2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt evaluate: The archetype of cool

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

Darkish Highland Inexperienced is not the Bullitt’s solely coloration, nevertheless it’s the one one which issues.

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

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2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

The Bullitt is not all that completely different from a typical Ford Mustang GT — visually or mechanically — nevertheless it has simply sufficient tweaks to show heads. And with its rumbling V8 and six-speed handbook transmission, it is a Mustang that is simple to like.

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

LikeExcellent V8 powertrainLooks awesomeUseful Sync three tech

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

Do not LikeTight interiorSpendy in comparison with different Mustang fashions

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

The Bullitt actually flies underneath the radar. It does not have any badges, save for its identify on the fake rear fuel cap, and there is not any Mustang emblem on the honeycomb grille. The one lifeless visible giveaways are the black, 19-inch wheels and Darkish Highland Inexperienced paint, although you may also purchase a Bullitt in blue or black (however you should not).

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Evaluate: The Archetype Of Cool

Ford’s 5.Zero-liter V8 engine places out 480 horsepower, which is a slight bump over the Mustang GT due to a bigger throttle physique and an consumption manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350. To enhance that energy, 420 pound-feet of torque can be found good and low within the rev vary, so there’s by no means a scarcity of energy. Customary efficiency gear features a Torsen limited-slip differential, entrance aero splitter, upgraded entrance springs and staggered Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (255/40 up entrance, 275/40 in again).

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The entire package deal simply works. Coupled with the limited-slip diff, the unbiased rear suspension means the Bullitt can fortunately slalom by tight curves. Positive, at three,850 kilos it is not precisely what I would name spry, however the direct steering helps, as do the sticky Pilot Sport 4S tires. You possibly can even get the Bullitt with Ford’s magnetic journey suspension — a $1,695 possibility — which might alter the dampers as much as 1,000 occasions per second.

Just a few completely different drive modes actually allow you to dial within the journey. I am going to depart Snow alone for apparent causes, and discover the Bullitt is finest skilled in Sport. Every mode switches up the traction management and throttle response, and I can personalize the steering effort between Consolation, Regular and Sport settings. A person My Mode helps you to set the parameters to your particular liking, so I can have the efficiency set to Sport however the exhaust set to Monitor, as a result of I like annoying my neighbors. In fact, there’s additionally Line Lock, for candy smoky burnouts.

My one grievance? My Mode is rarely the default if you begin the automotive. What good is having a customized setting if it’s a must to choose it each time you begin the automotive?

Nonetheless, that is a really small grievance contemplating all the things else is so nice. The clutch pedal really feel is good, the cue-ball shifter feels nice in my hand, and kit modifications are super-satisfying. Sport mode has computerized rev-matching, however you’ll be able to flip it off. The Brembo brakes — 13.Eight-inch ventilated discs up entrance, 12.5-inch strong discs on the rear — are fast to seize however provide linear pedal really feel. I actually may drive this automotive all day.

It is not a tech-rich sports activities automotive, although, with solely blind-spot monitoring and common cruise management. If you’d like the most recent driver-assistance options, you most likely aren’t searching for a Mustang anyway.

However simply because the Bullitt does not have any driving aids doesn’t suggest it is devoid of tech. My tester has an Eight-inch touchscreen working Ford’s easy-to-use Sync three infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The elective navigation system options one-box entry so I solely must enter “ice cream” and I get an inventory of close by places for deliciousness. I additionally like that the “The place am I?” characteristic offers latitude and longitude coordinates in addition to the closest highway. (I am a map geek, what can I say?)

The cue-ball shifter is among the finest issues concerning the Bullitt’s inside.

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Whereas the Sync three system could be very user-friendly, the display is usually laggy, normally when clicking on an icon that I have never used just lately. It is just like the characteristic must be dragged from its reminiscence banks when it was in the midst of a deep sleep.

The 12-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster is fairly dope, particularly with the ribbon tachometer unfold throughout the display. That is additionally the place the Mustang’s Monitor Apps dwell, with pages for a timer, accelerometer, brake efficiency, lap timer and launch management.

As for charging, there’s a USB-A and 12-volt outlet up entrance and one in all every within the heart armrest, as effectively. There are not any charging ports for rear seat passengers, which is not any large deal as a result of, my lord, why would anybody ever wish to sit again there? Once I fold my comparatively slender 5-foot, 9-inch body into the again seat I discover my head is touching the rear glass. The driving force’s seat is pushed a lot of the manner ahead and I’ve the tiniest little bit of legroom, however I might solely put a child or my worst enemy again there. The rear seat is healthier used as a secondary cargo area along with the 13.5 cubic-foot trunk. Backside line, the Mustang is tight. If you happen to want extra room, have a look at the bigger Dodge Challenger.

The Bullitt is an $Eight,000 improve over a Mustang GT Premium.

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The main draw back to the Bullitt is that it is an $Eight,000 upcharge over a Mustang GT Premium. The as-tested worth on my instance is $52,595, together with $1,095 for vacation spot. And for the reason that Bullitt solely will get 14 miles per gallon metropolis, 23 mpg freeway and 17 mpg mixed, there is a $1,000 fuel guzzler tax added on.

The Mustang is not the one muscular sport coupe round, both. I’ve all the time been a fan of the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, although it form of drives like a ship. The Chevrolet Camaro affords a 6.2-liter V8 engine with Bullitt ranges of energy, and within the immortal phrases of The Lifeless Milkmen, is completely bitchin’.

Ford additionally affords sportier Mustangs, do not forget: the Shelby GT350 and GT500. Each are costlier, however they’re much better when it comes to dealing with and provide extra energy, as well. However they’re additionally completely different vehicles for various functions. And the Bullitt is simply so cool.

The whole lot from the Bullitt’s inexperienced paint to the snazzy wheels to the rumbling exhaust pays homage to the Mustang’s movie-car heritage and its iconic place in American tradition. It won’t be the quickest, best-handling Mustang, nevertheless it’s simply my favourite.

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