• Apr 16, 2010
2011 SMS 302 Mustang - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been nearly a year since SMS Supercars first showed us a rendering of their proposed 460 Mustang. And we had nearly given up hope that it would ever come out. But sure enough, Steve Saleen and the rest of his crew have been hard at work developing the new SMS Mustang. That car, now named the 302 Mustang due to the V8's displacement change for 2011, was officially unveiled today at the company's headquarters in Corona, CA.

Two separate versions of the 302 Mustang will be offered, including a naturally aspirated base 4V model and a supercharged 302SC Mustang. The 4V will produce 440 horsepower thanks to a few powertrain tweaks, while the supercharged model will boast 535 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

Both Mustangs will have a slew of standard features including the new SMS body kit, hood with heat-extracting grilles, 20-inch wheels and tires, upgraded suspension and brakes, and numerous interior appointments including Alcantara seats, 200 mph gauges, short-throw shifter and more. The styling appears to be a mix of the previous generation Saleen Mustang, also penned by SMS designer Phil Frank, along with the new design language featured on the SMS 570 Challenger. We especially like the elongated rear end that helps hide the awkward taillights, although we would probably do away with the massive spoiler.

As you'd expect from a Steve Saleen product, each model will offer impressive performance figures. SMS quotes a 0-60 mph time of under 4.5 seconds for the base 302 Mustang while the supercharged version can perform the same task in just 4.3 seconds. A higher performance model is also in the works, named the 351X Mustang, which we should learn more about in just a few months.

Pricing for both models is just about what we would expect, which is fairly expensive. The 302 4V starts at $54,990 while the 302SC Mustang will cost $64,990. Follow the jump for more details on both cars or browse through both of the live galleries below.




Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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Corona, California. (April 16, 2010) On the day before the 46th anniversary of the debut of the Ford Mustang, which was launched on April 17, 1964, Steve Saleen, the man whose name has become synonymous with high performance Mustangs, launched his most eagerly awaited SMS Signature Series cars, the 2011 SMS 302 Mustang.

SMS Supercars President and CEO Steve Saleen says: "Many automotive enthusiasts have embraced our SMS 570 Challenger, but I know our core fans have been waiting for the first Mustang to come from the new company, SMS Supercars. I am thrilled to be able to end the suspense today. With the new 5.0L 2011 Mustang arriving at dealerships shortly, it was appropriate for us to act swiftly and present our SMS 302 Mustang based on this early model year change. We know the 302 name will excite any Mustang fan as well".

After the successful launch of the 2010 SMS 570 Challenger in the Spring of 2009, the 2011 SMS 302 Mustang represents the second in the trio of SMS American Supercars, which will be followed by the introduction of the 2011 SMS 620 Camaro later this year. At first, two SMS 302 versions will be offered, the SMS 302 4V with a normally aspirated 5.0L engine, followed by the SMS 302 SC, using the patented SMS 296 Supercharger.

Continues Steve: "Our line of SMS Mustangs will be the only Mustangs authorized to bear my name, to use the benefit of my heritage and to incorporate performance innovations derived from my over thirty years of racing and manufacturing experience. With the extensive design, development, manufacturing, certification and warranty coverage that we put into each vehicle, the government agencies all recognize SMS as the manufacturer of record for these cars".

Power

The SMS 302 4V utilizes the all-new normally aspirated twin overhead cam 5.0L V8 engine with over 440 hp and 400 ft-lb of torque. This is accomplished with an all-new 4-valve head design, a high flow exhaust system, an optimized pulley drive system, premium fuel calibration and performance filtration.

The SMS 302SC will pump out over 535 hp and 450 ft-lb of torque, thanks to the use of the SMS patent pending 296 Supercharger System with Asymmetric Multi-Lobe Screws, SMS Six-PackTM Intercooler System and SMS patent pending Duo-Path Induction. Transmission options for both are a 6-speed Automatic or a 6-Speed TR3650 Manual.

Performance

The 2011 SMS 302 4V will accelerate from 0-60 in under 4.5 seconds and pass the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at a speed of 116 mph. The SMS 302SC numbers are even more impressive with a 4.3 second 0-60 and a quarter mile in 12.1 seconds at 119 mph.

Suspension

Both SMS 302 models come standard with the new and unique SMS S4 High Performance Suspension, comprising of S4 Specific Rate Front and Rear Springs, S4 Front Struts, S4 Rear Shocks, S4 Front and Rear Sway Bars with High Durometer Pivot Bushings and the all-new SMS unique S4 Watts Link rear suspension.

Both models utilize Pirelli PZero High Performance 275/35ZR 20 tires on 20" x 9" 5-spoke alloy wheels at the front and 275/40ZR 20 tires on 20" x 10" 5-spoke alloy wheels at the rear. The brakes with ABS Cross Drilled Rotors, Powder Coated Calipers and High Performance Racing pads deliver impressive stopping power to match the jaw-dropping acceleration.

Design

The SMS 302 has a striking design that separates it from any other vehicle in the market. Chief Creative Officer of SMS, Phil Frank notes, "The SMS 302 is a dramatic, timeless and iconic visual statement that confidently leads the pack, continuing the evolution of the image of the SMS brand." The sculpted front fascia utilizes a high volume lower radiator intake with brake ducts and an integrated front splitter with ducting for supercharged models. The striking new hood differentiates the car with its chrome trimmed heat extraction grilles. Available for either model as an option is the patented SMS Red ButterflyTM Center Ram Air Induction which debuted in 2008 on the SMS 25th Anniversary Mustang Concept. Notes Steve, "When those butterflies crack open under throttle, people stop and stare."

The bold side skirts echo the new Mustang's upper spear shape in the fenders while flowing seamlessly into the deep sculpting of the vented rear fascia. The high downforce rear diffuser includes a rear Formula One-style rain light in reference to Steve's racing pedigree. The most dramatic element of the SMS 302 is the transformation of the rear of the car through the integration of the rear fascia, rear fender caps and the trunk lid spoiler; which creates a longer silhouette and its exotic car good looks and makes the SMS 302 unmistakably a Steve Saleen product.

Interior

The interior with all-new Alcantara and leather SMS performance seats with the patented Signature Series chevron stripes, two-tone leather chevron door inserts, a leather-wrapped billet aluminum shift knob and leather wrapped steering wheel set the SMS 302 apart from lesser offerings. Instrumentation features a 200 mph gauge cluster and a supercharger gauge pod with boost and charge air temperature gauges for the SMS 302 SC. Standard features include a color keyed center console, a powerful Shaker 500 Stereo with SYNC® and a 276 Watt amplifier, aluminum SMS door sill plates and embroidered model designated floor mats to give the interior its finishing touch.

Tailor Made Options

SMS offers it's discerning customers a wide range of SMS Tailor Made options, including a dozen unique show car paint colors such as Burnout Black, Tire Smoke White, Sour Grape Green, Plum Insane, Pineapple Express Yellow and Maliblue to name a few. Customers can further personalize their car's interior in matching colors for the seat Signature Series chevrons and stitching if so desired.

Authenticity

Through the years, Steve's cars have become collector's items and many have held or even gained value due to their exclusivity and authenticity. After passing the extensive quality control and dynamic driving test, each SMS 302 is personally signed by Steve and then receives its matching serialized SMS VIN on the engine bay plaque, dash plaque and front bumper for authentication.

SMS 351X

While the SMS 302SC can win a fight with almost anything on the road, another legendary moniker is making its way back onto the road. Later this year, SMS Supercars will add the SMS 351X model. Says Steve: "with even more horsepower than the SMS 302SC, this supercharged beast will be the pinnacle performer of any production Mustang. More information on the SMS 351X will be released in the next few months".

2010 SMS 460 and 460X

SMS is in the process of completing the production run of 25 Limited Edition SMS 460 and 460X Mustangs based on the 2010 model year. These unique collector's items are powered by a supercharged 4.6L V8 engine. All of them are sold.

About Steve Saleen's SMS Supercars – Speed, Science and Style

SMS Supercars, a company founded by renowned race driver and automotive icon Steve Saleen, is a manufacturer of high-end lifestyle performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel. SMS Supercars designs, engineers, tests, certifies, manufactures and assembles all of its own products and vehicles. SMS Supercars vehicles include the SMS 570 and 570X Challenger and the SMS 302 4V, 302SC and 351X Mustang models. The SMS 620 and 620X Camaro models will complete the trio of SMS American Supercars in 2010.


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  • 23 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, see... I could buy a mustang that looked like that SMS car.

      Minus the pedestal wing, plus the "crystal roof" option (is it different in detail than the Ford glass roof?)

      No supercharger really needed. Honestly, is 400 naturally aspirated horsepower not enough for 999billion times out of a trillion, for normal roads? Really?

      But honestly why do none of these 'tuner' cars offer an IRS transplant, if Ford won't do it? Even if the Ford fanboys eviscerate anyone who says otherwise, IRS is something some people WANT... and why would a tuner version not offer it?

      Put the ControlFreak IRS kit under the back of that car, and just give it a whirl. Saleen stuff used to be about handling and racing, and making more out of Mustang's base platform.

      Add a butterfly-throttle intake scoop to the hood, like the 25th Anniversary concept that SMS had, and some custom LED tail light treatment on the back... (the extended rear bodywork looks much better than the stock weird tail panel styling.)

      If SMS's listed "minilite" wheel option is the same as the Saleen Parnelli Jones edition wheels, that could be really slick. Otherwise some BBS CH-R wheels, or something a bit more sophisticated.

      If I were going to get or build a tuner mustang... it would be significantly different than stock, and beyond just a body restyling kit, even a good one like this.

      And it would be that color blue. Very sharp.

      • 4 Years Ago
      autoblog,

      fix the f'ing galleries
      they suck and you can't even click on the large button anymore
      wtf

      makes me mad everytime i try to look at a gallery
      on the other hand it's reduced the time i spend ou autoblog by about 30minutes every day
      • 4 Years Ago
      handling and power jibes, aside i am frothing over that front grille
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice! Great job Steve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cough* Corvette Grand Sport $54000 under 4 sec 0-60 and better handling than these mustangs *Cough
      • 4 Years Ago
      @nickkop,

      1) Limited-slip Differential [cmon guys]

      Hey Nick, hate to burst your bubble dude but all 2011 Mustangs come stock with a limited slip diff, even the 3.7L V6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gorgeous color. I wonder if it is Kona Blue, or custom.

      The revised rear end is good, but the pedestal wing is un-necessary.

      I even like the wider tires than the wheels. I hate the stretched look. Nicely fitted tires like that look serious without looking like balloons, but not rubber-bands around a wheel, either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow awesome looking car! I wish I could make my own car but I guess my company will continue using the Saleen name on our car even though it's not a real Saleen!

      You can't buy somebody's legacy you need earn it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 007 grenade ports in front are hot!
      A red light race in this 'Stang would be..cool!
      ...just 64K?
      • 4 Years Ago
      $60k+ for a mustang?! I can barely swallow the price for a GT...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to really like the Saleen Mustangs back in the 80's and 90's... but then I used to really like my mullet around that time too. :)

      I no longer see the point of all these custom Stangs, and I am a Mustang fan to the core. It's just that Ford now does it more then good enough, and none of the aftermarket cars look remotely as good as a stock GT or Shelby. C'mon, the GT has 400+ and Shelby has 500+ horsepower... what more do you NEED? More is always better, but not in a street car, the Shelby already struggles with putting the power to the pavement without lighting up it's tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like it.
      classic mustangs are looking much better than this car...
        • 4 Years Ago
        put down the crack pipe that car is hot and im'..57
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