Saleen Performance Vehicles announced it is preparing the new 2010 S281 convertible for public debut this weekend at the Fabulous Fords Forever! The event will be hosted at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. According to the black S281, Saleen will also show off with a silver coupe and the Saleen 435S.
It is a well-know fact that the S281 is based on the 2010 Ford Mustang plus the Saleen tradition of limited-edition, high-performance vehicles “for enthusiasts who are looking for an exhilarating driving experience, with refined drivability for real-world road conditions.”
The power unit is the 4.6-liter V8 engine, complete with a Saleen Series VI.5 twin-screw supercharger and dual-stage intercooler, producing 485 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s equipped with a short-throw, five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 final drive ratio.
Interior is great, too – leather sport seats with Ultra-Suede inserts, highlighted by chevron-like Ultra-Suede red tabs in the seatback bolsters, and unique treatments of the gauges, steering wheel, center console and shifter. Noticeable Saleen logos in the door panels, and Saleen logos in the door sill plates that illuminate when the door is opened.
In addition to this, the look of this beasty muscle car is enhanced with unique, 20-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso high-performance tires, and Saleen S281 Supercharged fender badging.
The new S281 convertible is the third vehicle launched under Saleen’s new ownership, after the 435S and the S281 coupe.