DETROIT -- The Bullitt is back.
Ford Motor Co. on Sunday confirmed plans to resurrect the high-performance, special-edition pony car from the 1968 Steve McQueen film, and said the 2019 model will pack at least 475 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque out of a 5-liter V-8 engine when it goes on sale this year.
It will have a top speed of 163 mph -- an 8 mph increase vs. the latest Mustang GT.
"This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool," Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer, said in a statement. "As a designer, it's my favorite Mustang -- devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn't need to scream about anything -- it's just cool."
Automotive News first reported Ford's plans to bring back the Bullitt last week.
The latest Bullitt can be ordered in Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green, the color worn in the movie.
It will have chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted Brembo brakes, a unique black front grille and a cueball shift knob.
There are just three options: a Bullitt Electronics Package that includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert; MagnaRide semi-active suspension system; and Recaro black leather-trimmed seats.
Ford officials declined to discuss production targets or pricing.
The first Mustang Bullitt went on sale 2001. The car returned in 2008 and 2009.
Steve McQueen's granddaughter, Molly McQueen, introduced the new vehicle.
"It really channels the spirit of my grandfather," she said. "It's fun, it's fast and effortlessly cool."