Steve McQueen’s Son Builds His Own Bullitt Mustang Package

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Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang Light Side

Steeda and Galpin Auto Sports teamed up to create 300 original ‘Steve McQueen Edition’ packages for 2019 Bullitt owners.

Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company introduced the 2019 Bullitt package – a new Mustang GT with the design cues of the original Bullitt movie car driven by Steve McQueen. In honor of the legendary actor, Chad McQueen’s race team and a handful of well-known automotive performance companies have teamed up to create a unique, “Steve McQueen Edition” Bullitt Mustang.

Of course, they gave this limited edition pony car a name that leaves to question as to the inspiration for this package, as the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang embodies the spirit of the original movie car into a modern, high performance machine.

Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang Front

“Ford’s Mustang has always been a big part of my dad’s legend,” said McQueen. “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.”

‘Steve McQueen Edition’ Bullitt

The Steve McQueen Edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is the result of a project carried out by Chad, McQueen Racing, Steeda Performance Vehicles and Galpin Auto Sports. Their goal was to increase the overall performance of the new pony car without drastically changing the appearance and in looking at the images here, it is safe to say that they succeeded.

Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang Rear

In terms of exterior appearance of this unique Mustang, upgrades were kept to a minimum, with a more prominent front chin spoiler, rear quarter window louvers, a rear deck lid emblem and Steve McQueen Edition Wheels by HRE measuring barely doing enough to make this car stand out from the production version from Ford. The inside isn’t all that gussied-up either, with illuminated door sill plates, a serialized dash plaque, a McQueen Racing shift knob and embroidered floor mats, but this car isn’t about show – it is about go.

Performance Upgrades

In order to improve the overall performance of the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang, the team added a McQueen Racing Cold Air Intake and Performance Tune that lifts the output up to 500 horsepower, a Tri-Ax short-throw shifter and a Clutch Spring Assist with Perch Kit Upgrade. With these simple modifications, the McQueen Edition Bullitt packs more power than a standard unit while also getting through the gears more quickly.

The star of the package is the McQueen Racing Performance Suspension Package by Steeda. This elaborate upgrade transforms the Bullitt Mustang into a road-handling beast, with the team making changes at just about every point in the chassis.

Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang Wheels

This package includes front and rear sway bars with welded billet ends, billet front and rear sway bar mounts, an independent rear suspension bushing kit, an independent rear suspension subframe alignment kit, an independent rear suspension subframe brace, progressive-rate springs, a bump steer kit, performance tuned shocks and struts (unless the car is equipped with MagneRide), camber plates, a K-member support brace and billet vertical links.

Finally, a set of Nitto NT555 G2 tires helps the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang handle the turns and put the power to the ground.

High Performance Options

If the details above don’t create a 2019 Bullitt Mustang that is unique enough or powerful enough for your liking, the team offers a handful of optional upgrades to address your needs. This includes a rear seat delete package, a four-point roll cage, Ford Performance severe duty half-shafts, a carbon fiber driveshaft, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dark charcoal brake calipers and – most importantly – a Whipple supercharger package that lifts the output to 800 horsepower.

Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang Rear Side

Cost and Availability

McQueen Racing, Steeda and Galpin only plan to offer 300 examples of the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt for each model year and with a price start at just $20,995 for the package – this is likely to be a popular option for new Bullitt Mustang owners. Of course, that doesn’t include the 2019 Bullitt Mustang “donor” that is required for the build, but when you factor in the $47,495 base cost of the car, the final price of $68,490 isn’t all that high for a limited edition, uniquely-built Ford Mustang GT. Visit Steeda’s webpage if you want to order one.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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