Playing homage to such an iconic film car, Ford tuners Steeda partnered with Chad McQueen, Steve McQueen’s son, to reinterpret the Bullitt Mustang for the modern era. The first British customer has taken delivery from Steeda’s latest and preferred dealer, Sandicliffe Ford.
Just 300 Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustangs will be built, with over 200 already sold. Based on the MY2018+ S550 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition, Steeda has substantially revised the Mustang to stay true to the ethos of the original Sixties Mustang Fastback.
The first UK customer order, and only the second fitted with a supercharger, has been delivered to its owner, complete with a range of Steeda power, suspension and driver-centric performance upgrades.
Under the bonnet sits a supercharged 720hp Stage One Bullitt upgrade; adding a 3.0litre custom and coloured-coded Whipple twin screw supercharger and 10-rib belt pulley system to the original 5.0litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine. It is also fitted with Ford Performance 1,500hp-rated half shaft axles, which are standard fit for all cars fitted with a supercharger kit.
All Steeda Bullitt Mustangs come with a revised suspension setup. Its ‘Stop the Hop’ package comprises the Steeda IRS alignment and subframe bushing system, IRS subframe braces, vertical links and rear adjustable toe links. By stiffening and aligning the rear subframe, the set up minimises IRS frame movement and wheel hop that impacts this generation of Ford Mustang. With billet steel bushing sleeves and spacers, deflection is reduced crucially without compromising NVH.
While the main focus has been on the engine, drivability and performance upgrades to transform the driving experience, Steeda has introduced a number of restrained and subtle visual upgrades that enhance the understated, cool stance. Finishing touches inside include subtle McQueen badging inside and out and the convenience of gas bonnet struts. Owners also receive a letter of vehicle authenticity, an exclusive Steve McQueen Edition baseball cap, key fob, as well as a signed and numbered Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt print by Camilo Pardo.
Steeda UK & Europe director Robbie Kazandjian said, “For many car enthusiasts this is the ultimate Mustang package. Those who grew up watching Steve McQueen movies knew he was a huge car fan and it’s amazing to watch our vision being realised under the watchful eye of his son, Chad McQueen, who worked closely with Steeda. This car also marks the start of our relationship with Sandicliffe. The dealership has impressed us with not only its enthusiasm for the Steeda experience but also its technical understanding to explain the clear benefits our performance parts can bring. We are already working on the next demonstrator featuring our handling kit as well as preparing for the Mach 1 in 2021.”
After having the Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang appear alongside the reveal of the 2021 Mach 1 Mustang at this year’s Goodwood SpeedWeek, Steeda has confirmed it is already preparing performance aftermarket parts for the Mach 1, which will be offered by Steeda in the UK and Auto IN in Europe next year.