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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.

Photo courtesy of Steeda

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 MustangThe 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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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