An eight-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing,Saleen corporation has produced over 10,000 complete EPA certified vehicles, more than any other specialty manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing our commitment to excellence.
Now the car manufacturer unveiled its newest born creation, the Saleen Sport Truck S331.
The new Saleen fills the void left by the departed SVT Lighting and was built to have the utility of a truck, with high horsepower, sporty suspension, aggresive styling and excellent handling of a sports car as his CEO said: ’We set out to produce the perfect high-performance truck. The Saleen Sport Truck integrates higher horsepower, superior suspension, and aggressive styling with the best in functionality. Our sport trucks are the perfect answers for individuals whose lifestyles take them from the beach to the mountains to the country club, all in a day. They are also the perfect sport trucks for individuals who are passionate about what they drive — they’re for individuals who require sports-car-like handling and performance, yet whose lives require the utility of a pick-up truck. These Saleen Sport Trucks are exceptionally versatile high performance vehicles’, Steve Saleen, president and CEO of Saleen.
The powerful Saleen S331 is based on Ford’s popular F-150 Super Cab, but that’s where the similarities end.
Great aerodynamics and exceptional styling are engineering feats that have been Saleen hallmarks for decades, and the aero and styling of the Saleen Sport Trucks are truly exceptional. The Saleen Sport Trucks’ superior aerodynamics come from specially designed injection molded components made from Thermoplastic Olefins (TPO), built to withstand the demands of the truck. All Saleen front and rear fascias, side skirts are uniquely Saleen — built to be rugged and durable, yet stylish and performance enhancing.
An unique feature is it’s exaust system, a twin side pipes system that enhances power, performance, and sound. Because of the increased horsepower and distinguishable Saleen sound, the engineers at Saleen have affectionately named the truck, ’Thunder.’
The stylish Saleen front grille is also designed for improved aerodynamics. The Supercharged Saleen Sport Truck integrates a unique hood with exhaust venting grille and also has side fender vents, rear spoiler, and attractive tailgate panel.
The Saleen’s engineers made no compromise regarding the comfort of the cabin , no longer just for utilitarian uses, the racing-derived, totally upgraded interior of the Saleen Sport Truck has double-stitched leather sport seating throughout. The exclusive interior also incorporates a jewel-like instrument panel, featuring a twin-gauge pod display, integrated silver panels and bezels, double-stitched leather console armrest, and Saleen race-style pedals.
For the owners to uniquely personalize their Saleen Sport Trucks, the brand puts on display variety of optional packages, such as: HID headlamps, bedliners, tonneaus, tow packages, motorcycle, bike and gun racks, sound and entertainment systems, GPS, ski racks, and heavy-duty toolbox, and as you’d expect, there will be nothing standard about the Saleen options.
Due to the high demand ,from the brand’s cosumers, of a high-performance truck, Saleen gifted the S331, with a beautiful crafted 5.4L SOHC V8 engine with a unique, patented high-flow Saleen Series VI integrated twin-screw supercharger,here, air is compressed through the twin screws and then runs through the dual-stage, water-to-air intercooler, which reduces the intake air temperature. With this cool, dense air, the Saleen Powerflash(TM) performance calibration system radically increases the power and performance, which enables the motor to produce 450 hp and a monster 500 lb-ft of torque. A non-S/C version will also be available that will make 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
All that power needs some good braking power so Saleen equipped the truck with 15 inch slotted and ventilated discs in front together with 6-piston calipers. The rear discs are 13.7 inch.
Handling is improved through a Saleen Racecraft suspension that upgrades the underpinnings front and rear. New coil-over shocks, a tubular sway bar and urethane bushing tighten things up in front while revised leaf spring and N2 shocks keep the rear end down. The tighter suspension is a good thing, too, as it has to deal with a set of 23-inch forged wheels wrapped in a set of 305/40 BFG tires.
Saleen is no stranger to pickup trucks, having won 1991 SCCA Race Truck championship in a Ford Ranger. He also produced a limited run of 30 Saleen Ranger trucks for the street inspired by the race vehicles in the early ‘90s. Saleen is best known for his design and production of high-performance Mustangs and the unique S7 American supercar. His last entry in the truck market came in 1998 with the Saleen Explorer XP8. Saleen has always stressed that he is not a tuner but rather his company is a high-performance specialty vehicle manufacturer. The Saleen team follows the same procedures as any automaker in certifying to meet state and federal regulations.
The 2007 Saleen Sport Truck is scheduled to be in full-scale production in both Irvine, California and Troy, Michigan facilities in July 2006, and will run true to the manufacturer’s pedigree, which has been standard with every Saleen S281 Mustang and S7 supercar.
Each Saleen Sport Truck is fully-certified and carries a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty through Saleen, and will also possess the Saleen production bumper number, as well as an interior dash plaque.