• Apr 30, 2007
click above image to view more pics of the Saleen S281 Heritage Edition

Thanks to the Saleen Owners and Ethusiasts Club, we can show you these pics of a new Mustang soon to be released by Saleen (Yes, another special edition Mustang!). The car is called the S281 Heritage Edition, and while we have no official information on the car besides what can be gleaned from these pics, it's apparent Saleen has taken many cues from the wildly popular Parnelli Jones Edition Mustang. The S281 Heritage Edition, however, is dipped in white rather than the iconic Grabber Orange paint color. It appears that exterior differences are limited to the absence of the shaker scoop and tie down pins on the hood. The graphics treatment is different as well, with a large black stripe only on the hood and two-prong black stripes on the sides. Thankfully, the rear louvers are in tact. The wheels also appear to be unique five-spoke rims, whereas the Parnelli Jones Edition wears seven-spokers, though we're not sure if this new set is a Saleen design or not. Finally, out back we can see the Saleen name spread across the rear deck lid and, wait, what's that down there? That's right, quad exhaust outlets in place of the pair of oval tips on the Parnelli Jones Edition.

Again, since we have no official info yet, we can't say what's going on under the hood, but we wouldn't be surprised if the same enlarged 5.0L powerplant in the Parnelli Jones Edition is offered here, as well. Of course, it could also be offered with the variety of engines available in the S281 lineup, all the way up to the S281 Extreme's 550-hp mill. We'll let you know when we have more info, but for now you can feast on these images.

[Source: SOEC.org]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      aSHIRTandTIEguy

      Great job. I totally agree with you!
      Maybe they should spend a little money revamping the Ranger. The Ranger is soooo simple. Yet soooo neglected.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rob---since when does a Mustang and a CAMRY--not Camery, compete? Its called the Ford Fusion, you know, the car that kicks the Camrys @zz. And import lovers call us domestic lovers uneducated rednecks all day long..lol riiight!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oops. Correction on the C6 and the word "include".

      The Boss and Bullits arent out yet. So I am not including those...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I LOVE FORD AND I LOVE MUSTANGS!
      (I WILL ONLY own FORD's my entire life to fend of import cars!)

      AND people would be as proud to be an owner of an AMERICAN made car if aftermarket tuners would focus on the full rounded package. Not just how much you can "wheelspin" the Mustang and wait for grip and loose to a FWD drive econobox!

      It is NOT HOW MUCH power the engine/transmission can produce! IT IS HOW MUCH power the engine/transmission can transfer into the tarmac to propel the car forward!!! AND then the SUSPENSION to get it around corners! Laws of Inertia!!!

      Another Speial Edition Mustang was announced today! I think I am gonna buy a Alpa Romeo and retract my previous statement at the top!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok. I am getting tired of all the special editions too...

      The list forgot the newest GT500 variant, the SuperSnake supercharged version.

      But as a saleen car, this does look somewhat promising. Amortize the Parnelli Jones parts, and sell more of them, without really diluting the PJ edition's limited run.

      I like the GT500 lower, GT upper front grille, with strakes across the lights. I like the smooth rear bumper, with the license plate moved up in place of the fake gas filler, and blacked out between the tail lights, and on the trunk lid, and the retro spoiler.

      Just a few changes...
      The Saleen S281 hood, or the 3d-carbon hood with the intakes at the leading edge...

      Saleen Scenic View glass roof. Gotta love the glass roof. Delete the louvers, and tint the rear glass, but that is just my preference. I'd also uncover the quarter windows... why limit rear visibility?

      Parnelli Jones-style wheels, those were slick wheels. the oval exhaust tips, as well.

      Aftermarket mirrors, or painted mirror accent appliques. Stupid barn door black mirrors...

      delete the reverse C-stripe. Modest lower door stripe is fine, or the saleen chevrons on the front fenders...

      Put the 5.0 Cammer under the hood, or else 4-cam supercharged 4.6.

      re-cover the interior in leather, or at least better quality vinyl.

      IRS, for the love of pete. Some actual handling potential... At least an aftermarket IRS, and possibly SLA front suspension.

      A diet might be nice for the car to lose a couple hundred pounds. composite panels, rear seat delete, less sound deadening, lighter chassis parts, or something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Post #13

      No one has as many special editions as Mustangs. The other cars you mention come out with factory special editions about every 4 years or so.

      It doesn't matte whether Ford does it or aftermarket...your still paying a lot of money for car that have mostly changes in its horsepower...not necessarily more refinement...and yes it still has a solid axle suspension. Even GM doesn't offer that anymore on any of its sports cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that notices the ugly black plastic side view mirrors that plague the Mustang? Evne the special edition cars have them. Why does Ford so this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please make it stop no more special editions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm curious. Does any of these special editions have an independent rear suspension? As I understand it, what the Mustang needs to be a proper performance car is a better chassis, not more power.

      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man the black on white looks great!

      Srivendel...most of the stories on this site about Mustangs have been option packages for a particular model. By the time the Camaro and challeger emerge, Ford will be giving the Mustang a facelift. We still have other Mustangs to be debuted, as well as new engines coming. Despite the Camaro and Challenger coming out, has there ever been a time when they beat the Mustang in sales?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2: I hate that and don't get it too
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good job, guys! Way to get all your special editions on the market before the Challenger/Camaro sh*tstorm hits and ruins your fun.
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