It was in 1968 when the late Steve McQueen and the iconic Ford Mustang Fastback shot to stardom in the action flick 'Bullitt'. It went toe-to-toe with the more powerful Dodge Charger and was immediately recognizable thanks to its Highland Green paintjob. Fast forward to present day and the Ford Motor Company has once again released a special edition Mustang Bullitt at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
But for those that want a more powerful Bullitt Mustang that can actually go toe-to-toe with the likes of Hellcat, Chad Mcqueen (Steve McQueen's son), has you covered. With help from Steeda, Galpin Auto Sports and McQueen Racing, they have now come up with a faster and better-handling Mustang. Say hello to the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang.
From its namesake, it's not your run-of-the-mill special edition stallion from Ford. Under the hood, the 5.0-liter V8 now generates 500 PS thanks to a new cold air intake and performance tune upgrade. But for those that want to take it up a notch, there's the optional Whipple supercharger upgrade which boosts horsepower to 775. This puts the special edition Bullitt Mustang near Hellcat territory. Other available performance extras in the special edition Bullitt Mustang include rear seat delete, four-point roll cage, half-shaft upgrade (comes with the supercharger upgrade) and a carbon fiber driveshaft assembly.
Besides getting more horses under the hood, the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang also comes with a clutch spring assist upgrade, a short-throw shifter with McQueen Racing shifter knob and 20-inch Steve McQueen Edition Wheels wrapped in sticky Nitto NT555 G2 Performance tires. They were also busy upgrading its chassis to make it handle better on the twisties. It gets better springs and dampers, tuned struts, upgraded front and rear sway bars, and new camber plates.
Subtle changes on the exterior were also made to make it stand out from the rest. For starters, it gets a new aerodynamic front bumper with a bigger chin spoiler, rear quarter window louvers, a special edition badge on the trunklid, a unique serialization plate on the engine bay and McQueen Racing brake calipers painted in dark charcoal with McQueen accents finished in green.
"Ford’s Mustang has always been a big part of my dad’s legend. I wanted to kick the already strong performance up several notches without losing that essential style that makes this car so desirable. Less is more. This Special Edition reflects the lessons my dad ingrained in me about what made his personal cars so desirable,” said Chad McQueen.
Only 300 examples will be made each year and customers can have their standard Bullitt Mustangs receive the Steve McQueen Edition upgrade.