Saleen Automotive was founded in 1983 by Steve Saleen, who recently regained control of the company , and everyone knows it as the American company that builds some of the sickest cars in America. Now, just in time for its 30th anniversary, the company announced the launch of the special-edition lineup that it has dubbed the SA-30.
The SA-30 can be based on one of three different Saleen models: the 302 Mustang , the 620 Camaro , or the 570 Challenger . The SA-30 will be limited to only 30 units — 10 based on each model — and they will start from $95,000.
According to Saleen, despite the special edition using three different platforms, it will "share a common theme: Saleen Racing Heritage." Also, the new SA-30 "will capture the essence of Saleen style and performance that will truly place elegance and power in the hands of the very few."
The new SA-30 offers a nice list of updates to both the exterior and the interior, including a series of exclusive features and a very powerful engine under the hood.
Click past the jump to read more about the new Saleen SA-30.
The Saleen SA-30 package is based on a trio of American muscle cars: Camaro, Mustang and Challenger. This means that, regardless of the base model you get, it looks fantastic.
The Saleen SA-30 is offered exclusively with a custom "Tire Smoke" pearl white paint combined with yellow- and black-painted components and wheels coated in a matched pearl-white paint.
Another exclusive feature is the optional panoramic roof with frost-touch glass on the SA-30 320 Mustang. This allows to change the glass from from translucent to opaque by just pressing a button. The same system is also applied to the rear window. There is no mention of this feature being included on the Challenger or Camaro variant, so we assume it is an exclusive feature to the 302 Mustang version.
The interior is also completely updated with special "SA-30" badges on the serialized dash plaque, seats wrapped in perforated Alcantara offered in a color combination of black and white, and special SA-30 carpeting.
Saleen is also offering an optional Fastback package that will transform the SA-30 into a sporty two-seater. It includes the removal of the rear seat and rear deck, custom formed panels that separate the cabin from the trunk area, a race-style cross-brace and tailor-made leather.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Saleen didn’t give us a wealth of information on what’s driving these SA-30 beasts, but it did reveal that all three versions of the SA-30 will feature an in-house supercharger system, and the highest output comes from the SA-30 620 Mustang, which peaks at 625 horsepower. We assume that the Camaro will check in at just over 600 ponies and the Challenger will peak at right at or below 600 horses.
Keeping all the hoses in check is a Saleen suspension package that they inherit from the base packages, and a Saleen big-brake kit with tellow powder-coated calipers biting the discs.
The new Saleen SA-30 will be limited to only 30 units: 10 units based on each vehicle. Prices will start from $95,000.
If you want a model with the same amount of power, then the Shelby GT500 is the perfect choice for you. It is powered by a 5.8 liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
The GT500 is priced from $54,800.
Gallery Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Another great choice is the Camaro ZL1. Unfortunately it delivers less power than both the SA-30 620 Mustang and the GT500, but in terms of performance figures it is still a worthy competition.
The ZL1 is powered by a LSA 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. The ZL1 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 184 mph.
The ZL1 starts at $55.055.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
We know the SA-30 is just another way to celebrate an anniversary, plus it is a great way to celebrate the return of Mr. Saleen himself. With only 30 examples hitting the market, it will certainly be worth the $95k that it costs. We bet the SA-30 sells out in just a few months, if not days, so hurry up and get your orders in!
- Sexy and exclusive colors
- Who tunes nasty V-8s better that Saleen?
- The optional Fastback package sounds awesome
- Very, very exclusive
- A tad on the expensive side
- Limited details on the drivetrain
Gallery Saleen SA-30
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Saleen as a specialty vehicle manufacturer. To commemorate the event, Saleen Automotive will be producing 3 variations of its SA-30 model.
"Through our automotive passion we celebrate every day that we are able to continue to design, develop, and produce the cars that we manufacture", said Steve Saleen. "Once every five years, I celebrate the achievements with the automotive community through a commemorative vehicle."
As the sixth edition in the SA series, the Saleen Anniversary series vehicles have become well known and coveted among collectors and enthusiasts for their exclusivity and extremely low production numbers. Each anniversary edition vehicle also traditionally boasts a balanced blend of Saleen legacy and future enhancements.
A total of thirty Saleen SA-30 vehicles will be produced, ten each of a Saleen 620 Camaro, 570 Challenger, and 302 Mustang. Although each Saleen model is based on a different platform, all Saleen SA-30 vehicles will share a common theme: Saleen Racing Heritage.
Design and Livery
In years past, Saleen Anniversary editions have touted a distinct paint scheme that is deeply rooted in the motorsports livery from Saleen race vehicles. With thirty years marking the pearl anniversary, the SA-30 lineup will be available in a single theme consisting of a custom ’Tire Smoke’ pearl white Saleen paint with Speedlab yellow and black painted components that all come together to provide a distinct paint design that is instantly recognizable as a Saleen product. Additional color touches will be added in the form of color matched pearl white Saleen wheels.
The interior treatment has been completely redesigned for the Saleen SA-30 vehicles. In addition to the special edition SA-30 insignia on the serialized dash plaque, interior badging and SA-30 carpeting; the seating has been completely refreshed with a black leather and white perforated alcantara treatment that brings the 30th Anniversary livery to the drivers’ cabin as well. An optional complete interior reconfiguration in the form of a 2-seater Fastback setup is also available on each of the SA-30 Saleen models. This Saleen tailor-made interior package is the ultimate addition to the SA-30. It starts with completely removing the rear seat and rear deck, then the fabrication creates a true racecar type interior transformation with custom formed panels to separate the cabin from the trunk area. Adding to the structure while improving handling is a race style cross-brace that ties in to the rear shock towers. Following the fabrication, Saleen crafts tailor-made leather to give a final fit and finish to the ’rear seat delete’ option.
"When we began exploring some new Saleen styling that we wanted to debut with the SA-30 vehicles, we knew that we wanted something that spoke of our ’Born of Racing’ heritage and a rear seat delete came as a natural choice for the SA-30", said Sean Smith, Design Director. "Through the fastback design and we were able to add a lot of refinement to the interior while still retaining the racecar environment."
Technologically advanced design
The distinct SA-30 options are not only prepared for the interior but also projects outward in a familiar way. Saleen SA-30 302 model will also have a Saleen panoramic roof available option with a technological advancement, Saleen Frost-Touch Glass.
Debuting on the SA-30 302 Mustang, the Saleen Frost-Touch Glass provides that ability to have a complete panoramic glass roof while giving the option to change it from translucent to opaque with the touch of a button. This technology is integrated into the panoramic roof and rear window glass to allow the user to diffuse the light in both areas independently.
To quickly bring this technology to market for the SA-30 302, Saleen worked closely with Southern California based Glass Apps, LLC in a strategic partnership between the two firms.
"With past models, the panoramic glass roof was a fantastic compliment to any Saleen vehicle, but our #1 request was to develop a way to shade the glass without having to apply standard tint or add interior hardware", said Sven Etzelsberger, VP of Engineering. "We began working with this technology some time ago and it has come to the point where we are able to completely frost the rear window to the panoramic glass roof almost instantaneous."
Using suspended particle technology, the Saleen Frost-Touch Glass uses an electric current to energize and align otherwise randomly placed particles. When the Rear Window and the Panoramic Glass roof are in frost mode the level of solar transmission is reduced by 40 percent, and the amount of UV protection is increased by 98%.
Power and Performance
Providing the Speed portion of the Speed | Science | Style trifecta is a well-integrated Saleen supercharged package adorning each of the SA-30 power plants. Horsepower numbers vary for each SA-30 platform and will top out at 625HP with the SA-30 Mustang edition.
Providing grip and traction assistance is the Saleen suspension package that carries over from the current Saleen production vehicles. And stopping power is on demand with the yellow powder-coated Saleen big brake kits all as standard equipment for the SA-30 vehicles.
Availability, Pricing and Additional Information
As a total run of just ten SA-30 Camaros, ten SA-30 Challengers and ten SA-30 Mustangs availability is expected to end quickly for these exclusive models. MSRP for the SA-30 model is set at $95,000 before options. Orders for this and other Saleen vehicles can be placed today at Saleen dealers nationwide, or by contacting Saleen directly for a personalized ordering process which concludes at the nearest Saleen Authorized Dealership. For more information visit www.saleen.com