You know you want a Ford Mustang. Who Wouldn’t? A much harder decision is which mustang to buy right now, as there are so many great ones to choose from. Now even if you’ve already settled on a GT V8, there’s this hot little number for 20-20 called the Bullitt. Decisions, decisions…

So, you’re in the market for a 2020 Ford Mustang, with a V8 of course, and are attracted to this Ford Mustang Bullitt. It looks great. But, you wonder, “what exactly is a Bullitt Mustang, and how is it any different from a Mustang GT?” Well, we’re here to help. 

The Bullitt of course was inspired by the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback in the movie Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, which features one of the most famous car chase scenes of all time. Sort of a precursor to Fast and Furious; only with old school muscle cars, less hokey effects, and more flying hubcaps. 

So, Step 1 – If you haven’t seen the movie Bullitt, and/or just asked someone “who’s Steve McQueen?”, well hit pause on this video, go to whatever streaming service you belong to and watch Bullitt if you can, we’ll still be here for you when you get done… 

…welcome back. Now you’re even more intrigued aren’t you? Well that’s a good call. So, let’s get to the details. 

The 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt is actually the 3rd in a series with examples released in 2001 and 2008; and as far as we’re concerned, is one of the coolest Mustangs you can buy.

Technically, it does start out as a Mustang GT, a GT Premium with added GT Performance Package and Performance Exhaust system, as well as most of the Premium Plus Package; which means the familiar 5.0-liter V8 that we all know and love is under the hood. 

But, what you don’t get with the GT, is the Bullitt’s 20 extra horsepower, thanks to a modified version of the Shelby GT350’s intake manifold; making 480-horsepower, versus the GT’s 460. 

Now for the exterior, there are those Torq Thrust-inspired 5-spoke Heritage wheels, as well as unique red-painted brake calipers behind them. But, there’s also black trim all around, including special upper and lower grilles with no galloping horse, dark exhaust tip, a Bullitt-logoed faux gas cap, and spoiler delete for the ultimate in sleeper status. 

Inside, there’s plenty of bespoke aluminum trim and green hand-stitching, as well as the Premium Plus package’s digital instrument cluster and heated steering wheel, but not navigation.

And, the coolest piece of all, a really retro cue ball shift knob. At which time we should mention, hopefully you can manage 3 pedals, as all Bullitt’s are 6-speed manual equipped; it’s the way Frank would have wanted it.

So, where does that leave us? Well, a GT Premium, with Performance Package and added Performance Exhaust, stickers at $47,310. A Mustang Bullitt? $48,900. Factor in the partial Premium Plus Package, and the 20 extra horsepower you get for that $1,590; not to mention the sheer coolness factor and future collectability of the Bullitt, and we’d call it a bargain, and easily our favorite Mustang GT. 


  • Engine: 5.0 liter
  • Horsepower: 480