• Oct 25, 2007

Saleen announced a new model called the S281 RF this past Friday at its retail store in Southern California. The RF, which stands for Red Flag, focuses on overall value and is priced between Saleen's 3-valve and supercharged models with an MSRP of $49,995. Performance upgrades include Saleen's Series VI supercharger that helps the V8 put out 465 horsepower, and the suspension has been upgraded to Saleen-spec, as well. Visual differences include Saleen's front and rear fascia, side skirts, 20-inch chrome wheels, and RF graphics and badging. Inside are reupholstered leather seats with red stitching, S281 floor mats and door sills, and a 200 mph gauge cluster. Production is limited to 100, and only two colors will be available: black and alloy. Follow the jump to view the S281 RF's complete list of features.

[Source: Saleen via MustangEvolution.com]


ENGINE
281 CID (4.6L) 3-Valve SOHC V8
465 HP @ 5800 RPM
425 lb-ft TQ @ 4000 RPM
3.55" x 3.54" Bore & Stroke
39 lb/hr Fuel Injectors
98 mm MAF
Port Matched Series VI Integrated Twin-Screw Supercharger
Dual-Stage Water-to-Air Intercooler System
Hi-Flow Inlet Tube, Air Box Cover & Filter
PowerFlash™ Performance Calibration
2.5" Stainless Steel Center Exhaust System

DRIVETRAIN
5-Speed Manual Transmission
with 8.8" Differential, 3.31:1 Final Drive
RACECRAFT SUSPENSION
Linear-Rate, Coil Springs (F/R)
Sway Bars, 1.38" with HD Bushings (F), 0.79" (R)
Front Struts (N2), Rear Shocks (N2)
Three-Link, Live Rear Axle with Panhard Rod

INTERIOR
Leather Performance Driving Seats with Red Stitching,
6-Way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat & Power Lumbar
6-Gauge Instrument Cluster with 200 MPH Speedometer
& MyColor Feature
Chrome Dash Vent Bezels
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Badge
Leather Shift Boot with Red Stitching
Leather-Wrapped Billet Shift Knob & Short-Throw Shifter
Performance Driving Pedals with Driver Foot Brace
Serialized Dash Plaque
S281 Floor Mats & Aluminum Door Sill Plates
Saleen Key Fob
One-Touch Up/Down Power Windows
AM/FM/CD Sound System
Two Power Outlets
Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
Air Conditioning
Rear Window Defroster
Dual Power Side-View Mirrors
Saleen/Eagle One Detail Kit
Owner's Document Portfolio & Warranty Guide

BRAKING SYSTEM
Power Assisted 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS
12.4" Vented Front Disc Brake System
11.8" Vented Rear Disc Brake

WHEELS & TIRES
20" Chrome Finished Alloy, 7-Spoke Wheels
High Performance Dunlop Tires
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

EXTERIOR
Injection Molded Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO)
Front & Rear Fascias
Injection Molded TPO Side Skirts & Door Cladding
Front Grille
Integrated Front Turn Signals
Rear Center Body Panel
Rear Spoiler & End Caps
S281 Supercharged Graphics & Identification
RF Red Saleen Windshield Graphic
RF Red Saleen Bumper Insert
RF Red Serialized Front Bumper
Serialized Engine Bay Plaque
Championship Wreath Graphic

SAFETY & SECURITY
Dual-Stage Airbags
Driver's Seat Position Sensor
Crash Severity Sensor
Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (Latch) Safety Seats
Remote Keyless & Illuminated Entry System
3-Point Safety Belts for All Seating Positions
Side-Impact Door Beams

COLOR COMBINATIONS
Exterior Color/Graphic Color/Wheel Color
Black Clearcoat/Red/Chrome
Alloy Clearcoat Metallic/Red/Chrome

GENERAL DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES (COUPE)
Vehicle Weight: 3620 lbs
Weight Distribution: 53/47 (F/R)
Wheelbase: 107.10 in
Track: 62.8 in/63.9 in (F/R)
Width: 74.0 in
Length: 189.1 in
Height: 56.0 in
Trunk Space: 13.1 cu ft
Fuel Capacity: 15.7 gal



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      • 7 Years Ago
      How is this better than the Shelby GT500? it has 500hp, 6 speed manual instead of 5, looks better, and starts at $43975 (inc guzzler and destination).
        Philometalist
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can only show you the door Chet, you're the one who has to walk through it.
        Philometalist
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, I think Richard Hammond from Top Gear did an episode where he put the 500 on a dyno and it turned out to only have around 460hp, only reason I remember is cuz he then proceeded to cross out the 500 with a sharpie and wrote the actual hp right next to it lol.

        Ohh the lies we are told....
        • 7 Years Ago
        The GT500 weighs so much more that the 500hp actually feels slower than the S281's 465. Plus the car handles like donkey $@*% because of the huge engine up front. The Saleen is well balanced with much better suspension. Plus, believe it or not, you'll get more head turns from any Saleen than a GT500.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If I am not mistaken, C/D or one of the mags tested a 450hp S281 and it posted better numbers than the GT500. The 5.4L in the GT500 really cheats this car from it's true performance. Instead of lugging around an iron block truck engine, this thing gets to keep the aluminum block 4.6L....which I believe weighs significantly less.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL @ you writing a paragraph of PURE EMOTION over a single sentence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although I like the looks of the gt500, remember its a pig and this s281 is probably a good bit lighter (and with less nose weight), so it probably wouldn't be much slower in a straight line and will probably be faster in cornering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd rather spend just a little more and have a gt500, which has more power and a 6 speed, and will hold its' value better. The fact that this Saleen has a 200 mph speedo and 20 in. rims is just laughable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually the chassis is a pretty good platform when the suspension is tuned. The roush did pretty well around the top gear test track very close to the 911 GT3 even:

      Aston Martin DB9 1.27.1
      Porsche 911 GT3 1.27.2
      TVR 350C 1.27.5
      BMW M3 CSL 1.28.0
      Roush Mustang 1.28.0
      Marcos TSO GT2 1.28.2
      Dodge Viper SRT-10 1.28.5

      • 7 Years Ago
      I KNEW IT.......

      we couldn't go two days without hearing about another GODDAMN Mustang.

      Now I'm just waiting on another article on the GT-R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too much is just too much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since many tracks tend to be smooth the axle is not prone to kick out in turns. That tends to be a trait that comes out on the street, where most of us drive. The Mustang has been quite successful at the track however. I get the feeling that most peole who knock the solid axle wouldn't buy a Mustang even if it had IRS. I prefer IRS which is why I bought an 03 Cobra. To me that was the most complete Mustang ever built. The reason to get a GT500 over this Saleen would be, while heavier, the upgraded internals, low compresion heads and larger displacement engine allow for major power gains. 600+hp is a pulley swap away. 700 with a new blower. I am unsure as to what Saleen did to the internals to handle more boost. Upgraded injectors and a flash will only go so far on stock internals.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Arent there people out there with Ford GTs producing somewhere around 900+hp on mostly stock internals?

        But I do agree, If I needed a car like this, I would go GT500. The blown 5.4L has proven to be a total beast.

        But if I am not mistaken, Saleen pretty much rebuilds the whole engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      such a sweet looking car.
      just so tired of the versions... and when is someone going to do a dash board conversion?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't it still more expensive than the GT500 MSRP? I know none of those are selling at MSRP, but that can't last forever...

      -n.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's the great thing about Mustangs, the base car is appealing enough, cheap enough and capable enough to do some fun stuff with.

      Sure, it's a "secretary's car" as Ol'Carrol Shelby once said, but it's got some legs.

      I for one can't get enough of all the Mustang stuff out there. It's fun, if you don't like it, look the other way.

      As far as Chris wondering how fast it would do the Ring, that is so not the point of these cars, but can you imagine how much fun it would be to find out? I'd venture a handful of overpowered mustang would be at least as much fun to drive around the ring as an AWD supercar, even if at a slower, more tire-smoking pace.
      • 7 Years Ago
      exactly what color is "alloy"?
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