The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is an eminently tasty tribute to the eponymous 1968 Hollywood blockbuster that earned a cult following for its 12-minute long car-chase. But as desirable as the limited-edition ’Stang is, here’s something even better.
You’re looking at the Steve McQueen Edition Ford Mustang, and it’s the creation of US tuning house Steeda, who enlisted the support of McQueen Racing, Galpin Auto Sport and Steve’s son Chad to create the bespoke pony car.
The Steeda special comes equipped with a mildly tweaked 5.0-litre V8 that ups the ante from the standard Bullitt Mustang’s 480bhp to 500bhp, but if you’re after something a bit more serious, then you’ll want the supercharger upgrade that kicks output up to a gargantuan 775bhp.
Harnessing this massive grunt is handled by beefed-up suspension and a carbonfibre propshaft, but one of the car’s highlights are the 20-inch aluminium rims that HRE designed and engineered to be a take on the classic wheels worn by the 1968 Mustang that McQueen drove in “Bullitt.” The staggered rims are wrapped in Nitto NT555 G2 High Performance tyres (275/35 front and 315/35 rear).
Other surprise-and-delight features include a McQueen Racing shifter knob and Steve McQueen Edition centre hubcaps, door sill plates, dash serialisation plates, floor mats and engraved key fobs. Options include a four-point rollcage and the ability to delete the rear seats.
In Steeda’s own words: “The design spec was classic McQueen — take an already excellent car and enhance power throughout the RPM band, while improving the handling capabilities suitable for both track and on-road, and give the design an even more classic restrained but undeniably cool stance that is menacing, yet understated.”