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750 HP Black Label 2015 Saleen Mustang Unveiled
Saleen Mustangs have been a part of the late-model Mustang landscape for more than three decades now and the recently released 2015 White and Yellow Label 302 Mustangs based on the new S550 platform are the latest in a long line. To round out the offerings, the S302 Black Label version will be at the top of the list, and they debuted the car Friday March 20, 2015 in downtown Los Angeles.
“Since the company started building cars in 1984, our goal has always been to be at the pinnacle of late-model Mustang performance,” said Steve Saleen. “This will by far be the most refined and advanced Mustang we have built to date.”
The 5.0-liter Coyote engine, with a Kenne-Bell twin-screw supercharger, results in the highest power output to date for a production S550, with 730 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque on 91-octane pump gas. Add better East Coast 93-octane fuel, and 750 horsepower is said to be possible. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t open the hood for us at the car’s debut, so we couldn’t get any photos of it. The Black Label S550 clearly out-handles any previous generation Saleen Mustang with its IRS as a foundation. Outfitted with Saleen S4 springs, shocks, swaybars, and bushings, the car is going to be a real thrill for both street and open-track driving. Adding to the fun will be big 15-inch dimpled rotors and multi-piston brakes to further expand the performance envelope.
Keeping the Black Label planted to the road are 275/35R20 Pirelli tires in the front and 275/40R20s in the rear. The Saleen 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels will be available in several finishes. Considerable time was also spent optimizing lift over drag (L/D) by lengthening the front a full 1½ inches along with two inches in the rear to increase the airfoil, which thereby increases downforce for the whole car. A rear wing balances the downforce created by the front air splitter. The interior is a mix of luxury and styling with black leather and suede seats accented in contrasting chevrons, while a new BASF paint coating dubbed California Sunset is a cross between a golden yellow and the hues of a setting sun to create a unique color that changes with the light.
As with the rest of the Saleen lineup, the 2015 S302 Black Label will receive a Saleen serialization and unique Saleen VIN. Each car is also hand signed by Steve Saleen, ensuring it has gone through rigorous post-production quality control process. It will surely be the greatest Ford-based Saleen product as well as one of the best high-performance Mustangs of all time.