• Oct 28, 2009

2010 Saleen S281 Mustang - Click above for a high-res image gallery

We got a sneak peek of the new 2010-spec Saleen S281 Mustang via Saleen's Flickr page earlier this month, but now we have our first full look of the car thanks to our friend Brad Barnett over at TheMustangSource.com. These pictures have confirmed our initial reaction to the teaser photos, which is most definitely positive. Saleen's designers have managed to retain much of the design language that made previous versions of the S281 so popular while updating the style enough to properly flow with the lines of the 2010 Mustang. Check back next week for our full SEMA coverage and live photos of the new Saleen S281. Until then, hit up the high-res gallery below and see the car for yourself.



[Source: The Mustang Source]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Much more cohesive than the last one. The rear end doesn't look forced like the previous generations.

      +1 vote for IRS
      BTW,
      www.mustangirs.com
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking Saleen in a long time, it is a lot more understated then previous generations i.e. lack of numerous gills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car simply looks elegant, mean, raw, agressive. Great Job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saleen to me is dead. They did their whole customer base a disservice by not honoring warranties. I'll be looking elsewhere for my Mustang porn, tyvm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Last I checked they are honoring all their warranties? I think you have been miss-informed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        check out their website to get the real story, warranties are honored. And probably for real, not like the "other guy" who claimed to pick up the warranties as a PR move, i know some guys who never got paid from him which is typical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you for correcting me. Didn't know the whole story as must have missed the last release linked. Wonder why it took four months to correct the misinformation? If anyone knows the whole story I'd love to hear it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Google Saleen and Warranty...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't care for it. Again, I think the best Mustangs are what comes from Ford, such as the GT and the Shelby. I think the days of tacked on body kits are over. Roush and Saleen should stick to performance mods.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new S281 looks amazing, the new CEO Mike Shields has done an unbelievable job upholding the Saleen name. What does everyone think?
      • 5 Years Ago
      YAWN.

      About as exciting as a Camry.

      Ford should just admit....with all of their new boring appliances, they really are the United States arm of Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this s281 is hardly boring, and well being like toyota doesnt sound all that bad... tons of faithful (some of whom are blind to anything else) customers with checks ready to be written. lol

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but I still think there are too many different Mustangs out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This actually looks sweet! Although it would be nice to have an option for an IRS for the Mustang so the handling can be better, in my opinion that is all and I know that it is a cost for putting this setup for a car, like on the Camaro and Challenger. Overall I love Mustangs!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It wouldn't be a Mustang article without someone bitching about the live rear axle, nevermind that a Mustang outhandles an IRS-equipped Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Live rear axle on the new Mustang actually performs as well as a 335i or E46 M3 (and better then the other ponies) on track, slalom and skid pad numbers. Ford sold it's soul to the devil for it's astonishing handling abilities... or after 45 years of tinkering, you learn a thing or two about how to set up the rear axle on these things. The money (read here that it would be $100 per car) to make them IRS is stupid cheap, but the R&D that would have to go into the chassis engineering would be much higher, and thus passed on to us.

        I don't disagree with you, however. It's just not the magical formula you think it will be...

        • 5 Years Ago
        "But it was Ford Special Vehicle Team's (SVT) refinement of the chassis that made our staff declare the GT500 the best Mustang in the model's long 45-year history."
        http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS41348+28-Oct-2009+PRN20091028
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not much of a muscle car guy, but that's gorgeous... They seem to have fixed most of the awkwardness of the current (and previous) Mustang's rear end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, but the 2011 Mustang GT with the coyote 400hp motor will be priced less and since Steve left Saleen just isn't the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are correct, its not the same, it is even better after Steve left. I guess you can only be left hanging out to dry for so long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice. That is a good looking car. I really like that hood scoop (I've never said that before because the functional ones are usually not great looking and the rest are cosmetic, which I think is stupid). The front end is nice too.
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