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TRUCK TREND: 2019 SALEEN SPORTRUCK

First Drive: 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
700 Glorious Horsepower

By: JASON GONDERMAN on SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
Original Article: TRUCKTREND.COM

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck

To power-hungry auto enthusiasts, the name Saleen should immediately conjure up images of slick race cars and smoking tires. Steve Saleen, founder and CEO of Saleen Automotive, began racing professionally in the ’70s and continued what would be a storied and successful career as both a driver and team owner for the better part of three decades. As an auto manufacturer, Saleen’s companies are known for having built some of the coolest cars and trucks on the road, including engineering, developing, and assembling the legendary 2005-to-2006 Ford GT. Saleen has also built one of the winningest supercars of all time, the S7. For those of us who don’t want to drop a cool million on an S7 but still desire a Saleen in the driveway, Steve’s current company, Saleen Automotive, constructs a line of custom Fords that are hard to beat.

While Mustangs are cool, and Saleen Automotive has built a lot of them, the company’s 2019 Sporttruck is far and away our favorite. It’s based on the popular Ford F-150 platform, and customers can choose from four different power levels, starting with enhanced 2.7L (340 hp and 410 lb-ft) and 3.5L (350 hp and 450 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 engines, a naturally aspirated 5.0L (415 hp and 420 lb-ft) V-8, or a supercharged 5.0L (700 hp and 600 lb-ft) V-8. The Sporttruck comes standard as a single cab but can be ordered in either Super Cab or Super Crew as well.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Engine
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Engine

In addition to multiple power levels, there are three progressive levels of customization, starting with White Label, then Yellow Label, and finally the top-tier Black Label. When Saleen offered up the keys to a supercharged Black Label (#001 in fact), we were headed out to its facility before even hanging up the phone.

The nose of our Black Label truck was dressed up with a functional front air dam, front brake ducting, a racing-inspired grille design, and a uniquely sculpted hood. Around back, the Sporttruck features Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck nicely into the rear valence. Side skirts add a nice touch but honestly got in the way of entering and exiting the vehicle, as they can’t support the weight of being stepped on. All models are lowered with Racecraft suspension and are fitted with 22-inch wheels and General Grabber UHP tires.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Suspension
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Suspension
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Wheel
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Wheel

The interior gets a unique Saleen treatment as well, with two-tone leather sport seats, embroidered headrests, white-face gauges, and embroidered floor mats. We could have honestly done without the Saleen sticker placed over the steering wheel’s Ford blue oval, but we digress. And if a factory Ford paint color doesn’t do it for you, Saleen offers 13 custom exterior choices.

We spent a week behind the wheel of Sporttruck #001, and we honestly regretted giving it back instead of just disappearing to a beach in Mexico somewhere. With 700 hp on tap, the truck is an absolute riot to drive. The wide General tires provide an adequate amount of grip and, despite its short wheelbase, the truck handled remarkably well. We affectionately referred to it as a menace due in part to the fact that the exhaust was obnoxiously loud and our juvenile brains couldn’t handle accelerating at any rate other than wide open. The truck’s large 15-inch brakes with six-piston calipers did a great job of keeping the speed in check. We still have our reservations about the factory 10-speed transmission’s ability to survive 700 hp, but there are several companies punishing them in this way, and, so far, the reports are favorable. While we’re certain there’s a fair amount of torque management happening to facilitate this survival, we did enjoy the shifting of this transmission versus the competition in this space. So kudos to Saleen’s tuning department for whatever magic they performed.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Rear
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Rear

The interior of the truck was comfortable and cozy, and we enjoyed the leather seats. While Saleen will build any trim of truck a customer desires, the crew prefers to start with an XLT. Though we understand why they prefer the lower trim package, we’d still like to see some of the higher-end niceties such as navigation, adaptive cruise, and blind-spot monitoring when we’re paying north of $70k for a truck. We also wouldn’t order a single cab—other than a play toy, they’re nearly useless.

If you’re in the market for a high-power street-oriented pickup that’ll turn heads everywhere you go, the Saleen Sporttruck is a no-brainer. And to top it off, the Sporttruck is sold through Ford’s dealer network, making current incentives applicable (if the dealer so chooses) and retaining Ford’s factory warranty. Pick the Black Label with a blower and go have a fun time munching tires and burning gas. We’ll take a Super Crew Lariat in Ruby Red, please.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
2019 Saleen SporTruck (Black Label)
Base price: $39,270
Price as tested: $75,505
Engine: Supercharged 5.0L V-8
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Horsepower: 700 @ 5,750 rpm
Torque: 600 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Towing capacity: Not rated separately
EPA fuel economy rating: Not rated separately
Actual calculated economy: 11.51 mpg
Miles driven: 186.1

[Source: Truck Trend]

SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE REVEALS A NEW AND INNOVATIVE VEHICLE

SALEEN SPORTRUCK ADDED TO VEHICLE PERFORMANCE LINE

CORONA, CA—January 11, 2018, Saleen Automotive will reveal its latest Saleen-designed performance vehicle, the 2018 Saleen Sportruck, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, at 11:00 A.M. and live on Facebook (Facebook.com/Saleen/).

Steve Saleen’s extensive history in truck racing includes the most wins in the SCCA Truck Series and well as a national championship. Saleen, no stranger to the truck market, began its heritage with Sportrucks in the 1980s with Ranger pickup trucks, S331 Pickup trucks, and the limited-edition Supercharged Harley Davidson for Ford. Saleen’s level of performance and design makes the new 2018 Sportruck a must-have for the enthusiast.

“This addition to the product lineup demonstrates the Saleen Company’s commitment to its Brand and continued growth in the sport car and truck markets, returning Saleen back to its position of dominance,” stated Saleen Automotive President Amy Boylan. “The return to our heritage with the Saleen Sportruck is a perfect fit for our program. We now have a full line of high-performance vehicles carrying the Saleen Brand,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen.

The Sportruck will be offered as a 700 HP V8 Supercharged edition with a full flow Saleen designed exhaust system, and other power options. It will also be offered in RegularCab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. All design elements hold true to Saleen’s exceptional aerodynamic designs. The Truck will feature Signature Saleen fender vents, a minimum-drag, high-downforce front facia, side skirts, and a unique functional rear facia while still maintaining the utility of the truck. It is also equipped with Saleen Racecraft Suspension with Racecraft specific-rate front coil springs, front performance shocks, specific-rate rear leaf springs, rear performance shocks, and front sway bar and bushings. Equipped with Saleen Alloy 22×10-inch front and rear wheels, the Sportruck will ride on General Tire Grabber 305/40/22 front and rear rubber.

The Performance interior includes Saleen signature two-tone leather sport seats with Saleen embroidered headrests, front and rear floor mats with Saleen embroidery, Saleen Race-inspired pedals, Saleen White Face gauges, Saleen race-inspired center-stripe leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a serialized Saleen plaque.

The Sportruck is offered in the exclusive 13 Saleen Colorlab exterior paint colors. In addition, Saleen includes its Signature Series Warranty (3 years/36,000 mile limited).

Saleen Automotive Inc., based in Corona, CA, offers three main product lines, which consist of its Saleen Super Cars, Saleen Signature Series, and Saleen Performance Vehicles. All are designed and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA. Contact Saleen Automotive to place your order.

Media contact: cbenty@saleen.com

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
‪714.400.2121
www.saleen.com

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SALEEN RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR 2018 LINEUP

SALEEN RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR 2018 WITH THEIR 700HP SPORTRUCK
AND ADVANCED PERFORMANCE MUSTANG LINE UP

Aggressive exterior redesign and advanced performance specs highlight changes to all-new
Saleen Signature models

CORONA, CA – October 2, 2017 – Saleen Automotive, highly respected for innovative high performance vehicles of all kinds, returns to the truck market with the announcement of their new 2018 Sportruck. Available beginning in November 2017, the truck will again be based on the popular Ford F150 platform. Power will be offered in four levels including enhanced Eco-boost turbocharged 2.7 and 3.6-liter engines as well as naturally aspirated and supercharged versions of 5.0-liter V8, the top level achieving a whopping 700HP.

“We are excited to have returned to our heritage with a high performance Saleen Sportruck that fits perfectly within our program for a full line of high performance vehicles carrying the Saleen brand,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our truck heritage includes many race wins in our Ranger-version of the Saleen Sportruck followed by the extremely popular Saleen S331 Sportrucks. Ford chose to use Saleen Superchargers on the Harley Davidson F150 editions, which were installed at the Saleen factory in Troy, Michigan. The time is right that we return to the market with a product that feeds an audience of hungry Saleen truck enthusiasts.”

The Saleen Sportruck will be instantly recognizable as a Saleen-exclusive offering. The new bodywork includes a functional air dam, front brake ducting, racing inspired grille and hood with center sculpting. The rear of the truck will feature Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck neatly into the lower rear valance for a race inspired look. Racecraft suspension, Saleen signature interior appointments and big brakes are standard. The trucks will be equipped with side skirts and Saleen-exclusive alloy wheels wrapped with high performance General Tires.

All New Signature Saleen Mustangs Now Available

The much-heralded release of the 2018 Ford Mustang has set the stage for an even more exciting debut – three new 2018 Saleen Mustangs. Best of all, for those customers who are on the fence with regards to the new Ford’s “freshened” design changes, rest assured, the new Saleen will wrap its high performance abilities with an exterior that delivers an aggressive performance look that enthusiasts will certainly embrace.

2018 Saleen Mustang
2018 Saleen Mustang

The 2018 Saleen Mustang line up builds upon its three previously available performance levels; the White, Yellow and Black Label models. Each will sport a very aggressive, Saleen-exclusive front fascia that includes functional ducting throughout, angled headlight pockets and all-purpose grille and hood that are a dramatic change. Complemented with high performance wheels, race-bred General Tires, advanced suspension components and more horsepower, the new Saleen Mustangs are an amazing value that anyone considering a muscle car purchase should put on their short list.

“Expanding upon our tradition of delivering truly unique performance models that offer something special for discerning performance enthusiasts, the 2018 Saleen 302 is our best looking and performing car yet,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our signature line of Saleen 302s sets the bar for vehicles that are not only great looking and deliver premium performance but also maintain an affordable price level so that any enthusiast vehicle buyer can find a car that fits their need. Our White, Yellow and Black label cars feature power and handling along with unique interior styling.”

Saleen is currently taking orders for the all-new 2018 Saleen Signature Series Mustangs and Sportrucks with delivery slated for the end of 2017. Interested parties can call (800) 888-8945 and ask for the sales team!

About Saleen® Automotive, Inc.
Saleen® is an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories, and apparel. Founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications. Saleen® plans to utilize its existing strategic partnerships and dealer network to refine its design and engineering prowess, continue development of emerging automotive technologies, and expand its presence nationwide with a combination of automotive retail services, aftermarket parts and new vehicle sales to build significant long-term value. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

Click here to participate in the discussion.

[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SALEEN SPORT TRUCKS RETURN FOR 2018

NEWEST OFFERING WILL FURTHER EXPAND LINE UP OF SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE
PERFORMANCE VEHICLES FOR 2018

2018 Saleen Sport Truck
2018 Saleen Sport Truck

CORONA, CA – September 20, 2017 – Saleen Automotive, highly respected for innovative high performance vehicles of all kinds, returns to the truck market with the announcement of their new 2018 Sport Truck. Available beginning in November 2018, the truck will again be based on the popular Ford F150 platform. Power will be offered in four levels including enhanced Eco-boost 2.7 and 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated engines and a supercharged version of 5.0-liter V8.

“We are excited to have returned to our heritage with a high performance Saleen Sport Truck that fits perfectly within our program for a full line of high performance vehicles carrying the Saleen brand,” Said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our Sport Truck heritage includes many race wins as well as a national championship. In the past, our Saleen S331 Sport Trucks and the extremely popular Ford Harley Davidson F150 SC were produced at the Saleen Automotive factory. The time is right that we return to the market with a product that feeds an audience of hungry Saleen Truck enthusiasts.”

2018 Saleen Sport Truck
2018 Saleen Sport Truck

The Saleen Sport Truck will be instantly recognizable as a Saleen-exclusive offering. The new bodywork includes a functional air dam, front brake ducting, racing inspired grille and hood with center sculpting. The rear of the truck will feature Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck neatly into the lower rear valance for a race inspired look. Racecraft suspension, Super Charged optional interior and brakes are also available. The trucks will be available with side skirts or a full body step kit and Saleen-exclusive alloy wheels wrapped with General Tire high performance tires.

Saleen is currently taking orders for the all new Sport Truck with delivery slated for the end of this year. Interested parties can call 800.888-8945 and ask for the sales team!

About Saleen® Automotive, Inc.
Saleen® is an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories, and apparel. Founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications. Saleen® plans to utilize its existing strategic partnerships and dealer network to refine its design and engineering prowess, continue development of emerging automotive technologies, and expand its presence nationwide with a combination of automotive retail services, aftermarket parts and new vehicle sales to build significant long-term value. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

Click here to participate in the discussion.

[Source: Saleen Automotive]