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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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The Ford Motor Company will recall about 3 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recall.

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Following the denial of a 2017 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 3 million vehicles, a move that will cost the company an estimated $610 million, according to internal estimates.

The petition is part of the larger Takata airbag recall and specifically involves the defect of phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate in the driver-side air bag inflators that Takata manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant. Ford wasn't the only recipient of the defective inflators. Mazda also utilized the parts.

The list of impacted Ford vehicles ranges from the 2006 to 2012 model years. They include Ford Ranger (2007-2011), Fusion (2006-2012), Edge (2007-2010), Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr (2006-2012), MKX (2007-2010), and Mercury Milan (2006-2011). Approximately 2.7 million of those vehicles are in the U.S. and 300,000 are in Canada.

Mazda is also part of the recall, with 5,848 vehicles effected by the inflator issue. Those models are 2007-2009 B-Series pickup trucks, which were built on the same platform using the same air bag inflators as the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger.

Late last year, the NHTSA ordered General Motors to recall 7 million trucks and SUVs after a four-year back-and-forth battle over whether or not the Takata air bag recall was absolutely necessary for GM products. The models recalled as part of this action are "GMT900" models that contain "SPI YP" and "PSPI-L YD" inflator variants. The GMT900 is a General Motors-specific platform that underpins a number of light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks and SUVs including: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Cadillac Escalade EXT. The petition involves approximately 5.9 million model year 2007–2014 vehicles.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the models NHTSA recently ruled needed to be recalled. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

In early 2020, 10 million vehicles were recalled after having their original equipment replaced with new versions of the same thing with the same design and chemistry rather than newly designed parts.

The Takata airbag recalls are part of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. It involves more than 67 million vehicles to date.

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The new Porsche Boxster 25 years celebrates the anniversary of the convertible's debut.

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Twenty eight years ago, a convertible concept car made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version of that car launched in 1996 with hardly any changes. It was the Porsche Boxster. Now it its fourth generation, Porsche has sold more than 357,000 of the coupes.

To commemorate the anniversary, Porsche is selling the Boxster 25 years, a limited edition model that takes design notes from the original Boxster and applies them to the current edition. All Boxster 25 years models are based on the Boxster GTS.

Porsche Boxster 25 Years

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The model features a copper-like shimmering brown Neodyme paint color in the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar, lettering, and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels. The original car was colored GT Silver Metallic and the special edition will be offered in that paint color as well as Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic.

Porsche script is featured own the fuel filler cap and there are high-gloss tailpipes on the car's sport exhaust system. The windscreen surround is finished in a contrasting black color.

The Bordeaux leather interior sits below a red fabric convertible top that bears the Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in black. The car's cabin also has an interior package in Aluminum, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with "Boxster 25" lettering, and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel.

Each model is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that has a top speed of 182 mph. There's a PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension, and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Boxster 25 years is available to order now and will roll into dealerships from the end of March 2021. Just 1,250 units will be allocated.

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