What is the difference between a Saleen Mustang and a Shelby Mustang?

If you are looking for a Mustang but cannot decide between the Saleen and the Shelby versions, you may wonder what the differences are and which to buy.  Let's look at some of the basic differences between a Saleen Black Label and a Shelby GT500 Fastback.

Saleen Black Label

As the founder and CEO of Saleen Automotive, Steve Saleen's goal is to bring race-proven performance to the street.  And he has.  The Saleen Black Label Mustang boasts a 302CI 4-valve DOHC V8 engine with 800 horsepower and 630 ft-lbs of torque.  This beauty is a 6-speed manual with 47 lb fuel injectors, carbon fiber exhaust tips, and an Independent rear suspension.  Of course since it wears the Saleen name, it needs to have some Saleen upgrades.  The Saleen Black Label has added Saleen RaceCraft upgrades, such as the Specific Rate front and rear springs and performance sway bars in front and rear.  And with all this power, you need some reliable tires.  The Black Label comes equipped with High performance ZR rated tires, Saleen Performance brake pads, and for looks, 20" Silver Monaco 5-spoke alloy wheels that can be swapped out for chrome or carbonite.  For added performance, a front air vane with brake cooling and a high downforce carbon fiber air splitter was added.  You will also find Saleen's center induction hood and heat extractor hood vents along with the ever so awesome carbon side skirts on this most amazing vehicle. 

Shelby GT500 Fastback

The Shelby GT500 Fastback is nothing to sneeze at.  With its Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V8 5.2L engine with 760 horsepower and 625 ft-lbs of torque, this doesn't fall too far behind the Saleen.  This 7-speed manual still performs like a dream, and with a fuel economy of 12mpg/18mpg (14mpg combined), it won't disappoint you at the gas pump either.  The Shelby GT500 Fastback also comes equipped with 20" aluminum wheels, which gives this Mustang a mean, powerful look.

Overall, you can't go wrong with either version.  Let's face it, they're both Mustangs!  But if you are looking for something closer to a racecar with all the bells and whistles, the Saleen Black Label is for you.  Just looking for a fast car that looks awesome and still performs well on the road?  Take a Shelby for a spin!  Either way, you will end up with a fast, well-performing vehicle that you will want to brag about.

Ready to take one for a spin?  Check out our inventory at Ames Ford Performance in Ames, IA!  We have a large selection of performance vehicles and have been rated Iowa's #1 Saleen, ROUSH, and Shelby dealer!  Stop by and test drive any one of our performance vehicles and take one home today!
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    Ames, IA 50010

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