Saleen S281 Supercharged Specs

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Saleen S281 Supercharged Specsare shameless mutants, with bodywork increases that lump like the lats on Mr. Universe competitors, with haggles that group the wheel lodgings, and with motors that heartbeat with supercharged steroids. 

Obviously, they`ve additionally showed a portion of the drawbacks of steroid manhandle before, for example, cranky lingering, supercharger cry, a shocking ride, and tramlining on longitudinal scores seriously enough to make a hound dog bleary eyed. Likewise, under the coercion of our testing techniques, a few cases of Saleen's craftsmanship have even, uh, neglected to go ahead. 

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In any case, this 
Saleen S281  you see here appears a zebra of a through and through various stripe. Utilizing the overhead-cam 4.6-liter V-8 as a base, and utilizing a Roots-sort Saleen supercharger substantially calmer than the one we keep going tested on Saleen's S351R (C/D, December 1996), the 2000 S281 is relatively socialized in nature.
It begins effortlessly and lingers easily. In spite of the fact that the 2.5-inch-width stainless-steel debilitate framework articulates a note plainly more profound and gruffer than you hear on the stock Ford. it abstains from being disagreeably boomy. particularly at low rpm. where this issue regularly turns up on secondary selling channels. 

The grasp exertion is sensible, and the short-toss shifter that Saleen darts on works great, especially when you hear at the top of the priority list that the standard five-speed tranny isn't the slickest in the business at any rate. Low and midrange torque are fantastic, giving brilliant throttle reaction in any rigging. You can leave the movement for dead gracefully, yet the S281 motor will likewise flash through to its 6000-rpm redline with no indication of hesitance en route. Maybe this is the thing that you'd anticipate from the over head-cam motor, yet it's without a doubt helped here by Saleen's thrown aluminum consumption complex and high-stream (24 pounds for each hour) fuel injectors- - all oversaw by custom fuel-conveyance adjustments. 

The last supercharged Saleen we tried (C/D, August 1998) experienced the absence of an intercooler, yet the S281 plays it safe here and wears an air-to-water intercooler crushed into the motor narrows. Saleen claims 350 strength for the ear in this frame, up 90 hp from the stock GT's 260, and 65 more than Saleen's own particular actually suctioned S281

That is a titanic hop, and despite the fact that the auto feels essentially more grounded out and about, our test outcomes don't give hard support to those pull numbers. Yes, our quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 103 mph is significantly faster than a stock Mustang GT's 14.2 at 98, yet is it confirmation of 350 torque? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Saleen's attention material quotes some execution figures distributed by another magazine, proclaiming it went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and handed the standing quarter over 13.4 seconds at 108 mph. 

We speculated these might have been basic one-way runs, maybe without climate adjustment. In any case, when we looked all the more carefully at the numbers, we found that our dispatches were better, with partially speedier circumstances to 30 and 40 mph. 

Since the supercharged S281 must be hindered off the line (the grasp must be locked in at low revs to maintain a strategic distance from time-squandering wheel-turn), this execution dissimilarity in this way seems, by all accounts, to be an immaculate power issue. Considerably all the more telling is the execution of our own supercharged- - yet not intercooled- - extend Mustang GT (C/D, July 1999). We gauged 278 back wheel pull on a dyno, which converts into around 330 crankshaft torque. That auto - with 20 less hp and around 150 less pounds than the Saleen auto - hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and blew through the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 103 mph. Maybe this S281 was only a moderate case - who knows? 

saleen s281 supercharged

A really reasonable increment in power is clear at higher paces. The S281 achieves 100 mph 2.1 seconds snappier than the GT. What's more, additionally persuading yet is the dash to 130 mph- - it's an entire 13.5 seconds speedier. The supercharged motor likewise has the snort to tow the spoiler-decorated S281 to a top speed of 154 mph, beating the stock GT by 16 mph. Given the additional spoilers and scoops, that speed increment makes the 350-hp assert more dependable.
What's more, from the driver's seat of the S281, there's an unmistakable increment in torque that is evident in every driving circumstance. In fifth apparatus, the S281 quickens from 50 to 70 mph in 8.5 seconds, 1.4 seconds snappier than the stock GT, which has a 3.27:1 hub proportion that is more helpful for speeding up than the 3.08 pivot utilized on the Saleen. Couple that with the exhaustive suspension and haggle updates on our auto, and you get flow in the domain of race autos. 

At the skidpad, the Saleen swooped around at a wired 0.92 g, showing unfaltering move control and insignificant understeer. Out on the track, the auto (outfitted for our test with discretionary 10 broad back haggles/35ZR-18 Pirelli P Zero tires, worth some $995) has such great hold and such brutally brisk hand over that it makes the stock Ford controlling feel exceptionally quick. 

Hack up another $2600, and you can request 13.0-inch furrowed front circles with four-cylinder calipers to go behind the Saleen five-talked amalgams. Our auto wore standard-issue Saleen brakes- - overhauls from the stock Mustang- - and these were useful for prevents from 70 mph in only 160 feet, a remarkable accomplishment for a 3540-pound auto. With the sticky tires and very much secured frame, this all indicates a scarily quick auto at the track. We needed to limit ourselves at our short track session to keep the red fog under control and to ensure an unwrinkled auto at the photograph shoot. 

It isn't so much that the Saleen S281 has any frightful astonishments up its sleeve. It's quite recently that the cornering rates are sufficiently high to make any little slips by of fixation possibly costly ones. Normally, the forceful setup bargains the auto's ride on unpleasant surfaces, where it sledges and shocks over the most exceedingly awful surface defects. Inferable from its urethane bushings, the ride is not tranquil, either. Furthermore, - of course - the strong back pivot does its typical move on foldings and in addition its compulsory sway on huge one-wheel knocks.

Saleen S281

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED: $34,177 (base price: $34,177--base price includes all performance-enchancing options.)
ENGINE TYPE: 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
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

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual

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