Steve McQueen’s Son Builds His Own Bullitt Mustang Package
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.