Ford: With “Bullitt” and Edge ST SUV on the NAIAS

A classic film celebrates its anniversary – and Ford is celebrating with. Fifty years ago, Steve McQueen raced in a Ford Mustang the streets of San Francisco as “Bullitt”. For the birthday Ford offers a special edition of the iconic car on the market. At the 2018 North American International Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the company is presenting a special edition to the public.

The “Bullitt” is powered with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 481 hp and 569 Nm of torque, pushing it to a top speed of 163 mph. For the NAIAS, Ford has come up with something special: McQueen’s original 1968 Mustang GT from the film is also shown on display.

This “Bulitt” special edition is strongly based on the original: These include the paint in the color Dark Highland Green, a gear shifter whit a white cue ball as a shift knob, a six-speed transmission (no automatic). Other are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, and classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminium wheels. “This ‘Bullitt’ is as Steve McQueen was ,” says Mustang chief designer Darrell Behmer, “effortlessy cool.”

The second news from Ford on the NAIAS is the Ford Edge ST. The first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance Team. The car comes with a V6 2.7-liter twin-turbo eco-boost engine and delivers an output of 340 hp. ” Edge ST puts a new animal on the road,” says Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development, proudly. In addition to the strong performance, the Edge ST scores with a new infotainment system with voice recognition, which is tuned to the Amazon service Alexa.