By on February 25, 2020

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Fast Facts

5.0-liter V8 (480 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm; 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm)

Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive

15 city / 24 highway / 18 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

16.1 city, 9.9 highway, 13.3 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

Base Price: $46,595 (U.S) / $51,625 (includes $6,000 delivery allowance) (Canada)

As Tested: $51,485 (U.S.) / $53,475 (Canada)

Prices include $1,095 destination charge in the United States and $1,850 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared.

Give Ford credit – the Blue Oval could, at any time, create a special Mustang Bullitt that’s little more than an appearance package.

Yet, the current Mustang Bullitt, like the one offered a decade ago, isn’t just a GT with cosmetic changes. It’s a certified bruiser that goes as well as it shows.

Sold in limited numbers for 2019 and 2020, the Bullitt wrings 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque out of the 5.0-liter V8 underhood.

It also pulls from the parts bin in order to goose performance. The intake manifold comes from the Shelby GT350, joining an open-air induction system and active-valve exhaust. The powertrain control module is tweaked, too. A magnetic semi-active suspension is also available.

Yeah, the cosmetic changes are cool as McQueen himself. The Dark Highland Green paint, the cue-ball shift knob, the 19-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, the black grille, the chrome accents, the red-painted Brembo calipers, the relative lack of logos, the lack of a spoiler – all that makes for a unique and cohesive look.

Looks aren’t everything, of course.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The extra 20 horsepower compared to a GT isn’t all that noticeable on the street, but whatever, this thing is still f’ing fast. It still handles well. And it can still drop into relaxed cruise mode easily, especially if you turn the programmable exhaust to quiet mode.

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My time with the car included a road trip to Road America in Wisconsin, and on the freeway in sixth gear with the exhaust muted, the car was a pleasant road tripper, though the suspension is stiff even in the softest drive mode.

The clutch and shifter work together well, arguably better than what’s on offer in manual-equipped GTs.

I thought fuel economy might be a concern, but I managed over 300 miles between fill-ups when driving gently. Due to shenanigans, my second tank didn’t stretch as far.

I’m happy to report that drag mode (drag as in racing, not glitter and heels) and launch control can help the ham-handed move the the car smoothly off the line when at the track, although I had no chance to test it; we’ll have to take Ford’s word for it. However, I can report that if you want to leave a generous helping of rubber behind in an empty parking lot, these aids can help with that, too.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

For the most part, Sport and Sport + will be the drive modes you want engaged on the back roads, with normal being just fine for around-town driving and comfort softening the ride a tad on the freeway. Track, drag, and snow/ice are self-explanatory. While the exhaust note is tied to the various modes, you can also change it separately. Want to cruise in comfort and hear the pipes sing? You can do that. Want to attack a country road but keep the neighbors from calling the cops? You can quiet the note being pumped out of the back.

Outside of a few interior accents, a different welcome display from the digital dash, and a standard heated steering wheel, the car’s interior doesn’t vary much from a GT. Recaro seats are one of three options, along with the aforementioned magnetic suspension, and a package that includes nav, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, memory seat for the driver, and premium audio.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

My tester had everything but the Recaros. Even though the cabin isn’t drastically different from the GT, that’s not a bad thing – I still dig the airplane-style switchgear, and the digital dash works well enough. The look is a tad long in the tooth, but it’s still handsome, and the cue-ball shifter is damn cool.

A 2019 Bullitt has a base price of $46,595 before D and D. The electronics package added $2,100 and the suspension $1,695, bringing my test ride to $51,485, including the $1,095 destination fee. If you want the Recaros, add $1,595. The Bullitt is also available in black paint, for some reason.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Obviously, the Bullitt makes sense for the future collector, given the small number of cars Ford will sell plus the mechanical differences from the regular GT. That said, I really hope those who plunk down $50K on this car don’t just park it in a clean garage or treat it as a trailer queen. It’s a hoot to drive, and it should be driven. Hard.

Just like Steve McQueen would’ve wanted.

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33 Comments on “2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review – Classic Cool...”

  • avatar

    I paid less than that for my new C7 7M. Paying over $50k for a tarted up mustang GT doesn’t seem worth it. Why not get the GT350 for a little more if you want a Ford?

    • 0 avatar

      “for a little more”

      On 2019s within 500 miles of me there is a $19K difference in dealer advertised prices between the Bullitt and GT350. On 2020s it is $14K. It still might be worth it to go for the Shelby but a 30% pop could be walking around money for a buyer.

      • 0 avatar

        I’ve seen prior year GT350s advertised for mid 50s. Perhaps false advertising but it doesn’t seem like the gt350 is selling all that well. .

        • 0 avatar

          I see prior year Bullitts at $40K, which would still be a $15K difference. (FWIW the cheapest 2019 GT350 I saw in my 500 miles range was $57.5)

          I’d personally either spring the $60K for the GT350 or go lower with a regular GT, but I can understand someone most comfortable in the $45k-$50k range going with this.

          Mustangs in general aren’t selling well so for folks interested in them I’d suggest playing hardball, even if it has a snake or other special badge.

    • 0 avatar

      I wouldn’t buy one, but its really no different than all the Pace Car Editions or Launch Editions or various stripe packages that come on sporty cars, only this one just chooses to honor a movie and actor outside the memory of anyone under 50.

      The Boomer buyers of this car expect it to be worth something extra for their kids in the future, which I highly doubt, but let them dream. The rest of us can buy the GT350.

  • avatar

    Really cool car. About the perfect Mustang setup right from the factory. Love the paint color.

    But the Bullitt has always been too expensive.

    I don’t know how much Ford deals on Mustangs or the Bullitt specifically but if they slap 5-10k on the hood now it is a different story.

    • 0 avatar

      Last June or so, when my friend finally got his Bullitt, he had to look and look for a dealer to come down from full sticker. He decided that he would rather get it now, before he gets any older, for a whopping $600 off of sticker, than wait until he might find one cheaper than that, and possibly not equipped like he wanted, everything but the Recaros. He loves the car, but almost pulled the trigger on a GT350, but decided the Bullitt is enough.

      Another friend has a loaded up GT and it was a lot less. I would take the GT myself and if it’s not fast enough, take the thousands I would have saved and do some mods.

  • avatar

    It’s a $50k Mustang. They may be fun, but they’re not $50k special.

    You can likely get a well equipped GT for $10-15k less with nearly all of the fun.

  • avatar

    I came very close to purchasing one last November, but just couldn’t do it as it didn’t fit my commuting lifestyle. When my Bolt EV lease is up, I might finally pick one up (used). This is the only Mustang I have ever liked, but the local dealers seemed to think these were dipped in gold!

  • avatar

    Chrysler should reprise the black Charger and make it so much better than the Mustang – like it was in real life back then

    • 0 avatar

      They’d have to find a way to lose 400 pounds and 10 inches to make that happen.

      • 0 avatar

        FWIW, a ’68 Charger was 25 inches and ~400lbs heavier than a ’68 Mustang GT.
        The ’68 Dodge is also 8 inches longer and 2 inches wider than a ’20 Charger.

        • 0 avatar

          I guess some things never change. A car that big and heavy should be a luxury car, not try to pretend it’s a performance car.

          • 0 avatar

            Yet it was still faster than the 390 powered Mustang in the movie and the Charger was driven off the showroom floor to begin filming.

            Since it wouldn’t be my track day car I would spend the money on a 392 Widebody Challenger with a manual.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      How are going to fit all of those hubcaps on it…Didn’t the movie car lose like 7 during the chase?

      • 0 avatar

        Bullitt Charger:hubcaps::movie cowboy’s Colt:bullets

        According to this count, it’s eight:

        Per Flipper35’s comment, I can’t recall where I’ve read/heard that, but my understanding from internet chatter (HUGE grain of salt) is that the “hero” Charger shamed the “hero” Mustang not necessarily in speed but by virtue of being both more durable and essentially a showroom-stock vehicle.

        I’ll also add that I think the ’08-’09 Bullitt was one of the best-looking vehicles FoMoCo has ever made, and I say that as someone who tends to dislike special packages, etc.

  • avatar

    A very similar color to the Guard Metallic on my former GT. I briefly considered adding chrome trim around the windows. Now that I have a better idea of what that would look like, I’m glad that I did not.

  • avatar

    Please tell me that changing the exhaust modes changes how the actual exhaust system works and sounds. I certainly hope it does not mean it changes the artificial exhaust notes piped into the cabin through the sound system.

    The idea of exhaust notes being artificially piped into the cabin makes my skin crawl. It seems like the height of “satisfying your inner bro-ism”

  • avatar

    If I had a Mustang GT, I’d want to source this plain grille for it, but you can keep the dumb retro shift knob and wheels.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m not a fan of the rear logo or steering wheel badge, either. The retro wheels, to my eye, kind of worked on the ’08 Bullitt. According to Tire Rack’s website, they were 18s with 50-series tires. These wheels (which I think are 19s) don’t look right to me. Grain of salt as I’m old enough to have experienced decades of cars with actual sidewall, so the kids’ “weird” is my “normal, practical, and better.”

  • avatar

    Yeah, the cosmetic changes are cool as McQueen himself.

    Forgive this Father of Two whose first thought was “Lightning McQueen?”

    I’d love the visual changes to the exterior on a plain GT for much less coin.

  • avatar

    Nowadays,you can get a Bullit, GT350 and GT500 to choose from Mustang’s special edition portfolio. A Boss would be cherry on top, but perhaps I’m just asking too much.
    Great times indeed

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Wonder if that shift knob will fit a Fiesta ST?

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    Steve McQueen was cool?

    Because beating women is cool?

  • avatar

    Debbie Downer here with your friendly neighborhood Safety post:

    Overall driver death rate* for Ford Mustang coupe is almost 2X the average for all vehicles (and over 3X the rate of the Toyota Avalon):

    *Death means deceased, permanently dead – you don’t get a do-over, and it doesn’t grow back.

    • 0 avatar

      Ford Mustangs, weeding idiots out of the gene pool since 1964.5*(citation needed)
      I say, great job Ford!

    • 0 avatar

      Got any way to adjust for demographics and usage?

      If you took all the Mustang drivers and put them in Avalons, you could watch the Avalon’s death rate soar. Conversely, if you took all the Avalon drivers and put them in Mustangs, you could watch the Mustang’s death rate plummet.

      Corollary – Safety-related announcements like this seem likely to appeal most to the people who need them the least. Unfortunate.

      • 0 avatar

        It definitely seems (to me) like driver behavior plays a part. Some luxury models have *very* impressive (low) numbers. And there are some real surprises (ex. between brands) on mainstream models.

  • avatar

    I love it. I want one. I’ll never buy one.

    I had a GT when I was 20. Now that I’m 50? meh

  • avatar

    Gotta get every last penny from boomer Steve McQueen fans before they die. Good business plan.

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