The new Ford Mustang Bullitt is now available with a set of upgrades from tuning company Steeda, building on the Bullitt’s retro-inspired looks with subtle exterior modifications and sharpening the car’s dynamics. Called the Steve McQueen Edition, Steeda has worked in conjunction with the McQueen estate to develop this ultimate recreation of the iconic movie model.
Under the bonnet is the standard car’s naturally aspirated 5-litre V8, but in uprated form producing 493bhp. That’s a subtle 35bhp over the standard Bullitt Mustang, courtesy of a new cold-air intake and retuned ECU.
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For those wanting a little extra grunt, buyers can specify an optional 2.9-litre Whipple supercharger – combined with reinforced rear suspension – which will crank out over 788bhp, according to Steeda.
All Steve McQueen editions pick up chassis upgrades, regardless of the choice of powertrain. These include new front and rear strut braces, an extra underbody subframe support brace, and re-tuned springs and dampers with an inch drop in ride height. New billet-aluminium vertical links in the front suspension setup are also fitted, although models equipped with the Mustang’s optional magnetic ride control dampers do without the new springs and dampers.
Like the chassis, visual upgrades are subtle, but add up to an even more sinister-looking Mustang. Available exclusively in Highland Green (the standard Bullitt Mustang is also available in black), Steeda add a set of similarly designed, but one-inch bigger alloy wheels, plus a deeper front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser section.
For those with an inclination to take their Bullitt Mustang on track, Steeda also offers a rear-seat delete option and full roll cage, while larger brakes and an Alcantara steering wheel are on the options list.
Prices for the Steve McQueen Edition have yet to be released for the UK, but the model will be limited to 300 units per year globally with most cars undoubtedly remaining in the US.