There's no way Dan Gurney would let Saleen build a Mustang with his name on it without adding more power, but he wanted to make sure the car remained relatively affordable as well. To do this, Saleen fitted its tried-and-true Series VI supercharger system complete with a dual-stage water-to-air intercooler, high-flow intake, and 39 lb/hr fuel injectors. The 4.6L V-8 produces 465hp at 5,800 rpm and 425 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm. "This is likely the best all-around 281 supercharged car that Saleen has ever built," Saleen General Manager Marques McCammon told us. Having driven a few other supercharged Saleens, we wouldn't argue with him. Combined with a set of 3.73 gears, the Gurney Mustang launches with brutal force and can pull hard at any speed.
Gurney is a road racer at heart, so it's no surprise that he wanted to personally make sure that the Mustang bearing his name could hold its own around a racetrack. He worked closely with Saleen's chassis engineers, fine-tuning the suspension settings, to get them just the way he wanted. New shocks and springs offer a sportier ride, and thicker antiroll bars with heavy-duty bushings help prevent body roll. Saleen's second-generation Watt's linkage system also comes standard, helping to keep the car planted during hard cornering. Lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped with super sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, P285/30ZR19 both front and rear, and Saleen's 14-inch front braking system provides plenty of stopping power. We were expecting a fairly stiff ride, but were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and compliant the Gurney Mustang was on the road. Still, we wouldn't consider the car soft by any means, and had tons of fun attacking some twisty canyon roads. The Pirellis have tons of grip and the Watt's linkage keeps the rear end buttoned down even over the bumpiest curves.
After spending time behind the wheel of the Gurney Mustang, we can truly say that Saleen has built a fitting tribute to one of America's greatest racing legends. It has the classic good looks of a Trans-Am racer and the power and handling befitting a car bearing the Gurney name. Unfortunately, with a hefty price tag of $58,849 (includes gas-guzzler tax and freight) and a production run of only 300, there will only be a limited number of enthusiasts who will be able to put one in the garage, but as Saleen's motto goes, "Power in the Hands of a Few."
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