Ford Brings Back Two Mustang Icons And They’re Total Opposites

The return of the Mustang Bullit Edition and GT500 has the spotlight in Detroit at NAIAS 2018.

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Ford is not shy about celebrating anniversaries — every milestone year that comes around; you can bet there will be a special edition of some kind. However, that doesn’t mean you should scoff at every special edition Ford that comes out — quite the opposite.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Bullit, better known as the Steve McQueen movie that put the Mustang on the map, so it was a no-brainer that the recently refreshed Mustang would get the Bullit treatment. Not only that, but Ford also teased the return of the GT500 — which will make no less than 700 horsepower. And even though both of these Blue Oval icons bear the Mustang name, they’re each for completely different customers.

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2019 Mustang Bullitt

In the film, McQueen famously took all the Ford and Mustang badging off his 390 GT for a bare, minimalist look. So despite the fact that the Mustang logo is nearly everywhere on the current generation muscle car — on the dashboard, seat backs, carpet, front grille, trunk lid and projected on the ground when you open the door — the Bullit Edition is devoid of all of that. Which is good: a herd of chrome ponies would just spoil the highland-green paint and black rims. Not to mention the 5.0-liter V8 (that puts out 475 horsepower — 40 more than the base Mustang GT) probably does enough talking to let everyone know what you’re driving.

The GT500, on the other hand, is a clear indication of Ford releasing its pent-up brashness. Even though there was only a teaser video, we do know it will be the most powerful road-going Ford, ever. Ford confirm that the GT500 will have more than 700 horsepower with the help of a supercharger, but the rumor mill is saying the foundation will be the raucous, high-revving 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 from the GT350. All of a sudden, the Ford GT seems pretty tame.

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