Let’s see, in 1968, I was 20, hormonal, and loved fast cars, pretty girls, and James Bond movies. Steve McQueen was a big name in the movies, and he had a Western TV show called “Wanted: Dead or Alive”. In 1968, Steve drove a dark green Mustang GT, a real bada**, car for its time, and the character he portrayed was …. Wait for it … Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. Thus, the name of the 2020 Mustang that has graced our garage and the 25 mph streets of Pinehurst for the past week.
Here is the 2020 version…
Before we get into the various features of the car, let’s take a look at the interior as well.
The Mustang of the early 1960’s was a sports car that became one of the muscle cars of the latter part of the 60’s. The 2020, with a 5.0L Premium V8 and a 6 speed manual transmission, will rock for sure. Over the years Ford has produced a number of noteworthy engines, but this latest offering just may be the best yet. Most often referred to as the Coyote, Ford’s official designation is the 5.0L Ti- VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). Regardless of what you call it, this all-aluminum powerplant is light, powerful, and efficient.
The Bullitt gets 14 mpg around town and 23 on the highway, which translates into an average of 17 mpg.
This is a Sports Car. It says it’s “four passenger”. It isn’t. Seats in the back are for holding brief cases and back packs. Let’s leave it at that.
As a sports car, the seats are made to surround you, maybe ‘cradle’ you, would be a better way of putting it. If you are fairly narrow in the hip and not to broad in the midsection, you will fit perfectly in the heated leather trimmed seats. I found that, since this was a six speed, stick shift, that I needed to be closer to the steering wheel than I normally like, because short legs don’t help in pushing the clutch. I have to say I liked stick shift when I was young, and things like toggle switches and the driving modes on the 2020 Mustang Bullitt.
The toggle switches located below the radio and in front of the gear shift, control things like emergency blinkers, steering wheel mode, and drive modes. The steering wheel can be set to Normal, Sport, or Comfort modes. The Driving Modes are Normal, Sport, Track, Drag Strip, and Snow/Wet.
American Muscle Car writes “Sport mode stiffens up the steering feel, giving you a more responsive car and transmits more feedback to the steering wheel. AdvanceTrac is left alone in this mode, so the car is still able to help you keep it away from curbs and crowds. Sport is best reserved for spirited driving on the street.”
Track mode tightens up the suspension and shift points, and shift mode. pitch in many driving situations including cornering, acceleration and braking.
Drag Strip mode is designed for doing exactly what the name implies – going as fast as possible in a straight line. It allows for maximum acceleration by improving horsepower and torque outputs while optimizing shifting and traction to give you the kind of speed capable of intimidating European sports car owners.
The 2020 Mustang Bullitt also features AdvanceTrac, a technology that was built to navigate through the harshest road conditions. It is an electronic stability system that helps the driver navigate through tough terrains like ice, snow, gravel, and dry pavement. The AdvanceTrac is designed to enhance stability and traction in the Mustang.
But, you can also ‘fine tune’ your car’s performance. For example, AdvanceTrac Sport Mode allows you to have a setting that allows more rear-end sliding before it kicks in.
It’s interesting, but not unexpected, that the 2020 Bullitt features lot of airbags and security systems, but not so much the electronic safety features we see on most cars these days. No forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane keep assist, etc. which, as I said, is not unexpected. This, my friends, is a Mustang, one of the original sports cars, fun cars, muscle cars that, along with the early Chevy Corvette, helped defined sport/muscle cars here in the US – at least in my opinion.
The Mustang Bullitt does feature enhanced security, perimeter alarm, and a secure lock, anti-theft system.
While not listed under safety, the Bullitt does have a Rear View Camera, and a Reverse Sensing System that beeps at you if it detects you are getting close to an object.
The base price on our 2020 Mustang Bullitt was $46,705, so not cheap. But you are buying a sports car and one with a nostalgic past at that. Ours had $6K worth of options – a $2100 Bullitt Electronics Package, which included, as a Safety feature, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, a single CD player, the voice activated, 12” touch screen navigation system, and a B&O, 12 speaker sound system.
Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert is a driver assist feature that helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving and traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots.
There was also a $1000 Gas Guzzler Tax, ouch. The Recaro Leather Trimmed Sports Seats for $1,595, and the MagneRide Dampening System for $1,695. “What is a ‘MagneRide Dampening System?’”, you ask. MagneRide is an automotive adaptive suspension with magnetorheological (say that three times really fast) damper system developed by the Delphi Automotive corporation, during a period when the company was a subsidiary of General Motors (GM), that uses magnetically controlled dampers, or shock absorbers, for a highly adaptive ride. Don’t you feel smarter? I did.
Looking for fun in the $50K range with a touch of the past and a history of design and development that keeps going back in time, then you will like the beauty, style, handling, feel, and racing character of the 2020 Mustang Bullitt. Can you say, “Varoom, Varoom”.
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