The American tuner Steve Saleen has a very hard time keeping his hands off of Ford Mustangs. Somehow whatever Mr. Saleen touches ends up not only looking better, but also has a lot more horsepower, goes faster and handles better as well. Saleen’s bread and butter for the past decade has been modifying Ford’s 4.6 Liter modular V8 powered Mustangs and transforming them into special edition individually numbered Saleen S281s. It looks like the red, white and blue tuner is getting back into the swing of things after reopening their doors as Saleen Performance Vehicles with the upcoming debut of the 2010 S281 Ford Mustang at the SEMA show this November.

2010 Saleen S281 Mustang
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Saleen isn’t releasing too much information about the new turn key tuner car, only releasing a few of these teaser images. However we have seen what Steve can do when he puts his mind to it, like the more recent 2010 Signature Series SMS 460 Mustang that made as much as 650 HP depending on the owners wishes and the more mundane Saleen 435S that made 435 HP, both based on the 2010 pony car from the blue oval. If those cars are any indication of what Saleen’s plan is for the new 281 cubic inch Mustang, then the new S281 will feature a few aerodynamically designed body parts, a set of lightweight wheels to go along with a high performance lowered suspension and of course no Saleen muscle car would be complete without a supercharger under the hood. Saleen needs to move as many of these 281 cubic inch hot rods before Ford introduces the new 5.0 Liter Coyote V8 and they have to buy a whole new inventory of S302 stickers.


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  (182) posted on 10.10.2009

I can’t wait for more teasers to come. Or better yet, show us the real deal! This is one of the much awaited modified cars that is about to come out next year. I hope I can fast forward time.

  (177) posted on 10.10.2009

One of my favorite Saleen wonder is 2006 S281 Scenic Roof. It assured a unique driving experience and when I had the opportunity to try it, it was really true. So I really can’t wait to see what he’s up to this time.

  (183) posted on 10.10.2009

Best thing about Steve Saleen is that he was able to maintain close participation throughout product development, sales and marketing. Now that makes me think that Saleen definitely is Mustang’s number one fan!

  (182) posted on 10.10.2009

Saleen was included in the Mustang Hall of Fame in 1996. So good thing that he continued his legacy. He’s definitely just doing what he’s best at.

  (180) posted on 10.10.2009

He made wonders with the Mustangs. But who would have thought that Saleen’s interest in car started out with Porsche. But in 1982, his passion for the Ford Mustangs sparked. I wonder what he saw in the Mustang that he left Porsche?

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