By: KATHY JACKSON on November 8, 2004
Original Article: AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, VOL. 79, ISSUE 6120
Dateline: LOS ANGELES —
The 2005 Saleen Mustang will have more power and be sold at more Ford dealerships than the 2004 model. Production began last week.
Saleen Mustangs, built by Saleen Inc. of Irvine, Calif., are aftermarket Mustangs with higher horsepower and sportier looks than production versions.
Saleen Mustangs will come in three models: the base S281 and the supercharged S281 and S281 E.
At the California International Auto Show two weeks ago, Saleen President Steve Saleen said he wants 150 dealerships on board by next spring, up from 75 now. He also said the company is starting a training program to teach dealers how to sell performance vehicles.
All three models will be equipped with 4.6-liter V-8 engines.
The base model, which will be launched this month, makes 325 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque, compared with 290 hp and 330 poundsfeet of torque for the 2004 model.
The supercharged S281 goes on sale in January. It makes 400 hp, up from 375 last year. Torque is 420 poundsfeet, compared with 415 last year.
The E model will arrive in the spring. It is expected to make more than 500 hp, compared with 445 for the current engine.
Prices will be about $39,000 for the base model, $45,000 for the supercharged model and $55,000 for the E.