• Jan 29th 2007 at 8:51AM
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In 1983 my family got cable. It was a pretty big deal. So big, in fact, that I remember the first thing I ever saw on cable, Cannonball Run. This summer the Great American Run returns, and with a pretty cool trophy for the winner of the race contest. Saleen is selling 24 of 25 limited edition Mustangs to contestants of the event, 11 of which have already been sold. Number 25 will be given away as first prize of the contest.

Since a Mustang isn't exactly a vehicle that's tough to find, this Saleen edition had to be something quite special. The V8 engine turns out a Shelby GT500-topping 600 HP and hauls to 60 in less than 4 seconds. The top speed is a ridiculous 200 MPH, which is amazing, insane, and very cool. Those numbers are pretty impressive for any vehicle, and with the Saleen name we think even Captain Chaos would love it. Oh, if the July 29 through August 4th race is making your mind wander, you can enter for $10,000. The run is limited to 400 entries.

With only 25 copies off the special edition Saleen Mustang, this is one exclusive ride. Not only is it a Saleen with 600 HP and a 200 MPH top speed, you can only buy it by participating in the race. Something tells us we'll see quite a few of these at Barrett Jackson next year, and number 25 will sell for some serious coin.

[Source: GT Spirit via Jalopnik]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Saleen will have no problem selling all of these. I imagine that'll be one fun to drive car. I can't wait to see some real pics of the thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paris is right. The mustang has been overweight since '94. My '93 Mustang weighed 3100 lbs with me in it (I'm 150 lbs) and a half tank of gas. That's about 500 lbs lighter than even the "standard" current Mustang GT, let alone the GT500.

      No point comparing it to all its rivals because they are all over weight too.

      350Z - Overweight
      Eclipse GS - Overweight
      BMW 335i - Overweight (My current '91 318is weighs only 2700 lbs with no driver and half tank of gas.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mustang's weight problem? As compared to what? 350Z is 100 lbs lighter but it is a 2 seater and more expensive. Eclipse GS is lighter but it is far less powerful, and GT is heavier and less power. BMW 335i is heavier than the Mustang.

      If you're talking about the limited production GT500, it is overweight, but the basic Mustang holds up against any competition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      how much torque? is it the 4.6 or 5.4 and supercharged im assuming?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Red/yellow rotors would look great by contrast.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree, why do you need so much hp in the GT500, when the car is just too heavy.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Well said Doug and Paris, I agree it's not only the Mustang that's too heavy, but I think it's weight gets alot of attention because we have pretty high hopes for Mustangs in general. Even Porsches are getting heavy.

      The weight problem in all cars is only going to get worse as we continue to put safety and cost of design/manufacture over pure driving pleasure.

      I for one wish Ford would put out a lightweight version of the mustang, forgoing some of the creature comforts. I heard the Bullitt Mustang coming soon may be close to that car. 400hp all aluminum normally aspirated engine seems to be the current rumor.

      Hau Thai-Tang I believe mentioned at least once that he'd like to get the weight down on the mustang but people want creature comfort over all out performance.

      BMW is doing this too, as can be seen in the 5 series. 500+hp and you can't enjoy it because they won't let you override traction control, etc,...

      anyway, just a thought.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a hard time taking Yates' Cannonball antics seriously.

      When your "Ultimate Bad Boy" schtick is delivered through an ad that resembles a "Diamonds are Forever" spot, it's time to admit that you're just another rich car snob.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I look at this picture, I keep expecting it to transform into a robot...
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