The first Saleen vehicle launched this year, following the successful launches of the 435S and S281 in 2009, is the 2011 Saleen S302, which will make its official debut this weekend at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Based on the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0, the S302 is available in both coupe and convertible body styles
“We’ve taken high performance vehicles to the next level with this S302 Saleen,” Michael Timarac, Brand Manager, Saleen Performance Vehicles, said in a release. “The S302 is being built now and will be in dealerships in the coming weeks. I’m proud of this product and those who value performance vehicles will agree that the S302 is one of the best American exotic vehicles available on the market.”
The S302 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 425 hp and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (535 Nm), mated to a six-speed manual transmission and features a limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 final drive ratio. Refined exterior elements include a new grille and front fascia, an extended rear fascia and trunk lid with an integrated wing. Additional exterior highlights include 20-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires, and Saleen S302 fender badging. Inside the S302, there are leather sport seats with Ultrasuede inserts, highlighted by chevron-like Ultrasuede red tabs in the seatback bolsters, and unique treatments of the 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.