New Ford Mustang Bullitt: Did Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Accidentally Reveal Too Much?

Feb 06, 2017 05:02 PM EST | BC Tabotabo

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"The Rock" is an official spokesperson for Ford. In a behind the scenes video filmed within the American automaker's headquarters, the "Fate of the Furious" actor may have accidentally given viewers an early look at the new Ford Mustang Bullitt.

Originally reported by a user on the Mustang6G forum, Motor Authority reports that at the 3:10 mark, a Mustang concept with signature Bullitt elements can be seen on the wall. It includes Dark Highland Green paint, faux gas caps with crosshairs, a sleeper look, and darkened torque thrust wheels.

History of the Mustang Bullitt. "Bullitt" is a 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen which became a success due to its high-speed car chase scene featuring the Mustang GT and a Dodge Charger R/T. In the movie, San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) drives a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390.

In 2001, the American automobile manufacturer partnered up with Warner Bros. to release a special version of its GT with the "Bullitt" nameplate in honor of the car driven by McQueen in the movie. The car was designed to have good handling and was substantially lowered by 3/4 of an inch, came equipped with Tokico shocks, and had short length sub-frame connectors. Additionally, a new intake design, special underdrive pulleys, and high-flow mufflers were also part of this package. This helped increase the car's power to a conservative 265 horsepower, though it was reported to actually be closer to the 270-275 range.

The 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt also featured a large scoop hood, lower body moldings, and a seat upholstery patterned after the original 1968 model. The iconic Mustang was only offered in three colors: Dark Highland Green (which was the same shade used in the movie starring McQueen), True Blue, and Black. The production was limited to a total of 5,582 units.

Another Bullitt was released in 2008 that featured 18-inch Torq-Thrust style wheels, removal of the decklid spoiler, and most of the original badges except for the faux gas cap. Inside the car are Bullitt door sills, steering wheel cap, gauges, and GT500-inspired front seats, steering wheel, and black stitching. The package was an additional $3,310 upgrade from the standard GT Premium.

If speculations are correct, The Drive reports that the new Ford Mustang Bullitt may be released in 2018. This will be in perfect timing with the 50th anniversary of the original movie's release. What do you think? Thoughts and comments below.

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