| Saleen S281s at a Glance |
| ||S281 ||Supercharged S281 |
|0-30 mph ||1.89 sec ||2.07 sec |
|0-60 mph ||5.26 sec ||4.99 sec |
|0-100 mph ||14.16 sec ||11.88 sec |
|Quarter-mile ||13.92 at 100.04 mph ||13.48 at 107.19 mph |
|60-0 mph ||122 ft ||122 ft |
|Slalom ||61.80 sec ||62.46 sec |
|Curb weight ||3,064 lbs ||3,064 lbs |
|Weight distribution ||56 front/44 rear ||56 front/44 rear |
|Fuel capacity ||15.7 gal ||15.7 gal |
|Wheelbase ||101.3 in ||101.3 in |
|Track ||59.7 in, front/61.5 in, rear ||59.7 in, front/61.5 in, rear |
|Width ||73.1 in ||73.1 in |
|Length ||183.2 in ||183.2 in |
|Height ||53.1 in ||53.1 in |
|Trunk space ||10.9 ci ||10.9 ci |
|Engine ||4.6 2V SOHC ||4.6 2V SOHC |
| || ||Roots-style supercharger |
|Horsepower ||285 at 5,100 rpm ||365 at 6,000 rpm |
|Torque ||315 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm ||400 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm |
Did you know that the upscale Saleen SR was wind tunnel-tested at Lockheed-Martin in Marietta, Georgia? This explains the SR's very slippery lines that make it a cut above the S281. The '01 Saleen SR takes street performance to its highest plateau with a mind-bending, supercharged 505 hp from more conventional Ford power: the fuel-injected 5.8L (351W) small-block.
"We've used our racing experience and adapted this technology into the engineering to make the SR the ultimate street-performance vehicle," Steve told us. He's not kidding either. The SR will crack 0-60 in considerably less time than the supercharged S281. Quarter-mile times will blow away most any '60s musclecar, including the 428 Cobra Jet Mustang.
What impresses us about the '01 SR is the use of the pushrod 351W small-block with time-proven snap-and-twist and a six-speed transmission. The six-speed offers us two overdrive ranges for better cruising. In back is a fully independent rear suspension with 3.55:1 gears inside the differential. Huge 14.4-inch front disc brakes give you stopping power compatible with the 351's power underhood. The SR has a complete rollcage and suspension reinforcement system. A refined Saleen Racecraft suspension sports independent, uneven double wishbones in back, along with Saleen N2 triple-adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bars.
Race-inspired bucket seats provide unending support for tired posteriors. A white-faced, 200-mph speedometer provides food for thought for those determined to court eternity. It may actually take an eternity to pay for the Saleen SR at $158,000 a copy.
For more information, contact Saleen, Inc., Dept. MM, 9 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618; (949) 597-4900; fax, (949) 597-0301; or visit the Web site www.saleen.com.