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800-hp Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang builds on Ford's tribute model

Just 300 of the Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustangs will be made.

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The movie "Bullitt" is nearly as iconic as the Ford Mustang. In 2018, the Dearborn, Michigan automaker revealed the limited edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, a V8-powered, high-horsepower take on the new Mustang, with some throwback design elements to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Bullitt" movie. Now a new "Bullitt" inspired Mustang has debuted with a limited production run promised. This time, it's not a straight up Ford model.

Steeda, the world's largest aftermarket Ford tuner, has teamed up with McQueen Racing, and Steve McQueen's son Chad McQueen to create the Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang. Just 300 will be made globally and less than 100 are currently unspoken for.

Steeda Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang The car retains its classic green paint job but gets numerous enhancements.Photo courtesy of Steeda

The car is based on the 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt and buyers can choose to upgrade the engine along with the list of other features. Under the hood of the most basic upgrade is a supercharged Stage One Bullitt upgrade that adds a 3.0-liter custom and color-coded Whipple twin screw supercharger and 10-rib belt pulley system to the car's already powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine. The resulting output is 720 horsepower.

The car also gets Ford Performance 1500-horsepower rated half shaft axles, which are a standard fit for all cars fitted with the installed supercharger kit.

Buyers looking to get more than 720 horsepower can upgrade to a Stage Two 800-horsepower supercharger kit that includes a green Alcantara wheel, free flowing H Pipe exhaust, and the option to delete the rear seat and add a color-coded half roll cage with embroidered harness belts.

All the models sold as part of the series gain suspension upgrades including a Stop the Hop package that utilizes the Steeda IRS alignment and subframe bushing system, IRS subframe braces, vertical links and rear adjustable toe links. Steeda says that by stiffening and aligning the rear subframe, the car's frame movement and wheel hop are minimized. The bushings help this happen without negatively effecting the car's nose, vibration, and harshness standards. The overall result is a car with increased traction off the line that launches straighter, according to the company.

Steeda has added Dual Rate Ultimate Performance springs to "make the most of the Ford MagneRide dampers" and increase roll control on the track. The outfitter is also giving all the cars Steeda's Tri-Ax shifter, which is machined from billet and delivers "a 30-percent shorter throw and more precise gear shifting action".

The car also gets some visual upgrades. There's a new front bumper and 10-inch and 11-inch wide 20-inch wheels that are colored gunmetal and have a polished finish. The wheels are wrapped in 275/35/20 and 305/35/20 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (replacing the 255s and 275s are fitted on the car straight from Ford). Steeda is also giving the car McQueen badging inside and out, and gas bonnet struts.

Each owner gets a letter of vehicle authenticity with purchase as well as an exclusive Steve McQueen Edition baseball cap, key fob, and a signed and numbered Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt print by Camilo Pardo.

Pricing for the model starts at £26,000 in the U.K. The first deliveries of the model have just occurred.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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