Ford accelerates the 2018 model year with the roll out of its next-generation Mustang Bullitt.

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is the third in a series of special limited-edition Mustang GT Coupes the Detroit automaker has created to pay homage to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback driven by late actor Steve McQueen in that year’s Hollywood blockbuster San Francisco car-chase movie, "Bullitt."

Mustang Bullitt editions were previously built in the 2001 and 2008/2009 model years.

The 2019 version marks the film’s 50th anniversary with a modern-day interpretation of the Mustang movie car, painted the same Dark Highland Green with like five-spoke wheels and a powerful V8 engine.

The 2019 Bullitt is also available in Shadow Black body color. 

Ford’s 2019 Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes at least 475 horsepower, an increase of 15-hp over the standard Mustang GT, and 420 pound-feet of torque.

An open air induction along with an intake manifold and other engine enhancements borrowed from the Ford Shelby GT350 create the power increase.

A six-speed manual only transmission governs the powertrain with a white cue-ball shift knob that is a throwback to the 1968 movie car.

Today’s Bullitt comes with 2019 Mustang GT Premium and GT Performance packages that include a beefed-up suspension, enhanced steering and braking components, summer performance tires and limited-slip differential.

Active valve performance exhaust and black exhaust tips are also factory provided.

And like the 1968 original, Bullitt’s styling remains understated with minimal chrome trim, deleted spoiler, classic Torq-Thrust style 19-inch aluminum wheels and blackout grille.

Usual Mustang badges, insignias and stripes are removed. An artificial gas cap with Bullitt cross hairs moniker on the rear valance makes claim to the car’s origin.

Standard equipment includes a heated steering wheel with Bullitt cross hairs insignia, green stitched leather upholstery, center console, dash and door panels.

A 12-inch digital instrument cluster with special green Bullitt display screen is also standard.

An Electronics Package featuring navigation, memory driver seat and mirror setting, upgraded sound system, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert is available.

Other options include Recaro performance seats and MagneRide adaptive damping suspension.

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale this summer at a cost estimated to jump $50,000.

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