Hes retired then hes not retired he sells one company and starts another. You just can’t predict good ol’ Steve Saleen. He just can’t walk away from his love of building badass domestics. His latest is an anniversary edition of sorts called the SMS 460. Its meant to celebrate the 45th birthday of the Mustang and his 25th year in this business. The SMS 460 is what you’d typically expect from a Saleen: aggressive body work, a supercharged V8 making 450+ horsepower, and a slick interior (this one has alcantara all over it).
More info in the press release below.
Steve Saleen ponies up, celebrates 25 years in the business and 45 years of
Mustangs with 2010 SMS 460 Mustang
Orange County, California. (April 17, 2009) Steve Saleen, his name being synonymous
with fast Mustangs, would not be Steve if he kept his hands off Ford’s newest pony. On the
occasion of the 45th anniversary of the launch of the original Mustang in 1964, and in
reflection on his 25 year association with America’s iconic sports car, Steve celebrates with
Mustang aficionados from around the world in launching first sketches of the 2010 SMS 460
and SMS 460X Mustangs at the 45th Anniversary Celebrations in Birmingham, Alabama.
Instantly recognizable as Steve Saleen’s work, the
new SMS 460 Mustangs
feature a host of visual and
technical highlights that set
them apart from the crowd.
“I previewed many of the
features of my newest
Mustang with the 25th
anniversary car I showed
last year,” says SMS
Supercars CEO and
President Steve Saleen.
The front fascia treatment,the SMS Red Butterfly Air Induction HoodTM, the front and side splitters, the rear fascia and diffuser with the high downforcerear wing showed the way Steve Saleen is looking at Mustangs today. “You have to gowith the times. While the Mustang remains an icon, Ford has done a very good job with the
2010 model. I wanted to interpret it using my signature to create the latest Steve Saleen
version of this American favorite.”
The SMS 460 Mustang offers a 4.6 liter V8 engine featuring a minimum 470 hp and 427 ft-lb
of torque, while the even more powerful SMS 460X Mustang engine with all new internal and
headwork delivers 655 hp and 600 ft-lb out of the enlarged 5.0 liter V8. Both use the new
(patent pending) SMS 296 Supercharger presented last week at the New York International
Auto Show. Transmission options are a 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual on the 460 or
a 6-speed SMST manual on the top of the line 460X.
Performance for both cars is expectedly striking. The 460 Mustang accelerates from 0 to 60
in the low 4 seconds, while the 460X manages the same in the lower 4’s. In addition to
engine output, handling, roadholding and braking play an equally important role. The 2010
SMS 460 Mustangs feature Steve’s signature Watt’s linkage suspension with all-new
geometry. New SMS brakes front and rear deliver impressive stopping power to match the
The interior with all-new Alcantara and leather SMS performance seats features the patented
Signature Series chevron stripes. Dash and interior panels are covered in hand-stitched
high-quality leather. Multiple seat chevron and SMS unique exterior colors are available.
More details about Steve Saleen’s latest Mustang will be revealed in the spring of 2009,
deliveries are expected to start mid-summer. Customers interested in buying a SMS 460 and
SMS 460X Mustang can either contact SMS Supercars directly at www.smssupercars.com or
by calling (714) 400 2121.
SMS Supercars is a niche manufacturer of lifestyle ultra-high performance vehicles, technical
performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel. SMS Supercars designs, engineers,
tests, certifies, manufactures and assembles all of their own products and vehicles.