2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt review: The archetype of cool

Dark Highland Eco-friendly just isn’t the Bullitt’s only colour, but it is the only 1 that issues.

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The Bullitt just isn’t all that distinctive from a common Ford Mustang GT — visually or mechanically — but it has just sufficient tweaks to flip heads. And with its rumbling V8 and 6-speed guide transmission, it is a Mustang that is uncomplicated to appreciate.


  • Excellent V8 powertrain
  • Seems to be amazing
  • Valuable Sync three tech

Will not Like

  • Restricted interior
  • Spendy compared to other Mustang types

The Bullitt genuinely flies underneath the radar. It isn’t going to have any badges, help you save for its identify on the faux rear gasoline cap, and there’s no Mustang emblem on the honeycomb grille. The only useless visual giveaways are the black, 19-inch wheels and Dark Highland Eco-friendly paint, however you can also purchase a Bullitt in blue or black (but you shouldn’t).

Ford’s 5.-liter V8 engine places out 480 horsepower, which is a slight bump about the Mustang GT thanks to a larger throttle physique and an consumption manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350. To complement that ability, 420 pound-toes of torque are out there wonderful and minimal in the rev range, so there’s hardly ever a lack of ability. Regular effectiveness equipment involves a Torsen restricted-slip differential, entrance aero splitter, upgraded entrance springs and staggered Michelin Pilot Activity 4S tires (255/forty up entrance, 275/forty in again).

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The whole package deal just will work. Coupled with the restricted-slip diff, the impartial rear suspension implies the Bullitt can fortunately slalom as a result of restricted curves. Guaranteed, at three,850 lbs it is not precisely what I would contact spry, but the direct steering assists, as do the sticky Pilot Activity 4S tires. You can even get the Bullitt with Ford’s magnetic trip suspension — a $1,695 possibility — which can change the dampers up to 1,000 situations for every next.

A handful of distinctive drive modes genuinely allow you dial in the trip. I am going to leave Snow alone for evident motives, and obtain the Bullitt is most effective seasoned in Activity. Every single manner switches up the traction control and throttle response, and I can personalize the steering work between Convenience, Typical and Activity settings. An person My Mode lets you established the parameters to your certain liking, so I can have the effectiveness established to Activity but the exhaust established to Track, for the reason that I like frustrating my neighbors. Of program, there’s also Line Lock, for sweet smoky burnouts.

My 1 complaint? My Mode is hardly ever the default when you commence the car. What fantastic is acquiring a individualized environment if you have to find it just about every time you commence the car?

Continue to, that is a very small complaint contemplating almost everything else is so fantastic. The clutch pedal experience is just suitable, the cue-ball shifter feels fantastic in my hand, and gear adjustments are tremendous-gratifying. Activity manner has automated rev-matching, but you can flip it off. The Brembo brakes — 13.8-inch ventilated discs up entrance, 12.5-inch good discs at the rear — are speedy to grab but offer linear pedal experience. I genuinely could drive this car all working day.

It is really not a tech-prosperous sports activities car, however, with only blind-location checking and typical cruise control. If you want the most current driver-aid features, you in all probability aren’t buying for a Mustang anyway.

But just for the reason that the Bullitt isn’t going to have any driving aids isn’t going to indicate it is devoid of tech. My tester has an 8-inch touchscreen jogging Ford’s uncomplicated-to-use Sync three infotainment process with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile. The optional navigation process features 1-box entry so I only need to enter “ice product” and I get a listing of nearby locations for deliciousness. I also like that the “Where by am I?” characteristic provides latitude and longitude coordinates as nicely as the closest highway. (I’m a map geek, what can I say?)

The cue-ball shifter is 1 of the most effective things about the Bullitt’s interior.

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When the Sync three process is very user-pleasant, the display screen is in some cases laggy, ordinarily when clicking on an icon that I haven’t applied not too long ago. It is really like the characteristic requirements to be dragged from its memory financial institutions when it was in the middle of a deep snooze.

The 12-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster is very dope, specially with the ribbon tachometer distribute across the display screen. This is also exactly where the Mustang’s Track Applications are living, with web pages for a timer, accelerometer, brake effectiveness, lap timer and launch control.

As for charging, there is a USB-A and 12-volt outlet up entrance and 1 of each in the middle armrest, as nicely. There are no charging ports for rear seat travellers, which is no large deal for the reason that, my lord, why would anybody at any time want to sit again there? When I fold my comparatively slender 5-foot, nine-inch body into the again seat I obtain my head is touching the rear glass. The driver’s seat is pushed most of the way ahead and I have the tiniest bit of legroom, but I would only set a child or my worst enemy again there. The rear seat is improved applied as a secondary cargo room in addition to the 13.5 cubic-foot trunk. Base line, the Mustang is restricted. If you need far more space, search at the larger Dodge Challenger.

The Bullitt is an $8,000 improve about a Mustang GT Quality.

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The major draw back to the Bullitt is that it is an $8,000 upcharge about a Mustang GT Quality. The as-analyzed value on my instance is $fifty two,595, including $1,095 for vacation spot. And because the Bullitt only will get 14 miles for every gallon town, 23 mpg freeway and 17 mpg put together, there’s a $1,000 gasoline guzzler tax included on.

The Mustang just isn’t the only muscular sport coupe around, possibly. I have always been a admirer of the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, however it sort of drives like a boat. The Chevrolet Camaro gives a 6.two-liter V8 engine with Bullitt amounts of ability, and in the immortal words of The Lifeless Milkmen, is totally bitchin’.

Ford also gives sportier Mustangs, do not neglect: the Shelby GT350 and GT500. Equally are far more costly, but they’re much improved in phrases of handling and offer far more ability, to boot. But they’re also distinctive cars for distinctive functions. And the Bullitt is just so cool.

All the things from the Bullitt’s environmentally friendly paint to the snazzy wheels to the rumbling exhaust pays homage to the Mustang’s movie-car heritage and its iconic position in American lifestyle. It might not be the fastest, most effective-handling Mustang, but it is effortlessly my favourite.