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2008 Saleen Mustang H302 SC

For 2008 Saleen launched the second versions of its Heritage Mustang lineup including the new H302 SC. This new model features an updated version of Saleen’s 302ci V8 first featured in the Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang, as well as Saleen’s Series VI supercharger.

The Hardware

The H302 SC features a Saleen built, 302 cubic inch engine that represents a marriage of race technology and production performance engineering. The evidence of this fact can be found in the hardware compromising the engine. Saleen starts with 5 axis CNC ported cylinder heads and then adds a new forged crankshaft, forged connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, performance crankshaft, and high flow fuel injectors. Saleen then adds their patented twin-screw intercooled supercharger to serve as the core for the H302 SC, giving it a pavement-pounding 580 bhp and 525 lb-ft torque. This engine, when married to a smooth shifting, short throw 6-speed manual transmission, gives the H302 SC a performance profile comparable to any contemporary exotic but in a way that is truly American.

As with every Saleen the new S302 SC is more than just about the engine. The vehicle features Saleen’s Racecraft suspension system tuned specifically to the vehicle’s weight and horsepower. The result is responsiveness and stability. ”Many companies simply throw horsepower at a vehicle without adequate consideration to making the power usable. We look to find balance. That is the difference between Saleen as a manufacturer and the typical aftermarket tuner,” says Chris Theodore, head of engineering at Saleen.

Stopping power for the H302 SC is delivered by standard slotted 14-inch front vented rotors grabbed by 4-piston calipers. Control is augmented by the 4-wheel ABS and brake assisted traction control. Lateral stability is enhanced by a Generation 2 Watts Link system that is standard on the H302 SC. Grip is provided by Pirelli tires wrapped over 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels that are available in painted silver or chrome. Optional are painted 19-inch 7-spoke forged wheels.

Styling and Design

As with all Saleen vehicles, the H302 SC leaves nothing to be desired from a styling perspective. The H302 SC feature eye popping aesthetics like the new front and rear fascias, rockers and Heritage spoiler. The exterior package is rounded out by the matte black body graphics and an aluminum hood with functional cooling vents. On the inside, the unique seat trim features stone gray Alcantara accents and a laser etched shift knob.

Production and Pricing

The H302 SC is limited to only 200 units. It features a manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper warranty; 12 months and 12,000 miles. The base price is $74,999.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $  $75 000 USD
engine Aluminum V8 w/Saleen Heads, Forged Crankshaft, Forged Crank, Forged Pistons, Performance Cams
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Saleen Series VI Twin Screw Supercharger
valvetrain SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Camshaft Timing
fuel feed Electronic, Returnless & Sequential Ignition
displacement 4949 cc / 302 in³
power 432.5 kw / 580 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output 117.2 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 353.23 bhp per tonne
torque 711.8 nm / 525 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
redline 6500
body / frame Unit Steel w/Aluminum Hood
driven wheels RWD
wheel type 19 Inch 7-Spoke Forged
front brakes Vented Discs w/four-Piston Calipers, ABS
f brake size x 356 mm / x 14 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Single-Piston Calipers, ABS
r brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Reverse L MacPherson Struts w/Stabilizer Bar, Coil Springs, Tube Shocks
r suspension Live Axle w/Saleen Generation II Watts Link
curb weight 1642 kg / 3620 lbs
wheelbase 2720 mm / 107.1 in
front track 1595 mm / 62.8 in
rear track 1623 mm / 63.9 in
length 4803 mm / 189.1 in
width 1880 mm / 74 in
height 1422 mm / 56 in
transmission Tremec 3650 5-Speed Manual or Automatic
gear ratios 3.34:1, 2.00:1, 1.32:1, 1.00:1, .067:1, :1
final drive 3.55:1