With Steve Saleen back at the helm of his namesake automaker, another recognizable name is reappearing in the Saleen sports car lineup. As previewed by the above rendering at the LA Auto Show, the Saleen 351 returns after a 13-year absence with 700 horsepower under the hood – take that Shelby GT500.

That much horsepower is brought to you by a 351-cubic-inch (hence the name) supercharged V8 that also pumps out 655 pound-feet of torque. Power is laid down through a six-speed manual gearbox with a performance clutch and a 3.73 rear axle ratio. The brakes have been upgraded with 15-inch disks for improved stopping performance, too.

For styling, Saleen gave the car carbon fiber front and rear splitters, staggered-width 20-inch wheels, a functional butterfly hood scoop and what it refers to as an "F1-style tail lamp." Strangely, the tuning house didn't actually bring the 351 to the LA show, so we're going to have to wait a bit for more images of this bad boy. Pricing and release date have not been announced yet, either.

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SALEEN ANNOUNCES THE 351 MUSTANG

Enhancing the current model lineup with the specially built 351 Cubic Inch offering.

Los Angeles, CA – (November 29, 2012) Hot on the heels of Steve Saleen regaining his namesake brand comes the first model announcement since the news was released. Making his announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the well known man of Mustangs announced the Saleen 351 Mustang.

"Since regaining the Saleen brand, I really want to bring it all together with the heritage that Saleen is known for", said Steve Saleen. "With the current Saleen [302] Mustang model it provides all the right features to bring back and update the S351 model."

After nearly 13 years since a Saleen production vehicle has been powered by a 351 c.i.d. powerplant, this new model debut has an exciting list of technological and design offerings under the Saleen 351 model name.

Power

The most notable component in the 351 is the Saleen engineered 351 cubic inch V8 engine which will produce 700 hp and 655 ft-lb of torque when paired with theSaleen 296 supercharger system.

"Everything about this project has been mindful of the goal to create the most potent Mustang on the market", said Al Wagner, V.P. of Engineering. "I think we have certainly pushed the bar in the production Mustang segment with our 351 offering. Once the project came together I couldn't help but thinking; if the 302 mustang is using a coyote engine, the 351 is definitely the gray wolf of the class."

Transferring all of that power requires the use of some specialized equipment as well. The Saleen 351 will utilize a 6-speed transmission equipped with a high performance Saleen clutch system, and a 3.73:1 final drive ratio to ensure that the power will be where its most required, on the ground.

Brakes, Wheels and Tires

Working in conjunction to the wheel, tire, and Saleen S4 suspension are the Saleen 15" brake package which are a well-placed component of this 700 hp Saleen vehicle. "A multi-piston brake caliper setup is critical to a high performance vehicle of this caliber", added Wagner. "The amount of power that this vehicle can deliver is astounding and needed to have a well composed counterpart allowing it comparable stopping power."

Rounding out the performance system on the 351 are the Saleen 5-spoke alloy wheels wrapped with high performance tires. Setup in a staggered formation of 20x9 front and 20x10 rear, the slalom performance times and corning capabilities are set to be on-par with levels approaching those of pure bred racecars.

Design

Building on the design elements from the Saleen 302 Mustang, the 351 will feature the Red Butterfly Center Ram Air Induction system which has become a signature of the Saleen brand. A truly functional system, the Red Butterfly hood allows cold air to intake through the butterfly scoop design as they open-up under throttle. Once the air passes through the butterfly openings it is directed through the engine compartment to the 351's powerplant where it becomes a tributary to the air intake system. Additional design components include full carbon fiber front and side splitters, as well as a carbon fiber rear diffuser which houses the F-1 style tail lamp. A complete treatment of Saleen 351 badging and graphics will also be included to complement any one of the standard or custom Saleen paint schemes available on all Saleen vehicles.

Saleen – Born of Racing

Steve Saleen's high-performance history delves beyond the first Saleen Mustangs that went on sale in 1984. As a race car driver, Steve launched his racing career in 1969, where he competed in his first time trial. He then proceeded to win the first race he entered in 1970, and then moved to a professional racing career from the 1970's through the 1980's and 1990's ranging from the Formula Super Vee, to the Formula Atlantic, and later to sports cars, truck and Indy car series. Based on his racing and manufacturing successes, Steve catapulted the company to new heights by entering the luxury supercar niche in 2000 with the Saleen S7, at the famous Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance in Monterey, California. By the following year in 2001, the race version was introduced – the S7R, and was quick to dominate racetracks around the world, including a Win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010.

Saleen – The Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer

As a Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer since 1984, Saleen offers a range of White, Yellow, and Black Label high-performance vehicles: The Saleen 302 & 351 Mustang,Saleen 570 & 570X Challenger, and Saleen 620 and 620X Camaro. Everything at Saleen is literally built from the ground-up, by skillful hands. The Saleen staff consists of a wide range of designers, R & D engineers and production team members that works together pushing the envelope of development, manufacturing, and certification of high-performance specialty vehicles.


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      onewayroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I for one are happy as a pig in poop to see Saleen back in the game.
      Mike Kilpatrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that's really stupid.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Kilpatrick
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        Trevor Taylor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Kilpatrick
        The only stupid thing about this article is that Saleen didn't bring the 351 to the Auto Show so that people could drool over it.
          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Trevor Taylor
          I don't think there are 351's to bring to any shows right now, honestly. But love the nostalgia - bring back the S351 badge and people will be lining up.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      700 hp for the street is useless & on the track this dinosaur with live rear axle is junk.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
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          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          Track-tuned cars beat cars that are not track-tuned? Oh... my... god...
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Yet it out performs the Camaro and Challenger. You're a moron.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        "700 hp for the street is useless & on the track this dinosaur with live rear axle is junk." You're just mad you can't afford it. 10 to 1 odds say this thing handles better than any tuner Camaro, if it's anything like Saleen's past Mustangs.
        Greg Hughes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        You should stop watching stupid movies. Live rear axles are used in almost every true track car. Ever watch NASCAR, that is all they use. It offers far better control, especially with high horsepower, if you know how to drive. Which admittedly majority or bow tie/ ricers don't know how to do. If you can't appreciate a legend like Steve well you really shouldn't waste your time looking at cars.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Greg Hughes
          Give me a break, dude. Nascar is just barely starting to use fuel injection on their cars. They're not exactly a fine example of the latest in racing technology. You must not know of many "true track cars" if you think most of them use a log axle.
        z06kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Agree with lucky vanos. I run in the most advanced groups on track. 500 is plenty on a 305 or larger Hoosier equipped red car. 700 is just for bragging rights. Or 100 mph fast and furious roll on races.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
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      Devin Baker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take that, Saleen 351, said the GT500, as it flew past the Saleen at 200mph. (Of course, if this thing is capable of 200mph then I will promptly put my foot in my mouth and shut up)
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devin Baker
        Love the Mustang, but the idea of 200 mph in alive axle car scares the hell out of me.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is cool indeed but its hard to be excited when an all new mustang is a year or less away. I cant wait to see a Saleen version of that one...
      Hunter Adams
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! That car is sweet! I can't wait for that rich doctor who lives in my neighborhood to get a hold of this! :P
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big deal. 5.7L should pull 2X with twin turbos easily....1100hp at 200hp/L. Supercharged, it's also generating 700+(50-100) hp with the supercharger drag. Still...it's warranted through Ford. Something to be said for that.
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        As an OEM, Saleen will offer the warranty not Ford. Believing all the LT1 marketing and car rag 'exclusive' early previews huh? Blue oval is already producing 600+ HP stock WITHOUT a gas guzzler tax. Name me a General vehicle that can do that?
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh
          Err a Volt with a **** ton of batteries????
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might be wrong but I am not sure the engine is the one from the gt500, it can also be a blown 5.0 coyote engine. Either way I like mustang cars for their looks and appearance, the perfomance on top of an already capable mustang, well that is a plus.
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        It's prob the 5.4 from the trucks/last gen GT500.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      What engine are they using as a basis, the mod motor or the Coyote?
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Coyotes are considered mod motors. This probably the triton 5.4. Not a bad motor as evidenced by the past 5 yrs of GT500.
        NeoS281
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Hey there Carguy1701. Steve Saleen will be starting with the original Ford 302 block. For more updates, feel free to follow soec.org or fan Saleen on Facebook. Thanks, J
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that we know the Boss 302 isnt coming back after 2013, maybe by the time the new Mustang comes out we can get a Boss 351. 5.8L bored and stroked version of the 5.0 with direct injection, making 500hp and just enough to be fun without being afraid of the throttle below third gear. I can only imagine that if the Boss 302 can handle so well with a live axle and a platform from 2005, what could be done with IRS and some lost weight. As for this Saleen 351, it looks like a mildly warmed over 2013 GT500 in terms of power, plus tighter ratios that would probably just mean harder to control wheelspin and thus worse 0-60, 1/4 mile times, especially if they retain 285's out back but dont bother incorporating a launch control system like Ford spent so long developing. I'd like to see this Saleen with 335s in the back and 285s on the front wheels...plus more durable brakes than the GT500.
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        The only problem with the GT500 brakes is a lack of cooling and pads that aren't aggressive enough from the factory. Several 2013 GT500 owners have put on some more aggressive pads, put in some DOT5 fluid, and given it some cooling ducts, and they had no problems at all with repeated hot lapping.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        I've heard talk that the BOSS 351 will be coming back. Hope the rumor is true and I'm really looking forward to the next 'stang. Performance improvements, a proper interior, IRS, smaller and lighter...should be a really good package.
      • 2 Years Ago
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