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2010 Saleen 435S Mustang - Click above for image gallery

Just days after a lawsuit was filed against it by Steve Saleen for the use of his name, MJ Acquisitions has launched its first Mustang model under the new company Saleen Performance Vehicles. The initial offering seems to be fairly light on visual changes, similar to the Racecraft-branded 420S Mustang that debuted last year, but Mike Shields, the new Saleen's CEO claims they wanted to "deliver a lot at an affordable price." Each 435S Mustang comes with a Saleen Series VI twin-screw supercharger that makes the 4.6-liter V8 good for 435 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, driven through a 5-speed manual and 3.73:1 gears. Improved handling is provided by a sport-tuned suspension package and 14-inch brakes up front. Customers can also opt for the Aero Package, which includes a chin spoiler and rear wing to go with the Saleen graphics and 18-inch alloy wheels that look to be a take-off of the Dan Gurney Signature Edition Mustang introduced by Saleen last year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect it to be somewhere in the low $40,000 range. Full details can be found in the press release after the jump.

[Source: TheMustangSource.com]


Saleen Performance Vehicles today unveiled its first 2010 product, the Saleen 435S, based on the new 2010 Ford Mustang. The introduction took place as part of the Special Vehicle Team Owners Association's annual "Mustang Week" event. The 435S is the first vehicle launched under Saleen's new ownership, following the purchase of Saleen Inc. earlier this year.

This car continues the Saleen tradition of offering limited-edition, high-performance vehicles for enthusiasts who are looking for an exhilarating driving experience, with refined drivability for real-world road conditions.

The 435S is designed to provide affordable, high-value performance.

"In these difficult economic times we wanted our first vehicle to deliver a lot for an affordable price," said Mike Shields, CEO of Saleen Performance Vehicles. "It was created much more for 'go' than for show. We focused on power and handling, and it's a great platform to build on if a customer wants to take it farther later on."

Heart of the car's performance is its 4.6-liter, 3-valve SOHC V8 engine, complete with a Saleen Series VI twin-screw supercharger and two-stage intercooler. This engine produces a vigorous 435 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. It's mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and has a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio with limited-slip differential.

The car rides 1.5 inches lower than a Mustang GT, thanks to its Saleen Racecraft performance suspension. The system is designed to reduce body roll, provide nimble, precise handling and improve traction, while retaining the compliant ride of a good daily driver. The suspension package includes springs, a stiffer front stabilizer bar, and nitrogen-pressurized shock absorbers tuned exclusively for the 435S.

The vented brake rotors, front and rear, are slotted and cross-drilled for improved feel and stopping performance. Larger, 14-inch slotted front rotors with 4-piston calipers are available as an option.

The 435S has the Saleen-signature long, low, sleek looks and aggressive stance that have distinguished the company's previous cars. Traditional Saleen styling cues include an understated trim panel between the taillights with "Saleen" in raised lettering, mesh covers over the fog lights in the grille, and the Saleen name and chevrons as graphic elements placed low on each side. An optional Aero Package includes a lightweight chin splitter and rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics.

Other exterior highlights include unique, 18-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels (19- and 20-inch wheels are available), and "435S" lettered on each side of the hood's power dome.

Inside, the modifications are designed to enhance the driving experience and to express the car's character. These include a new, short-throw shifter for quick, precise gear-changing performance, and new, driver-oriented gauges. These uniquely styled gauges retain Mustang's MyColor™ capabilities that allow the owner to select from more than 125 custom colors for the instrument cluster. The car's identity is highlighted by a Saleen logo embroidered on the headrests.

"All in all, we believe the 435S is the right car at the right time," said Shields. "It's a terrific performance value that we're proud to offer. And this is just the first of many great Saleen vehicles we'll be launching in the future."

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I prefer the mild styling of this car over the slightly overwrought design of the REAL Steve Saleen Mustang. Now I want to see it in Hugger Blue. tasty...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am surprised that there is a market for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is always a market for performance, Especially for a car that does all the performance work for you, and lets you add your custom flair to the appearance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really hate all these variations from 3rd party companies. Factory Ford GT and Shelby look the best. You cant beat the original cars. Personally I think Roush and Saleen should fall the waist side.
        • 6 Years Ago

        First of all that was a dumb comment as these companies have helped propel the Mustang and other cars into aftermarket greatness.

        Second, Roush and Saleen work closely with Ford. Saleen helped make the Ford GT. And Steeda looks to be getting bigger now that Saleen is falling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The real Saleen is who ever builds a new American supercar and races it at Le Mans in GT1. The other is garage that makes more special edition mustangs, that we desperately need more of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's all for looks as you can't use it on the street. Kind of a wast unless you can drive it on a track. Try to use it on the street and you won't have your license very long. As an 01 Vette owner I use about half the power of my car to get around. It is fun to look at in the garage, kind of like a piece of jewelry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a shocker. A Vette owner who doesn't drive fast.

        What is with you guys, you wait your whole life for your mid-life crisis, and when you get the Vette, you never get 'em above 3,000 RPMs. Did you forget why you wanted the car when you were young?

        Don't get me wrong, there are some of you out there that really drive 'em, but I can't find you... And I'm always lookin'.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I had a 86 Vette when I was 28 highest speed was 127 mph up hill. My freind got a ticket in my 01 when it was brand new. You really can't drive it with out getting on it. Alass it is a car that encourages you to feed the oil companies. A car ment to wast gas, though it does get 27.5 mpg on the hwy in 6th gear.

        I went down to the Waylen Invitational last night. The guy at the gate asked me are you racing on spectater, I told him I would race if I could race against an electric car. He said he didn't think they would let me race against a electric car so I was just a spectator.

        The Tesla's would have beaten me as my best 1/4 mile is 13.57. If you go more than 13.5 they kick you out. The Tesla's were doing 13.0's they could not cut a light to save there lives but it was fun watching them.

        The same thing they said to Patrick Swasye in Road House is what I though when I saw them, "I thought you would be bigger". I thought they would be more the size of a Vette but they are a fare amount smaller. Even though they were .5 seconds faster than my Vette I would have smoked them on the tree. The best light a Tesla cut was a .64, most were 2 to 3 seconds camping on the tree. I only took my vette down there once last year and I made about 6 passes my worst light was a 1. A nother was.7 the rest were less than .5 and it is a stick shift.

        Cheifstang, everyone knows there is only one American sports car and it is the Corvette. Oh yea and the Tesla.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks far more tasteful than the SMS version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but buying this car is just like buying a cheap Chinese knockoff iFone it has a logo on it that looks like an apple but it isn't approved by Steve Jobs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The SMS is more flamboyant, and I can see why people prefer something more understated.

      But the SMS seems more "Saleen" to me. Saleens weren't about muted, they were about custom bodywork, and engine/suspension tuning, and actual racing.

      The Saleen badged car looks like something that could be bought out of the FRPP catalog for a couple bucks. Way under-played for a Saleen name bearing car.

      The saleen named car almost seems more like a Shelby GT350 tuning package, than a full package car that Saleen used to be, and SMS seems now to be continuing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I totally agree. I always thought the 05 - 09 Saleen had the nicest kit in the aftermarket. However, this doesn't appear any different other than some graphics and a rear valance. For 2010, I think Ford got it right from the start. Even with the power upgrade, there's nothing here that couldn't be ordered from FRPP.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People need to realize that Steve Saleen sold his company in order to grow his name. HPA invested millions and got nothing in return. HPA sells to MJ and MJ is now the owner of the Saleen name. If Steve Saleen wasn't greedy and kept the units to a minimum cars per year he would not be using SMS today. It is a joke. Steve Saleen was just a name and the employees behind it made it what is once was.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately Steve had the luck of choosing only a couple of people who in turn found the right people to achieve what the Saleen name was known for; most of these talented engineers, technicians, and mechanics have since continued onward to greener pastures where their efforts are better recognized and more proportionately rewarded. When the last of the Saleen engineering staff was let-go, so disappeared all the engineering talent behind the powertrain, suspension, and aerodynamics engineering. The Saleen brand owned by MJ Acquisitions is no more than the shell of the name Saleen that came to be known only through the blood,sweat, toil and tears of the employees who were truly responsible for building such a special company. It is a shame that something so special was so easily destroyed by a few individuals with so short-sighted an approach to running a business in a cyclic industry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pitiful. 4.6 liters and a blower should have at least 460 hp/460 lb-ft torque.

      Audi 4.2 V8 gets 420hp without even a blower. Shame on Saleen.

      OTOH, maybe that's all the pitiful 4.6 block will handle. LOL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow...people forget the hp/liter factor

        they want to complain that the ford 4.6 "only" has 315 hp

        well it has 68.4 hp/liter ...which is right on par with the GM 6.2 which has 68.5
        the hemi 5.7 has 65 hp/liter....so enough with saying its a weak engine

        and also this blown 4.6 has 435 at a very conservative 6lbs of boost ...turn up the wick to 10 or 12lbs and you will have over 500

        and yes the Audi 4.2 in the RS models have 420hp ...thats a very expensive engine..im sure its a 20k engine or more ..since thats the price difference in the S4 and RS4..so its no comparing the two
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never been very impressed by Saleen's offerings, whether it came from old Saleen, new SMS, or whatever. The exterior styling never appealed to me at all (this example doesn't, either), and while the performance upgrades were okay, they didn't seem proportional to the price. They seemed more a rolling advertisement than anything distinctly cool. I'd rather have a GT with some suspension upgrades, stripped of its rear spoiler and badges. The best sports car in my opinion should have subtle, understated styling-- the proof should be in the actual performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now this is how a mustang should look. Not over done with retro styling gimicks. I especially like the wheels. Oh, and love the comment Chiefstang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok but we need a 69 boss 302 model .....
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