Based on the 2010 Ford Mustang, Saleen’s latest interpretation features both styling and engine tweaks, that some might describe as flawless.
"The new S281 is an excellent example of what those words mean when we craft concepts into real cars. Our team has done a terrific job; I'm proud of them and proud to be offering this car to our customers," said Mike Shields, CEO of Saleen Performance Vehicles.
Starting with the vehicle’s performances, the S281's 4.6-liter V8 engine is equipped with a Saleen Series VI.5 twin-screw supercharger and dual-stage intercooler and mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. This enables it to develop 485 hp and 624 Nm of torque.
Aside from a new grille, front fascia, extended rear fascia and trunk lid with integrated wing, the exterior design is completed by 20-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires, and Saleen S281 Supercharged fender badging.
Inside, the S281 features new, leather sport seats with Ultra-Suede inserts, highlighted by chevron-like Ultra-Suede red tabs in the seatback bolsters, and redesigned gauges, steering wheel, center console and shifter. There also are contrasting Saleen logos in the door panels, and Saleen logos in the door sill plates that illuminate when the door is opened.
"Our goal was to create the most visually enticing American sports car ever," said David Byron, design director at Saleen Performance Vehicles. "Ford provided the perfect launching pad with the 2010 Mustang, which allowed our team to create a car that's world class and authentically Saleen. We painstakingly toiled over every bend and break in the body and every stitch and fold in the interior."