When you're asked what the best car chase scene in a movie is, does your brain wander to the new, high budget movies with stunning visual effects like Baby Driver, The Fast and the Furious, or John Wick? Or are the classics your thing, like Gone in 60 Seconds, or Vanishing Point?
For me, it's an easy choice - Bullitt.
Smoke pouring from screeching tyres, colossal grunts from V8's, and the crunches of suspensions withstanding leaps from San Francisco's mountainous streets. No talking. Just driving. It doesn't get any better than that.
50 years on from the 1968 Steve McQueen film, Ford have unveiled their newest addition to the Mustang family - the 2019 Mustang Bullitt.
The 5.0L V8 hommage to Bullitt is not the first of it's kind; both the 2001 4th Generation Mustang and the 2008 5th Generation Mustang received the Bullitt makeover. That doesn't take away from it's sleek, yet gritty styling - a deep black, chrome ringed, badge-less grille. Black 19-inch wheels suppressing the red of the brake calipers. A black leather interior lined with green stitching. A rear mounted 'Bullitt' badge, mirroring the filling cap of the original Mustang. Then to top it off, a classic white ball gear stick.
The gear stick is important, as Six Speed Manual is the only transmission available. Despite potential performance improvement from other transmissions, Chief Engineer Carl Widdman makes it clear that this Mustang isn't only about performance, labeling it as a "different kind of car."
The V8 hidden under the hood will boast over 475hp, according to Widdman, 150hp more than the 1968 Mustang. Still, for it's time, 325hp in a 390ci engine is pretty brutal. So brutal in fact, that when filming Bullitt, the huge 390ci monster was taken out and replaced to help with the handling of the Mustang through San Francisco's city streets.
On top of the 475hp, and the 420lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt tops out at 163mph, up 8mph over the Mustang GT. That's a whole lot of power, and probably (hopefully) a whole lot of noise too.
It has not yet been announced how empty your wallet will be upon managing to buy one of the special edition models, but it will most likely be a little upwards of the price of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT - $43,990. (~£32,000)
The very first production model of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt sold at the 2018 Scotsdale Barrett-Jackson charity auction for a massive $300,000 (~£220,000). All of which went to 'Boys Republic', a school which specialises in at-risk kids. This is the same school that Steve McQueen - who just so happened to play Frank Bullitt, the protagonist of the movie - attended.
That's a whole lot of money for a great cause.