• Jun 27, 2008

Saleen has launched a barrage of new products since company founder Steve Saleen left the company last summer including the S302 Extreme, H302SC, Dan Gurney Signature Series Mustang, Sterling Edition Mustang, and the S5S Raptor Concept. While these new Saleen vehicles are pushing the level of performance upwards, it seems that the price has ballooned, as well. We'd love to have a Sterling Edition Mustang in the garage, but realistically, how many people can afford a $90,000 Mustang? While Saleen may have increased desirability with its new models, the obtainability went down as a result.

Saleen may have the answer. In a recent letter to its dealers, Saleen announced that it would be introducing "a new brand of performance products...at a more competitive price point." Like Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti, and Honda Acura, Saleen will be able to have both a value and a high-end brand. Using the RaceCraft name, which has previously been the name of suspension components, the first vehicle in the lineup will be the 420S Mustang featuring a supercharged V8 with 420 horsepower, an array of suspension upgrades, 18-inch wheels and tires, aluminum instrument panel, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 420S graphics and more. All for $38,995. Considering a fully loaded Mustang GT can easily exceed $30,000, the 420S actually seems like a pretty good deal. Also in the works is a RaceCraft Ford Focus with a target price of $20,000. Hopefully they'll keep the nitrous out of the car this time and won't get fined by the California Air Resources Board.

A list of features for the RaceCraft 420S Mustang can be found after the jump.

[Source: The Chrome Pony]


RaceCraft 420S Mustang features:

· Racecraft 4.6L SOHC Supercharged V-8
· Horsepower: 420 @ 5800 RPM
· Torque: 400 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 RPM
· 39 lb. fuel injectors
· 98 mm mass airflow sensor
· hi-flow inlet tube and air box cover
· Performance air filter
· Racecraft specific rate front and rear coil springs
· Racecraft front struts (N2)
· Racecraft rear shocks (N2)
· Racecraft front sway bar and pivot bushings
· Bridgestone Potenza All-Season Performance Radial Tires
· 18"x9" Front and 18"x10" Rear Aluminum Alloy 'Torque Blade' wheels
· Racecraft exterior badging
· Racecraft logo side rocker graphics
· Racecraft '420S' performance vinyl hood graphics
· Racecraft rear decklid graphics
· Racecraft 180 MPH silver faced speedometer with MyColor feature
· Satin aluminum instrument panel upgrade
· Racecraft steering wheel badge
· Leather-wrapped steering wheel
· Leather wrapped billet aluminum shift knob
· Leather shift boot
· Performance cloth seats with Racecraft embroidered headrest



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's great. Not only can't I afford a $90K Mustang, I wouldn't buy a Mustang if I did have that kind of money. Not exotic enough. However, I can see paying a few thousand for a Racecraft version. That's as dolled up as any Mustang needs to be.

      Only problem is that the name Racecraft makes me think of boats for some reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What they really need is a ChrisCraft Mustang with wood paneling, red and green foglamps and some cleats on the rear deck for mooring lines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe there finally can be some good looking semi-performance cars that get decent MPG. Maybe now other auto makers will follow in Saleen's footsteps
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. I'd never pay 38k for a mustang let alone 90.
      2. Another Mustang?
      3. Enough already.
      4. Found On the Road Dead.
      5. Ford should bring the stuff from Europe over here.
      6. Who will buy this, gas is $4 a gallon you know.

      you get the idea...

      Add to the list.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why do you want 5 and 6 if you believe 4?

        just because a car/platform is so popular as to spawn such a level of personalization and involvement from after market companies like NO other, doesnt mean you should bash it for all the versions out there.

        jealous because the rice rockets dont inspire such loyalty, such involvement from the after market crowd?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hold on a minute....

        (1) This isn't a new version of the Mustang that Ford is releasing, it's a story about Saleen, and their business direction.

        (2) Yea, we get it, gas is expensive... and guess what, some people still like to have a unique version of a vehicle that performs well and uses more gas then a subcompact does.

        (3) "Enough already" is right.... try to come up with something that we haven't heard 100 times.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey guys, I guess I should have added what I was commenting on was all of the usual comments you get when a Mustang related entry is posted. It was all tongue in cheek, a joke, an ill-fated attempt at comedy. I was hoping we could come up with some other typical comments. Apparently it is working...
      • 6 Years Ago
      400 HP and stays inder $40,000! Not a bad deal at all. Looks good too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Direct competition for SRT8, I like it. Sounds to be like this could be a relatively cheap 12 second car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. I'd never pay 38k for a mustang let alone 90.
      2. Another Mustang?
      3. Enough already.
      4. Found On the Road Dead.
      5. Ford should bring the stuff from Europe over here.
      6. Who will buy this, gas is $4 a gallon you know.

      you get the idea...

      Add to the list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a 06 GT owner, I must say I hope this is the nail in the coffin for the pos Shelbys. They charge 10k more but with only 15hp more, it's a huge rip off and all the idiots still think they are collectibles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Shelby comes with a supercharged engine putting out 500hp. The Bullitt is mostly cosmetic and only does 315hp
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree Nick, Shelby is too expensive and I'd rather have a Bullit than a Shelby. The reason collectors love it is because it is an actual Shelby car, not a Ford product, unlike the gt500.
      • 6 Years Ago
      400 HP and stays inder $40,000! Not a bad deal at all. Looks good too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I got my 400 HP for under $30,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG another Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice and very well-priced. It obviously won't appeal to everybody, but it offers enthusiasts something they can reach for if they want to.

      $38k is a lot of money for a Mustang, but it's similar money to an Evo, STI, 135i, SRT-8, G8 GXP, etc. If this is your "thing" then rock on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the car. It would allow me to customize the look without having to go for someone elses style.
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