2007 SALEEN 302 EXTREME MUSTANG — luxury vehicle For Sale

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302 Extreme Mustang
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Words: David Berthon

Remember the excitement surrounding the launches of the Saturn rockets from Cape Canaveral in the late 1970s
– the countdown, the momentary fuel leak, the awesome blast on start up and the eventual lift off and

I reflect on this as I push the start button on the Saleen S302 Extreme coupe, perhaps the most potent
performance Mustang yet seen in this country and a bloody good looking one at that.

The charcoal coupe with sumptuous leather interior is one of six S302 Saleen Extremes that have made their way
to Australia from a production run of just 200.

To be honest I’m a touch nervous – my initial excitement tempered by the fact the owner of this $225,000 rocket
ship has slipped into the passenger seat. However, to my surprise his generous drive offer carries no limitations
and I’m openly encouraged to explore its upper limits.

The Michigan-based performance company, established by former racer Steve Saleen in 1983, has been
manufacturing limited-edition hi-po Fords for some time, and Saleen Inc, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year
by producing its most powerful vehicle yet.

With the 302cu.in SOHC three-valves per cylinder V8 pumping out 477Kw at 6300rpm (that’s 620 horses in
Mustang speak) and 800Nm of torque the Extreme has the sort of “balls and all” performance you mostly dream

There’s a momentary pause as I give the engine room the start message and the big V8 quickly explodes into life
but duly settles to a dull idle. The 4.6-litre V8 with all-alloy block is bored and stroked to 5.0-litre capacity.

As you’d expect such awesome power and torque is developed from a special forged crank, forged connecting
rods and individually blue printed pistons plus the adoption of specially ported alloy cylinder heads, high-
performance cams and high flow injectors.

However, such an engine has a robust appetite and the Saleen’s ‘piece de résistance’ is a patented port-matched
twin-screw supercharger with dual-stage intercooler that pumps up a performance storm in record time.

What I like about large performance V8s is their ability to be relatively tame on a light throttle – a point I really
appreciate as I try to familiarise myself with this very special Mustang before I kick it in the belly and explore its

Lousy road surface conditions mean the tightly strapped down all-coil suspension is a little jumpy on the drive
into Kuringai Chase National Park on the north side of Sydney and I’m conscious of picking up the carbon-fibre
front spoiler.

However, our test circuit further out to West Head lookout is far better and the black top here is smooth with
long sweepers where you can explore ‘outer space’ in a far more controlled manner.

The final drive is a 3.73:1 speed-sensitive limited-slip differential via a high-performance clutch and a close-ratio
six-speed manual shift. The clutch pressure is surprisingly light and the Extreme doesn’t feel like a full blown race
bred thoroughbred when driven around town in a docile manner. Dig the spurs in though, and all hell breaks

I’ve driven some great performance cars over the years but the ‘get down and dirty growl’ of the Extreme really
stirs the blood. Despite limiting revs to 5000, (it’s redlined at 7000) the feeling at launch is one of complete
exhilaration, backed up by a ‘go straight to jail’ 0-100km/h acceleration time of less than four seconds.

At 1610kg, the Saleen is no lightweight but importantly the balance is great – the 53/47 front/rear split gives it
great poise and with so much power it’s easy to balance off the throttle.

There’s no stability control but traction control helps gets the massive grunt on the tarmac with a minimum of
fuss, backed up by Pirelli P-Zero rubber – the 20-inch five-spoke alloys, 9-inch on the front shod with 275 x 35-
series, the 10-inch wide rims at the rear shod with 275 x 40-series.

Braking is just as aggressive – again, good pedal feel with 15-inch slotted and vented front discs with 6-pot
calipers and 11.8-inch slotted and vented rear discs.

Steering feel is usually a giveaway on large US imports but the weight and feedback from the steering on this
one is surprisingly good – a testament to the well-executed right-hand drive conversion carried out by local
importer, Mustang Australia.

I hand the Saleen Extreme back to its owner at the end of a great afternoon’s driving – fortunately, he’s still
smiling but I can now understand why. This car would put a permanent smile on anybody’s face. 

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