2008 Saleen Sterling Edition S302E Specifications
|Springs||Sport-Tuned Coil Springs (F/R)|
|Shocks and Struts||Front Struts (N2), Rear Shocks (N2)|
|Sway Bars||1.38" with HD Bushings (F), 0.79" (R)|
|Wheels (F)||20 in x 9 in|
|Wheels (R)||20 in x 10 in|
|Layout||Front Engine, RWD|
|Transmission||Close-Ratio 6-Speed Manual Transmission|
|Differential||3.73:1 MaxGripô Speed-Sensitive LSD|
|Engine Type||Modular 3-Value SOHC V8|
|Horsepower||620 hp @ 6300 RPM|
|Torque||600 lb-ft. @ 4400 RPM|
|Bore X Stroke||3.554 in x 3.800 in|
|Supercharger||Port Matched Series VI Integrated Twin-Screw Supercharger|
|Curb Weight|| 3645 lbs.|
|Length|| 189.1 in|
|Width|| 74.0 in|
|Height|| 56.0 in|
|Wheelbase|| 107.10 in|
|Weight Distribution|| 53/47 (F/R)|
|0-60 mph||Less than 4 sec|
Base Price: 2008 Saleen Sterling Edition - Approx. $100,000
Saleen Sterling S302E: It Doesn't Like to be Called 'Mustang'
No Ford tuner can come close to the pedigree of Saleen Automotive. To celebrate its 25th anniversary as partners with Ford in making the Mustang faster, more stylish and generally actually worth driving, Saleen has released the chromed out Sterling Edition S302E. The uber-Mustang is, in a word, breathtaking.
The Saleen Sterling Edition S302E begins with what amounts to a Mustang GT in an official partnership with Ford Motor Company. But Saleen automobiles are no ordinary Mustangs. They come as highly-polished, fully realized sports cars with the technical knowhow of the recently retired Steve Saleen, responsible for designing the legendary Saleen S7 supercar.
The Saleen Sterling Edition S302E will destroy even a brand new Ford Shelby GT500 from a red light standing start, and is composed enough to be effective at the track as well. Saleen Automotive pulled out all the stops in putting together the Sterling Edition, and just to look at it is to want one, even for those who wouldn't usually touch a Ford Mustang with a ten-foot pole.
SALEEN KICKS OFF THE YEAR IN STYLE WITH THE REVEAL
OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY "STERLING EDITION"
The phrase "Saving the best for last" just got an
exclamation point. Just when it appeared all the North American International
Auto Show reveals were complete, Saleen Automotive unveiled its 25th
Anniversary Sterling Edition Ford Mustang.
"At Saleen, automotive passion is more than a catch phrase, it is a lifestyle," said
Saleen General Manager, Marques McCammon. "Showcasing our Sterling
Edition Ford Mustang at today's Sterling VIP Preview is a demonstration of the
things that reflect the way our buyers live. They have a high sense of style, a
love for all things performance and an affinity for the exclusive. That is the very
theme of the VIP Preview event."
The Sterling VIP Preview was a night full of announcements from Saleen.
Among the more significant was the announced move of the Saleen World
Headquarters from Irvine, California to Troy, Michigan. "This is a strategic move
for the company," said Saleen CEO, Paul Wilbur. "Our Troy facility has one of
the most sophisticated low volume paint facilities in North America. When you
combine that with the phenomenal automotive talent pool that is available in
Michigan, it is a natural step." The executive stated that Saleen will maintain an
advanced engineering and administrative staff in the "Golden State" to support
ongoing operations, but vision would be driven from Detroit.
No night with Saleen is complete without product and the Sterling VIP Preview
was no exception. To commemorate 25 years of producing high performance
specialty vehicles, Saleen unveiled the Sterling Edition S302E. This 25 unit
limited edition version of the Saleen flagship car will deliver the patented blend of
Saleen style, performance and exclusivity that can only be rivaled by Saleen's
"The Sterling Edition S302E is the cream of the crop," said Saleen General
Manger, Marques McCammon. "Saleen is about details and we left none to
chance when we created this car. From the hand painted graphics, to the 16 oz
genuine sterling silver serialized dash plaque, this car has it all. This is the very
definition of a 100-point car."
Each badge is brushed billet, milled with the 25th Anniversary wreath. The car
rides on unique 20 inch forged aluminum alloy wheels with a state of the art
DurabrightTM corrosion resistant coating. The hand painted gunsight exterior
accent aims your attention from the rear of the car to the 25th Anniversary wreath
that adorns the hood. The Saleen engineered front carbon wind splitter and rear
air diffuser were designed to enhance the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The
vehicles sub 4 second 0-60 performance is arrested by massive 15 inch cross-
drilled vented rotors that are also unique to the "Sterling Edition".
The interior of the car is wrapped in luxurious black Alcantara and leather, with
silver accent stitching on the door inserts, dash and center console. To
commemorate the 25th anniversary, a genuine sterling silver serialized medallion
adorns the instrument panel. To insure that the driver can always stay
connected, it includes a navigation system and iPod connector.
The car's 620 horses are called into action at the simple push of a button by
virtue of the console mounted push button starter, offered for the first time on an
E car in this special edition model.
The "Sterling Edition" is packed with luxury and style that does not stop with the
vehicle. In fact, the customer will be welcomed to the brand in a way that is
genuine Saleen. "Every Sterling Edition S302E buyer will get the VIP
Treatment," says Saleen VP of Sales, Mitchell Gadd.
In an extreme lifestyle statement, Saleen announced that every buyer of the
Sterling Edition will receive a first class round trip visit to the plant for a guided
tour, dinner with Saleen executives, a photo album and portfolio of the car, letter
of authenticity, a serialized car cover, and Saleen apparel. "Saleen is an
experience and the Sterling Edition is a highlight of that experience," said
"We are anticipating a momentous year, beginning with our "Sterling Edition". We
are working on some very exciting projects and are prepared to deliver
exceptional, innovative vehicles to the market," said Chris Theodore, Saleen's
Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer.
Since the company's inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000
complete and EPA certified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile
manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles
worldwide, further emphasizing their capabilities and commitment to excellence.
A nine-time Manufacturers' Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen
manufactured the American super car , the Saleen S7, as well as the S281
Mustang, S331 Sport Truck and the Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition
Mustang. Saleen's manufacturing facilities are located in Troy, Michigan. The
Michigan facility has just completed all paint and assembly of the Ford GT as a
special project for Ford Motor Company and currently is providing paint and
subassembly for the Dodge Viper SRT-10.
For more information visit www.saleen.com.