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Saleen Sport Truck S331
By: Mike Magda Posted: 01-09-06 8:47 ET
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The Saleen Sport Truck S331 made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show but won’t go into production until this summer. Boasting a 450-horsepower supercharged engine and race-inspired suspension tuning, the truck will compete with other top-of-the-line fullsize performance pickups such as the Dodge SRT-10 and the Roush Stage III F-150.

“The S331 is the perfect sport truck for individuals who are passionate about what they drive,” says Steve Saleen, the president and CEO of Saleen, Inc. “They’re for individuals who require sports-car-like handling and performance, yet whose lives require the utility of a pickup truck.”

Based on the Ford F-150 Super Cab, the Saleen truck will be offered with a base 325-horsepower 5.4-liter engine as well as the twin-screw supercharged model. Both versions feature Saleen calibration, performance exhaust and improved intake. The Saleen Racecraft suspension includes linear-rate coil-over springs, tubular stabilizer bar, N2 struts and urethane bushings up front. The rear has Saleen leaf springs and N2 shocks. Saleen 7-spoke 23-inch wheels wrapped with BFG 305/40VR-23 tires are found at all four corners. Braking is enhanced with 15-inch slotted rotors and ABS 6-piston calipers up front.

Saleen styling cues are found in the front fascia, hood, side skirts and rear pan, all injection molded and made from Thermoplastic Olefins (TPO). The numerous vents are enhanced with diamond-mesh screens. Dual exhaust exit through the side skirts just before the rear wheels. Although the truck wasn’t started up for the press, Saleen officials describe the exhaust note as “thundering.” The truck will be offered in white, two shades of red, black, green, Dark Stone and Smokestone. Saleen will offer optional tonneau covers, bedliner and various utility racks to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Leather-skinned bucket seats highlight the interior along with custom floor mats, driving pedals, grey-faced gauges, 6-CD sound system and extensive Saleen-themed trim. Optional is a Rockford Fosgate audio upgrade with 10-inch subwoofer and a GPS system.

The S331 truck carries a 7000-pound tow rating and a payload capacity of 1500 pounds. Curb weight is just under 5340 pounds. All trucks carry the standard 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Production numbers will be stamped on the bumper as well as an interior dash plaque. More information on the truck will follow when the vehicle is made available to the press for testing this spring.

Saleen is no stranger to pickup trucks, having won 1991 SCCA Race Truck championship in a Ford Ranger. He also produced a limited run of 30 Saleen Ranger trucks for the street inspired by the race vehicles in the early ‘90s. Saleen is best known for his design and production of high-performance Mustangs and the unique S7 American supercar. His last entry in the truck market came in 1998 with the Saleen Explorer XP8. Saleen has always stressed that he is not a tuner but rather his company is a high-performance specialty vehicle manufacturer. The Saleen team follows the same procedures as any automaker in certifying to meet state and federal regulations.

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