• Feb 22, 2008

Click above to watch the Saleen S281 and Roush 427R do battle

While Saleen and Roush have always been competitors for the dollars of Mustang lovers everywhere, the two companies have somehow managed to co-exist for decades. But which makes a better Mustang? Former FIA F300 driver Derek Hill of Web Rides TV had the opportunity to pit the Saleen S281 against the Roush 427R to see which legendary pony car tuner would come out on top.

At first, the battle of the two supercharged Mustangs doesn't look like a fair fight. The S281 has 465 hp and 425 lb-ft, some 30 more horsepower and 25 more lb-ft than the 427R. The S281 also weighs 300 lbs. less than the more visceral 427R. As New York Giants fans can attest, however, just because one team looks better on paper, when the game is being played, anything can happen. Hit the jump to view a video of the 427R against the S281 in 0-100-0, slalom, and on-track tests. The video is incredible, and the two vehicles aren't nearly as evenly matched as you might think.

[Source: Web Rides TV]





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      • 6 Years Ago
      No i haven't
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me either. Still a cool vid though... one serious gripe: not enough real time video. Everything was sped up too much. Still, I'm surprised at the body roll on the Saleen. The rebound rates seemed all screwed up. It was bobbing all over the place. I'd definitely pick the Roush over the Saleen if I wanted a $60k Mustang... but I don't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No such thing as a 2008 Roush 427R. The '08 models are 428Rs. But wow, more weight, less horsepower, $10K less in price, and the Roush outperforms the Saleen in just about every test.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Color me surprised that the Roush won. I've always thought of Saleen as emphasizing suspension, and roush just power.

      The hp and weight numbers are totally in Saleen's favor, I can only imagine that they just didn't engineer it as well as Roush did. Or they got a bum Saleen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All of the trick camera and flashy effects and timing equipment is great. But they should've just had the two cars go head-up in a drag race. That's all most of us can use these cars for anyway. Head to head... There are much better car comparison's on YouTube...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm, am i the only one that thinks something is wrong with the weight estimations of the saleen?

      3356 lbs my A$$.
      That number is like 400 lbs off.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, the stock 08 stang is somewhere in the 3600-3700 range.

        3356 is lighter than my 95GT.
          • 6 Years Ago
          3,600-3,700? Not even close. Try 3,483 for a GT Coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seeing as an 08 Mustang Bullitt weighs just under 3600lbs (according to MT), it may be possible...if the use of weight saving materials are used. But a savings of 250lbs is a tad much.

        What cracks me up the most is that these two vehicles could smack the crap out of a GT500. Now, if this is what the GT500 was really like from the factory and not the 4k lbs pig it really is, I would have more respect for it. What is even more funny is that these things (I can never find the same weights online) weigh significantly less than a GT500...take note Ford engineers...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Possibly one of the most wooden, unnatural presenters I've ever watched...on any program.

      Stick to driving cars, Derek. Leave the presenting to guys like the 3 Top Gear "blokes". Hell, I'd rather watch Alan Decadanet, and he can be pretty stiff sometimes.


        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh god. You're so right. This guy is terrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought Top Gear did this awhile ago, and then wheeled out Stiggy in a Lotus to try and overtake it in one lap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yes, truly must've thrown in the GT500... it would've lost most likely to the Roush.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats with all the guns?

      And why do they make such a big deal out of every test with all the "exciting" cuts and typical reality tv show rock music-- instead of showing the tests and the real footage? What good is watching the two cars fly around here and there for cuts that last less than a second each if you can't get a feel for the cars through their characters and acutal performance?
      • 6 Years Ago
      something just aint right...how does a car that is heavier with less power out run a car that is lighter and more power but still the same car? someone lied on their power ratings...i think this fight would be closed for sure with a 1/4 mile then a DYNO would be nice to see what is really goin on!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what I have imagined Top Gear USA will look like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have....this is an awesome comparison, long overdue. But where is the 1/4 mile showdown?! I think the Roush's looks will stand the test of time better. Great video quality, but it is true that more live shots would have been better. Would have been cool to have the GT500 thrown in too.
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