What Is the Saleen SR Mustang?

Saleen Automotive, formerly known as Saleen, Inc., has been producing classic Mustang variants for more than three decades. One of the more memorable Saleen products is the Saleen SR Mustang, a 480 hp behemoth that was unveiled in 1994.

The Saleen SR Mustang was a derivative of the Saleen S351, named for its powerful 351-cubic-inch engine, which was also produced that year. Only 44 Saleen S351 models and two Saleen SR Mustangs were offered for sale in 1994.

Saleen SR MustangThe Saleen SR Mustang Combined Power and Performance

The Saleen SR’s 480 horses under the hood were the result of a supercharged 5.8L Ford Windsor V-8 engine that was a significant upgrade from the modified GT engine used in many previous Saleen Mustang variants. According to some Saleen SR owners, this high-performance Mustang could go from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds, while covering a quarter mile in a blazing-fast 14.3 seconds! Other key upgrades were a Racecraft suspension, which enhanced the vehicle’s handling and overall performance, and a Tremec five-speed manual transmission.

Saleen SR Mustang Style Features

The Saleen SR Mustang wasn’t just built for power. It also featured a number of style enhancements, such as a completely redesigned front fascia and five air scoops below the bumper. The Ford bumper cover was replaced by a new Saleen rear valance, and blackout tail lamp surrounds were fitted over the stock Mustang parts.

All of these upgrades have apparently made a lasting impression on Mustang enthusiasts over the years. The Saleen SR Mustang ranks at #39 on the Complex Rides list of “The 100 Best Mustangs of All Time.”

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