• Jul 22, 2009

2010 SMS 460 Mustang – Click above for a high-res image gallery

It appears that even while covering Saleen, Inc's warranties and protecting the brand image of his name, Steve Saleen has still found the time to build cars. After launching the 570 Challenger back in January and the 570X Challenger at the New York Auto Show, SMS has released additional renderings and information on its upcoming 460 and 460X Mustang. According to SMS, the car is in its final prototype testing changes and will hit the market some time later this year.

From the look of the CAD illustrations, designer Phil Frank stuck to much of the styling cues that made the original S197 Saleen Mustangs so popular. The front end gets a blacked-out grille with horizontal bars and the SMS logo, a more aggressive front fascia, and a dual-vented hood. Side skirts lead into the diffuser-style rear fascia, and like the Saleen S281, the rear end is elongated and the taillights are recessed, complimented to a spoiler that follows the lines of the car.

Performance upgrades sound like Saleen Mustangs of past as well. The supercharged 4.6-liter V8 produces either 470 or 655 horsepower, and each car gets upgraded brakes and suspension system including a Watts-linkage to help plant the solid rear axle. SMS claims the 460 Mustang will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds while the 460X should do the deed in four seconds flat. You can view all the details in the press release after the jump, and we've included the two new renderings in the gallery below.



[Source: SMS Supercars]

PRESS RELEASE:

Orange County, California. (July 20, 2009) Yesterday, Steve Saleen and his company SMS Supercars unveiled the first CAD illustrations of the 2010 SMS 460 Mustang at the "Mustangs Northwest Roundup" event in Seattle. The SMS 460 Mustang will be the only Mustang authorized to bear Steve Saleen's name, to use the benefit of his heritage and to incorporate his performance innovations derived from over thirty years of racing and manufacturing experience. Steve Saleen, President and CEO of SMS Supercars: "The SMS 460 Mustang embodies everything I stand for. It reflects my unrivalled tenure in the Mustang business, my passion and love for the Mustang brand."

The SMS 460 Mustang's striking design separates it from any other vehicle in the market. Chief Creative Officer of SMS, Phil Frank notes, "Steve Saleen's new SMS 460 Mustang is a dramatic, timeless and iconic visual statement that confidently leads the pack, continuing the evolution of the image of the Steve Saleen brand." The SMS 460 Mustang is in final tooling and prototype testing stages and the market launch is planned for later this year.

The SMS 460 Mustang will offer a 4.6 liter V8 engine featuring 470 hp and 427 ft-lb of torque, while the even more powerful SMS 460X Mustang engine with all new internals and extensive headwork pumps out 655 hp and 600 ft-lb from the enlarged 5.0 liter V8. Both use the new (patent pending) SMS 296 Supercharger for their incredible horsepower and torque gains. Transmission options are a 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual on the 460 or a 6-speed SMST manual on the top of the line 460X. Performance for both cars is striking.

The SMS 460 Mustang accelerates from 0 to 60 in under 4.5 seconds, while the 460X manages the same in closer to 4. In addition to engine output, handling, road holding and braking improvements, the 2010 SMS 460 Mustangs will feature Steve's signature Watt's linkage suspension with all-new geometry. New SMS 15" six piston front and 13" four piston rear brakes deliver impressive stopping power to match the jaw-dropping acceleration. The SMS 460X Mustang will also feature the unique (patent-pending) Steve Saleen Red Butterfly Induction System. The interior with all-new Alcantara and leather SMS performance seats features the patented Signature Series chevron stripes. Multiple seat chevron and SMS unique exterior colors are available through the SMS Tailor Made options.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Srt Challenger wheels on a mustang surprisingly works.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another moded Mustang. Really? There was just a huge hole in the market where the public did not have enough choices. If anyone could pull off yet another performace Mustang, I have faith that SMS will be one of the best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jackpot
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, the changes are subtle and not so far over the top like so many other after market mustangs that seemed to be designed specifically for 16 year olds
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2 generations old Saleens were nice and had some wow factor. The previous and this iteration just look like something with tons of plastic parts slapped on by some teenager. If there is anything old Steve should do is to improve on a sense of aesthetics. This is after all the man who said in a TV interview, of the S7, that a Supercar is measured by number of vents it has in the body work. This isn't the 1980s anymore. Tackiness is out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't spend any time on VWvortex. Apparently you do if you think custom cars have to be tacky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that looks bad-ass, and damn 655 hp? This thing is going to eat Camaro's for breakfast. I thought I read somewhere that either the Saleen or Roush were going to make a 700+ supercharged variant of the Mustang, is that right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Tyler - IIRC the Roush kits in the nighborhood of 600 hp are for the GT500...one @ 600hp that keeps the factory warranty, and another at 650 (or so) which voids it...can't recall the specifics.

        No Roush product currently offers that kind of power w/the 4.6L...which makes me wonder about this vehicle...NO WAY Saleen is getting 655hp out of the 4.6. Must use the 5.4L...
      • 5 Years Ago
      challenger srt rims much?????
      • 5 Years Ago
      God please no- don't let the spoiler(s???) look like that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Goodness!!! There are more styles of aftermarket mustangs than cars on the whole ford line!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad a series of poor management decisions drove the former Saleen into the ground. After creating the late-model Mustang performance segment, they completely lost touch with their audience and their customers. As far as I'm concerned, all recent model Saleen’s have been too much about bling and lifestyle and fell short in the performance area. Yeah, sure, anyone can throw on a supercharger on and make impressive horsepower stats…great to impress some naïve auto enthusiasts, but how does the car really handle? Compare it to a base Mustang GT and of course it’s better, but try comparing it to a world class sports car – like a Ferrari, Vette, Viper or Porsche. Saleen needs to get back to its road racing roots and substantially improve on track performance. Griggs Racing Products (Petaluma, CA), is a small niche Mustang suspension/chassis company that offers parts for those that want to build your own track worthy car and they also offer the GR40, a complete turn-key car that would destroy any Saleen/Roush/Shelby on the track. Their product is far superior…truly a confidence-inspiring ride! On a closed road course the GR40TT (street legal) pulled 1.55 G’s…amazing! Check them out at www.gr40.com. Match it up against any other Mustang tuner and there simply is no comparison in cornering, braking, overall ride quality, road handling manners….and lap times! Maybe Saleen should take care of the styling and leave the chassis to the experts…Griggs Racing Products. I say, go Griggs...or go home!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve who? Looks surprisingly tasteful!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be the first photo that comes up on Google image search for "Mullet-Mobile".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since 16 of the top 20 images are Camaros, (the others are two of a Gremlin, a GNX, and a lifted Toyota pickup) I'd say the S460 has it's bangs, er work cut out for it.
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