Amenintati de un proces in plina desfasurare, Saleen nu se lasa intimidati si isi vad treaba lansand pe piata noul Saleen 435S ce are la baza ultima generatie de Ford Mustang GT. Saleen au fost dati in judecata de fostul proprietar al companiei, Steve Saleen, pentru folosirea numelui lui in continuare, cu toate ca acest aspect nu a fost clarificat in momentul vanzarii.
Lasand aceasta disputa la o parte, noii proprietari au lansat masina sub firma Saleen Performance Vehicles. Sincer ar putea sa-i zica si Gogu Performance Vehicles. Nu prea ne intereseaza ce nume se foloseste sau se va folosi, asa ca ar fi de preferat sa nu-si mai piarda timpul prin justitie si sa continue sa faca ceea ce stiu ei, sa tuneze masini.
Saleen 435s vine in plus fata de Ford Mustang GT cu un supercharger Saleen Series VI care urca puterea masinii pana la 435cp si 575Nm. Pentru a imbunatati experienta de condus a fost instalat si un short shift kit iar suspensia a fost inlocuita cu una mai sportiva, care coboara garda la sol cu aproape 38mm.
Exteriorul a primit cateva elemente aerodinamice redesenate cat si un set de roti din aliaj usor de 18″
Acest model va putea fi comandat incepand cu urmatoarea primavara iar pana atunci se asteapta lansarea unei versiuni mai nervoase.
Comunicatul de presa, ca de obicei, imediat dupa galeria foto.
Saleen Performance Vehicles today unveiled its first 2010 product, the Saleen 435S, based on the new 2010 Ford Mustang. The introduction took place as part of the Special Vehicle Team Owners Association’s annual “Mustang Week” event. The 435S is the first vehicle launched under Saleen’s new ownership, following the purchase of Saleen Inc. earlier this year.
This car continues the Saleen tradition of offering limited-edition, high-performance vehicles for enthusiasts who are looking for an exhilarating driving experience, with refined drivability for real-world road conditions.
The 435S is designed to provide affordable, high-value performance.
“In these difficult economic times we wanted our first vehicle to deliver a lot for an affordable price,” said Mike Shields, CEO of Saleen Performance Vehicles. “It was created much more for ‘go’ than for show. We focused on power and handling, and it’s a great platform to build on if a customer wants to take it farther later on.”
Heart of the car’s performance is its 4.6-liter, 3-valve SOHC V8 engine, complete with a Saleen Series VI twin-screw supercharger and two-stage intercooler. This engine produces a vigorous 435 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and has a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio with limited-slip differential.
The car rides 1.5 inches lower than a Mustang GT, thanks to its Saleen Racecraft performance suspension. The system is designed to reduce body roll, provide nimble, precise handling and improve traction, while retaining the compliant ride of a good daily driver. The suspension package includes springs, a stiffer front stabilizer bar, and nitrogen-pressurized shock absorbers tuned exclusively for the 435S.
The vented brake rotors, front and rear, are slotted and cross-drilled for improved feel and stopping performance. Larger, 14-inch slotted front rotors with 4-piston calipers are available as an option.
The 435S has the Saleen-signature long, low, sleek looks and aggressive stance that have distinguished the company’s previous cars. Traditional Saleen styling cues include an understated trim panel between the taillights with “Saleen” in raised lettering, mesh covers over the fog lights in the grille, and the Saleen name and chevrons as graphic elements placed low on each side. An optional Aero Package includes a lightweight chin splitter and rear spoiler for improved aerodynamics.
Other exterior highlights include unique, 18-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels (19- and 20-inch wheels are available), and “435S” lettered on each side of the hood’s power dome.
Inside, the modifications are designed to enhance the driving experience and to express the car’s character. These include a new, short-throw shifter for quick, precise gear-changing performance, and new, driver-oriented gauges. These uniquely styled gauges retain Mustang’s MyColor™ capabilities that allow the owner to select from more than 125 custom colors for the instrument cluster. The car’s identity is highlighted by a Saleen logo embroidered on the headrests.
“All in all, we believe the 435S is the right car at the right time,” said Shields. “It’s a terrific performance value that we’re proud to offer. And this is just the first of many great Saleen vehicles we’ll be launching in the future.”