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post #1 of 22 Old 10-20-2006, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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New Camaro, Saleen interview, fact or fiction?

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Supposedly this was an interview with carcrazy.com assistant editor John Breaux and Steve Saleen at the 2006 Cruisin the Coast Auto Show in Biloxi, Mississippi

http://www.roadandtrack.com/idealbb/...?topicID=13027

Car Crazy: Are you going to bump up the horsepower on your Saleen Mustang cars when Ford adds horsepower in 2009?

Steve Saleen: Yes we are, I just talked to Alan Mulally (Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive) about the 2009 facelift year and what kind of added power the GT and Cobra will get.


CC: What kind of added power did he talk about for the 09 model year?


Saleen: Nothing extreme, it's only a facelift year, but enough to make my current engine upgrades obsolete. They're aiming for 350 horsepower out of the V8 in the GT, and they're only adding about ten or fifteen horsepower to the GT500.


CC: Can you give us an idea of what you'll do to for your Saleen models?





Saleen: We don't know yet exactly, but we've had many meetings on what we want. We're aiming to get around 385 horsepower out of the S281 3 Valve with around 390 lb-ft of torque. The S281 Supercharged model will get 500 horses even with around 460 lb-ft of torque, and expect about a fifteen horsepower increase on the (S281) Extreme Mustang over the 2007 model (that's 565 horsepower and 535 lb-ft of torque).


CC: That's a big power increase on all cars, are the prices going to change?



Saleen: Not counting inflation, the prices should stay the same.



CC: Are the rumors of you teaming up with GM true or false?



Saleen: My team just worked with GM last month on the Transformers movie. We had such a good relationship with them that we are infact going to team up with them on future projects?



CC: What future projects?



Saleen: Well the Camaro project is one of them, I've watched from a distance while they've been putting the production model together. I think it would be foolish on our part if we didn't get a part of that action (Steve laughs).



CC: So are you going to do your own versions of the new Camaro?



Saleen: It's not legally official right now, but that's what we're hoping for.



CC: What kind of upgrades will you make, have you seen the engine GM is using in the Camaro?



Saleen: I hope I don't get in trouble with GM for saying this, but they're using a 6.2 liter 450 horsepower engine for the premium V8 in the 2009 Camaro and the base Corvette. The base V8 will probably be a detuned version of the same 6.2. So we'll just upgrade the 6.2 liter V8 to Saleen level specifications. We're going to upgrade the 6.2 liter V8 if we're given the legal chance by GM. Our base model should have around 485 horsepower, and expect our Extreme Supercharged Camaro to have over 600 horsepower.

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-20-2006, 08:01 PM
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COOl !!!! Saleen Camaro...! Gm Engines r the shizz!
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And there you have it. Looks like LS3 power for the 5thgen.
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if this is true it will be good for gm.
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I coudlnt beleive it..wow thats like gotta be weird...a Saleen Camaro???

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Pretty much what I expected if true.
LS3 into '08 base Corvette, and '09 Camaro (SS methinks)

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This is some great chatter.

I wonder if Ford will allow saleen to get involved with
Bowtie or try to keep them exclusive.

In any case 6.2 baby
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And where do I sign up to own a supercharged 09' 'Maro? 600+ Hp? HELL YES!

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I wondered that my self about Ford..if they would pull the plug on Saleen?? but maybee hes doing this cus Shelby is back in the mix?? and hes loosing his image with Ford as the performance stang..
I mean all you hear about is the Shelby Mustangs..and nothing about Saleen..

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And where do I sign up to own a supercharged 09' 'Maro? 600+ Hp? HELL YES!
hate to break it to you but this car might be in the 70K range..

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