Preview: 2010 SMS 460 and 460X Mustangs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

In commemoration of the 45 year anniversary after the release of the original Mustang back in 1964, and in remembrance of Steve Saleen's 25 year association with the legendary sports car of America, there will be an introduction of the initial sketches of the 2010 SMS 460 and the SMS 460X Mustangs at the celebrations in Birmingham, Alabama.

The SMS 460 Mustangs, which are distinctly the work of Steve Saleen, come with a skew of visual and technical elements that distinguishes them from the rest. The current take of Steve Saleen on the modern Mustang includes a new treatment of the front face, the SMS Red Butterfly Air Induction Hood, the front and side splitters, the rear face and the air diffuser integrated with a rear wing that generates high down-force.

This is keeping in step with the times, and while the Mustang remains legendary, Ford has truly done a superb job on the 2010 version. Power under the hood for the SMS 460 Mustang is a 4.6 liter V8 unit that generates 470hp and 427ft-lb of torque and with the more potent SMS 460X Mustang, with the all new internal and headwork, produces 655hp and 600ft-lb from its modified 5.0 liter V8 power unit.

Both models employ the SMS 296 Supercharger, patent still pending, that was introduced at the New York International Auto Show last week. Power is transmitted to the wheels via 5-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual on the SMS 460 or 6-speed SMST manual on the line-topping 460X.

Both cars are expected to come with stunning performance, with the 460 reaching 60mph from standstill in the low 4 seconds, and the 460X can also do so in the lower 4 seconds. Besides these engine numbers, handling, road grip, and stopping also play essential parts. Steve Saleen's signature Watt's linkage suspension with a brand new geometry will come on the 2010 SMS 460 Mustangs.

Stopping power for the new SMS both at the front and rear provide outstanding power to compensate with the models stunning performance. The interior of the new Mustangs are in all-new Alcantara and leather SMS performance seats highlighting the stripes of the patented Signature Series chevron.

Hand-stitched and high-grade leather cover the dash and interior panels. Offered are multiple seat chevron and SMS special exterior color finishes.

Press Release

Steve Saleen ponies up, celebrates 25 years in the business and 45 years of Mustangs with 2010 SMS 460 Mustang

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 down-force rear wing showed the way Steve Saleen is looking at Mustangs today. "You have to go with 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 jaw-dropping performance.

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.

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