It looks like Steve Saleen is ready to roll out his all new lineup for 2014. While we were given a glimpse at what’s in store for the new, 2014 700HP Saleen 351, the rest of the lineup has been left mostly in the dark, until now.
Five models–White Label, Yellow Label, Black Label, 302SSC and a 351C.I. Black Label–will be available, ranging in cost from just over $39k for the “base model” White Label 302, to a jaw-dropping $82K+ for the 351 Saleen. All models will reportedly come with a 3 year/ 36,000mi warranty and plenty of power. Let’s break down each model and take a look at what makes them so different from one another:
As the lowest cost of the 2014 models, the White Label packs 440HP–comparable to the 2012-2013 Boss 302′s 444HP rating–while retaining many basic Saleen suspension and styling modifications. The White Label comes standard with a strut tower brace, strut tower plates and a complete S4 Package that includes springs, bushings and links. For Styling, Steve chose a set of silver 20×9 5 spoke wheels wrapped in what they will only say is “High Performance Tires.” The iconic Saleen downforce wing is also present, along with typical interior and exterior Saleen themed dress-up. Performance, Paint and Options are listed below:
Paint Options - Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clear Coat, Grabber Blue, Ingot Silver Metallic, Performance White, Race Red, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Ebony, Grey Metallic, and Gotta Have It Green Metallic Tri-Coat
Performance - 302CI 4-Valve DOHC V8 Engine
Horsepower: 440, Torque: 400 ft-lb, High Performance Calibration
39lb Fuel Injectors, High Performance Air Filter, High Performance Dual Exhaust with High Performance Mufflers, Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips
3.55:1 Final Gear Ratio, 625 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
3.73:1 Final Gear Ratio
6-speed Automatic Transmission
Performance wise, things start to get good with the Yellow Label Saleen. We’re talking a supercharged 302 packing 625HP good. Not to shabby for only the “mid model” offering. In fact, that’s only 37HP off what the 2013 Shelby GT500′s 662HP 5.8L motor is putting out. The suspension only has a few upgrades from the White Label, notably S4 sway bars and shocks/struts. Again, nothing out of the ordinary as far as interior and exterior styling. Let’s look at the options and performance aspects:
Paint Options – Same as the White Label 302
Performance - 302CI 4-Valve DOHC V8 Engine, Horsepower: 625, Torque: 536 ft-lb
Saleen Supercharger, Low Pressure Drop Internal Intercoolers, High Volume Intercooler Water Pump, Remote External Heat Exchanger, High Performance Calibration
47lbs Fuel Injectors, Cold Air Induction with High Performance Air Filter, High Performance Dual Exhaust with High Performance Mufflers, Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips
6-Speed TR3650 Manual Transmission, 3.55:1 Final Gear Ratio, 625 AMP Maintenance Free Battery
Options – 3.73:1 Final Gear Ratio, 6-speed Automatic Transmission
The Black Label is an interesting model. It is available in three forms; a 440HP “basic” trim, a 625HP 302SSC and, of course, the 351 Black Label. Without saying so, it seems the “basic” trim follows the path of the White Label with a few added bells and whistles both inside and out. The 302SSC seems to be a slightly redesigned version of the Yellow Label, again, with a few more features and styling effects. All Black Label Saleens do have added color options:
Plum Insane Metallic, Burnout Black Pearl, Tire Smoke White Pearl, Lizstick Red Metallic, Sour Apple Green Metallic, Orange County Orange Metallic, Maliblue Metallic, Pineapple Express Yellow Metallic, Shark Skin Metallic, Beryllium Copper Metallic, Molly Pop Pink Metallic, ChromeMolly Metallic
This is the big one, the Saleen we’re probably all most interested in. Saleen calls it their “crown jewel,” and what a car it seems to be. 700 Horsepower. 655FT LBS of torque. A red butterfly air induction built into the hood scoop. This car is going to be a monster and should be faster than even the 2013 GT500. The mod list is almost as large as the price tag and very well may be worth it to those with deep enough pockets. We’ll have to wait to see an image of the final product as Saleen has not released an official photo yet, but bet on this thing looking extremely aggressive. WheelsHere’s the Specs Saleen has released on the 2014 Extreme 351:
Performance – Supercharged 351CI DOHC V8 Engine, Saleen Supercharger with Asymmetric Multi-lobe Screws, Saleen Signature Series 700HP Engine Upgrade, Torque: 655 ft-lb, Low Pressure Drop Internal Intercooler, High Volume Intercooler Water Pump with Closed Single Pass System, Remote External Heat Exchanger, High Performance Calibration, 62lb Fuel Injectors, Forged Aluminum Pistons, Forged Steel Crankshaft, Forged Steel Connecting Rods, CNC Ported Aluminum Cylinder Heads, High Performance Valve Springs and Camshafts
Cold Air Induction with High Performance Air Filter, High Performance Dual Exhaust with High Performance Mufflers, Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips,
6-Speed Manual Transmission, Saleen Close Ratio Shifter, High Performance Clutch and Light Weight Flywheel, 3.73:1 Final Gear Ratio, 625 AMP Maintenance Free Battery
14.0” ABS Cross Drilled Front Rotors with 4-Piston Powder Coated Calipers
Suspension – S4 Specific Rate Front and Rear Springs, S4 Front Struts, S4 Rear Shocks, S4 Front and Rear Sway Bars with High Durometer Pivot Bushings
Albeit a bit confusing and
horribly interestingly named, two things seems to have remained constant between the old Saleens and Steve’s new cars–they are hella fast and look MEAN. I know I’d love to own one. It won’t be too long before you start seeing them on dealer lots and once these beasts hit the streets, we’ll know if the quality holds up to what we’ve always come to expect from a Saleen Mustang.
The Saleen Difference
Instead of buying new and dumping tens of thousands of dollars into aftermarket parts for the 2014 Mustang and building a race car or street monster, many choose to purchase an “off the shelf” Mustang, like the Saleen, that is ready for both track time and cruising down the strip. Others prefer to customize their Mustang themselves and build a car that meets a specific set of demands. Choosing one route over the other simply comes down to personal preference. Either way, cars like a Saleen Mustang will always have their calling in the aftermarket community and have become valuable collector’s pieces for tons of automotive enthusiasts.
What do you think will be the best selling Saleen in 2014?