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From the April 2000 issue of Car and Driver.

Saleen Mustangs are unabashed mutants, with bodywork additions that bulge like the lats on Mr. Universe contestants, with wheels and tires that crowd the wheel housings, and with engines that pulse with supercharged steroids.

Of course, they've also displayed some of the downsides of steroid abuse in the past, such as grumpy idling, supercharger whine, a jolting ride, and tramlining on longitudinal grooves badly enough to make a bloodhound dizzy. Also, under the duress of our testing procedures, some examples of Saleen's handiwork have even, uh, failed to go forward.

But this S281 you see here seems a zebra of an altogether different stripe. Using the overhead-cam 4.6-liter V-8 as a base, and employing a Roots-type Saleen supercharger much quieter than the one we last sampled on Saleen's S351R (C/D, December 1996), the 2000 S281 is comparatively civilized in nature.

It starts easily and idles smoothly. Although the 2.5-inch-diameter stainless-steel exhaust system utters a note clearly deeper and gruffer than you hear on the stock Ford. it avoids being obnoxiously boomy. especially at low rpm. where this problem often turns up on after market pipes.

The clutch effort is reasonable, and the short-throw shifter that Saleen bolts on works quite well, particularly when you hear in mind that the standard five-speed tranny isn't the slickest in the business anyway. Low and midrange torque are excellent, providing bright throttle response in almost any gear. You can leave the traffic for dead without breaking a sweat, but the S281 engine will also zip through to its 6000-rpm redline with no sign of reluctance along the way. Perhaps this is what you'd expect from the over head-cam engine, but it's undoubtedly helped here by Saleen's cast-aluminum intake manifold and high-flow (24 pounds per hour) fuel injectors--all managed by custom fuel-delivery calibrations.

The last supercharged Saleen we tested (C/D, August 1998) suffered from the lack of an intercooler, but the S281 takes no chances here and wears an air-to-water intercooler squeezed into the engine bay. Saleen claims 350 horsepower for the ear in this form, up 90 hp from the stock GT's 260, and 65 more than Saleen's own naturally aspirated S281.

That's a colossal jump, and although the car feels significantly stronger on the road, our test results don't provide hard support for those horsepower numbers. Yes, our quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 103 mph is quite a bit quicker than a stock Mustang GT's 14.2 at 98, but is it evidence of 350 horsepower? Not really. Saleen's publicity material quotes some performance figures published by another magazine, declaring it went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and turned the standing quarter in 13.4 seconds at 108 mph.

We guessed these might have been simple one-way runs, perhaps without weather correction. But when we looked more closely at the numbers, we discovered that our launches were better, with fractionally quicker times to 30 and 40 mph.

Since the supercharged S281 has to be bogged off the line (the clutch must be engaged at low revs to avoid time-wasting wheel-spin), this performance disparity thus appears to be a pure power issue. Even more telling is the performance of our own supercharged—but not intercooled—project Mustang GT (C/D, July 1999). We measured 278 rear-wheel horsepower on a dyno, which translates into about 330 crankshaft horsepower. That car—with 20 less hp and about 150 fewer pounds than the Saleen car—hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and blew through the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 103 mph. Perhaps this S281 was just a slow example--who knows?

A pretty fair increase in power is evident at higher speeds. The S281 reaches 100 mph 2.1 seconds quicker than the GT. And more convincing yet is the dash to 130 mph—it's a full 13.5 seconds quicker. The supercharged engine also has the grunt to tow the spoiler-festooned S281 to a top speed of 154 mph, beating the stock GT by 16 mph. Given the extra spoilers and scoops, that velocity increase makes the 350-hp claim more credible.



Saleen S281 Supercharged

Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe

$34,177 (base price: $34,177--base price includes all performance-enchancing options.)

Supercharged and Intercooled SOHC 16- valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, Ford/Saleen EEC-V engine-control system with port fuel injection
Displacement: 281 cu in, 4601cc
Power (SAE net): 350 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 410 lb-ft @3000 rpm

5-speed manual

Wheelbase: 101.3 In
Length: 183.2 in
Curb weight: 3540 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 5.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 24.4 sec
Street start 5-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Standing l/4-mile: 13.8 sec @ 103 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 154 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 160 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dla skidpad: 0.22 g

EPA city driving: 17 mpg
C/D-observed: 15 mpg


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Saleen S281

Motor vehicle

Saleen S-281
Saleen S281 supercharged.jpg
ManufacturerSaleen, Incorporated
Production1996 - 2010
AssemblyIrvine, California & Troy, Michigan
ClassSports car
Muscle car
Body style2-door coupe
2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
RelatedFord Mustang
Engine4.6 L V8, 320 hp (240 kW) to 550 hp (410 kW)
Transmission4 or 5-Speed automatic
5 or 6-Speed manual
Wheelbase107.1 in (2,720 mm)
Length189 in (4,801 mm)
Width74 in (1,880 mm)
Height56 in (1,422 mm)
Curb weight3,550 lb (1,610 kg)
PredecessorSaleen Mustang
SuccessorSMS 460/SMS 460X (2010)

The Saleen S-281 is a variant introduced between the 4th and 5th generations of Ford Mustang which was produced by the American manufacturer Saleen, Inc. By 2005, Saleen departed from being a company of modifying existing Ford Mustangs as well as various other Ford automobiles, and became an Original equipment manufacturer. This was easily distinguishable with the body work designed by Phil Frank on the S-281's as well as the various other models offered by Saleen.

Previously referred to as Saleen Mustang, Saleen now introduced a model designation based on the Cubic Inch Displacement (CID) of the engine, now referring the car as Saleen 281 CID, or simply S-281. Any distinguishable options purchased by the customer is indicated with a suffix added after the 281, designating its difference.


From its first introduction in 1996 until 2009, the S-281 has been introduced in several variations:

Several models were introduced:

  • S-281/S-281 3V: Naturally aspirated Coupe/Convertible Model
  • S-281SC: Supercharged Model
  • S-281C: Saleen variation of the SVT Cobra first introduced in 1996.
  • S-281E: Supercharged Extreme Model (supplied Saleen engine)
  • S-281RF/S-281AF: Supercharged American Flag AF model sold to veterans. Supercharged Red Flag RF Model
  • H-281 3V: Naturally aspirated 3-Valve Heritage Model
  • H-281DG: Supercharged Heritage Dan Gurney Model
  • Racecraft 420-S: Lighter, Sportier version of the S281 with minimal modifications, also known as the S-281SC Sport
  • SA-15: 15th Anniversary Production Model (1998)
  • SA-20: 20th Anniversary Production Model (2003)


Making its debut in 1996, the Saleen 281 utilized a naturally aspirated stock 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 engine rated at 220 horsepower (164 kW). This model also received Racecraft brand suspension upgrades as well as an aerodynamic body kit installed. The S-281 model was commonly based on a Mustang 4.6L GT and became the flagship model for Saleen with the largest production of all Saleen vehicles until 2009. When the New Edge Mustang first appeared in 1999, the horsepower rating increased to 285 (213 kW) due to various engine improvements. With the introduction of the Fifth-generation Ford Mustang, the designation was now recognized as S281-3V for the use of three valves per cylinder in the engine – now rated at 335 horsepower (250 kW).


The Supercharged version of the S-281 was first introduced as an option for the New Edge Mustang in 1999 with a horsepower rating of 350 (261 kW). Designated as Saleen 281 CID SuperCharged, this designation was widely recognized as a separate model in 2000 with more options becoming available by Saleen. Notable internal differences of an S-281SC introduced a dual gauge instrument cluster above the dashboard, while the only external difference was a Saleen Heat Extractor hood. With the introduction of the Fifth-generation Ford Mustang, the supercharger was now installed in an upside-down configuration to provide better performance and a higher horsepower rating of 465 (347 kW).

S-281 Cobra[edit]

With the SVT Cobra now introduced with a 4.6L 4V DOHC V8 engine in 1996, Saleen introduced the Saleen 281Cobra to customers to have purchase or receive their Cobra with Racecraft Suspension upgrades and the Saleen aerodynamic body kit, while the V8 engine itself was left unmodified (320 hp/239 kW). This option lasted until 2004, when the SVT Cobra was no longer in production. This designation continued to remain unmodified even with the introduction of the Supercharged Cobras between 2003 and 2004.


Making its debut in 2002, the Saleen 281 CID Extreme model now utilized a Saleen-built 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Engine (Spark Ignition Configuration) which replaced the stock Ford 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Engine. Notable external differences on the S-281E featured a rear fascia with center exhaust, an unintergrated large spoiler and replacement of the Ford Mustang fender logos with Saleen logos. With the new Fifth-generation Ford Mustangs introduced in 2005, a front splitter and rear diffuser were introduced below the front and rear fascias to improve vehicle aerodynamics. The 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual transmission used from the 2002-2009 era was originally in use for the short lived 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO. This model is used as the vehicle mode for Barricade in the 2007 film Transformers.


Only introduced in the Fifth-Generation era, both the Saleen 281 CID Red Flag and the Saleen 281 CID American Flag models were Supercharged, but offered at a lower price than an S-281SC. Notable detail parts such as the SC vented hood, SC rear wing, quarter window trim, and standard S281 seating are omitted. The RF is available in Black or Alloy with standard red decals while the AF is available in Torch Red, Vista Blue, and White with Red, White, Blue exterior decals. Both models are equipped with manual transmissions and chrome wheels.

H-281 3V[edit]

Introduced in June 2007 with a run of 100 vehicles, the Heritage 281 CID 3Valve version was introduced. Sharing some bodywork features with the Parnelli Jones Limited Edition (S-302PJ), the H-281 3V was available in different colors. Key cosmetic differences from the Parnelli Jones Limited Edition include a smaller front air dam, omission of the chrome fascia trim, lack of a hood scoop, the addition of fender badges and a matte-black hood center. Production was limited, as only 60 models were produced: 49 Coupes & 11 Convertibles. Only 6 Grabber orange models were produced.


Only introduced in 2008, the Heritage 281 CID Supercharged Dan Gurney model was based on Dan Gurney's 1969 Boss 302 Mustang Trans-Am racer. Only a run of 300 (100 Blue, 100 Red, 100 White) were built.

Racecraft 420-S[edit]

Making its debut in July 2008, the Racecraft420 Horsepower Supercharged model was introduced as a demonstration to steer away from the Saleen name and to also offer Mustang fans a cheaper, yet sportier version of a supercharged Saleen. Using the infamous suspension name recognized on Saleens, the Racecraft 420-S was a lightly modified Ford 4.6L 3V SOHC with a Saleen Twin-Screw Supercharger. The success of this car and product name, Racecraft, failed to gather the attention the promoters hoped for with only 89 units built as most true Saleen fans did not appreciate the infamous Saleen name to be replaced with another.


To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Saleen in 1998, ten specially customized S281's were introduced. Officially designated as Saleen Anniversary of 15 Years, these ten vehicles were the first of the S281 series to be equipped with a Series 1 Eaton Blower Supercharger. These vehicles were exclusively offered through the SOEC website and were only available as a Speedster/Convertible configuration.


To mark the 20th anniversary of Saleen in 2003, ten specially designed S-281SC's were built. Officially designated as Saleen Anniversary of 20 Years, these SA-20's now included a Saleen Series IV Screw Type Intercooled Supercharger and Saleen Powerflash performance calibration system. The most notable external difference on the SA-20's was the introduction of a new 20th Anniversary Cover with an integrated light-bar design, S-281E Spoiler Wing, and center exhaust. The SA-20 was introduced as a Speedster/Convertible only.

See also[edit]


  • [1] Saleen Colour Production
  • [2] Saleen Mustang Production
  • [3] Saleen Mustang History
  • [4] Saleen S281 Specifications
  • [5] 2000 Ford Mustang
  • [6] 2003 Ford Mustang

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleen_S281

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