Mustang

Paying homage to the first serialised Mustang of 1964, the 10-millionth car is a GT V8 six-speed manual convertible finished in Wimbledon White. The name might be the same, but the cars are very different: the first Mustang V8 offered 164hp, while today’s model develops 460hp.

Jim Farley, president of global markets for Ford – and no doubt feeling like a proud dad – said: “Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world.

“I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

The London reference is significant, as the first right-hand-drive models went on sale in 2016, with UK buyers falling head over heels in love with Ford’s slice of Americana. Some 7,000 have since been sold, with Ford asking £37,045 for the recently revised 2.3 EcoBoost, rising to £42,145 for the 5.0 V8 GT.

If you fancy a Dark Highland Green Bullitt Mustang, we bring bad news: the £47,545 special edition is sold out in the UK.

Bullitt McQueen Edition

Wild horses: Mustang Bullitt gains 500hp McQueen muscle

Bullitt McQueen Edition

If you’ve got yourself a new Ford Mustang Bullitt on order, Steeda can offer an injection of McQueen muscle to take it to the next level.

The Steeda McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang is that car, created in collaboration with Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, and his company, McQueen Racing LLC.

What is it?

True to its name, this is a modification package offered by Steeda exclusively for Bullitt Edition Mustangs, with a maximum of 300 cars available per year. It will also obviously be limited by the amount of Bullitts ordered from Ford.

Power (as standard) is around 500hp, with the cold air intake and tuning package boosting the standard 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine.

A supercharger retrofit and half-shaft upgrade is available as an option, taking it up to 800hp. These, along with the overhauled suspension, short-shifter and more are carried over from other already-excellent Steeda-modified Mustangs.

Bullitt McQueen Edition

What’s exclusive to the McQueen?

As well as the Highland Green paint of most Bullitts, the Steeda car has HRE wheels with McQueen Edition centre caps, a decklid emblem and rear quarter window louvres.

The devil, however, is in the finer details, with bespoke light-up sill plates, a dash plaque, floor mats and engraved key fobs. Optional McQueen-exclusive parts include an Alcantara-clad wheel complete with green centre stripe and brake calipers finished in dark charcoal with green accents.

There is also ‘Special Buyer’s Thank You Package’ with even more pleasing trinketry – of which the engraved key fobs are a part. Joining them are a letter of authenticity, a Steve McQueen Edition poster and archival pigment print – both numbered and signed by Chad.

Steeda is confident the spirit of the original movie Mustang and of Steve himself is expressed to the fullest with this modification package, saying “We take things on as Steve himself would have wanted: understated, cool and with the focus firmly on enhancing performance”.

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