Detroit Auto Show 2018: Ford Mustang Bullitt is reborn

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The $50,000 Mustang Bullitt will go on sale this summer.

The stunt vehicle from the film was found in the U.S. past year (though it had originally been sent to a salvage yard after filming), but the one driven by McQueen was believed to have been lost to history.

After shooting wrapped, Warner Bros. sold the hero auto that McQueen drove in "Bullitt" to a private collector.

It wound up in the hands of Sean Kiernan, who inherited it from his late father.

The new and the old were shown together in Detroit. "It just kind happened with life".

Under the skin, the Bullitt Mustang receives a power boost - pushing it from the standard car's 444bhp to 475bhp.

"When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have", Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer, said in a statement.

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"The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt's understated persona". It's specially tuned to have its own unique burble. It even gets new open air induction system and the Shelby GT350's intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module. There's one key difference, however. The cool digital gauge cluster is also present but with a custom Bullitt welcome screen.

Options include an electronics package that features navigation, upgraded sound system and blind spot and cross traffic warnings.

Inside, the Bullitt Mustang features Recaro bucket seats, green stitching for the upholstery and an 8-ball gearknob.

Ford also mixed up a special dark highland green paint, stripped off most of the trim and badges, and added a number of dark green elements in the interior.

The Mustang Bullitt rides on 19-inch black alloy wheels, and the auto is available in two colours: Dark Highland Green or Shadow black. Returning to the S550 Mustang for the first time is the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear decklid panel, just like the two previous Bullitt edition generations (New Edge and S197).

The Mustang Bullitt celebrates the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen's classic film of the same name. Similar to the Mustang in the movie, the limited edition vehicle has no badges, spoilers, or stripes.

The green paint, the wheels, the functional yet elegant leather interior, it all speaks to that understated cool that Steve McQueen had in spades and is why the vehicle itself has become just as iconic.

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