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Old 01-07-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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SMS Camaro to be produced (by Steve Saleen)

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/07/s...tack-for-2009/


Steve Saleen is bringing back the musclecar wars with the help of the Detroit 3. Not content to modify Ford Mustangs alone, the former head of Saleen, Inc. is branching out into bowtie and Mopar territory as well. His new company, SMS Limited, will take on all three of the new retro rods this year. Under his former eponymous company's banner he had focused primarily on Ford vehicles, but now that Dodge and Chevrolet are getting back into the musclecar game, he figures it's time to expand his reach.

We've already profiled the SMS Limited Signature Series Dodge Challenger that Saleen has developed, and talked to Steve about what he had planned for the 2010 Mustang, but now we have a few more details about the SMS versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. For 2009, SMS Limited will not only build the SMS 570 and 570X Challengers, but also the SMS 460 Mustang and later in the year a line of SMS Camaros in their 150,000-square-foot facility in Anaheim, California.

All of the cars will get SMS superchargers, tweaked suspensions, and unique exterior styling elements, and the superchargers are more efficient and provide better cooling than anything they've used before. The company is also putting a new emphasis on upscale interiors, with better materials that should justify the cars' higher sticker prices. SMS Challenger production should begin this month, with 2010 Mustangs starting to show up in the spring. And if all goes according to plan, Camaros should start rolling out by the end of the year. Customers wanting a bit of Saleen magic applied to their musclecars will be able to order them through select Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet dealerships.


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Steve Saleen's fledgling new company, SMS Supercars, is getting ready to officially debut its first production car and has released a few more photos and information regarding the 570 and 570X Challenger. According to the new press release, the two models are targeted to start at $60,000 and $70,000, respectively. Yes, that's quite a chunk of change, but SMS is making it worthwhile with an extensive list of upgrades. Starting with the powertrain, the SMS 296 supercharger pushes massive amounts of air to the 5.7L HEMI, and true enthusiasts will be glad to know that a proper 6-speed manual transmission will be doing the shifting. Both models also get a high performance suspension, exhaust, 20-inch wheels, and 14-inch front and 12-inch rear brakes. For the exterior, SMS replaces the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and hood, and adds a rear spoiler. The 570X model also receives carbon fiber front and rear splitters, a carbon fiber diffuser, and a rear wing that replaces the spoiler. The interior receives upgrades as well, including two-tone leather sport seats, leather door inserts, a leather grip shifter, 200-mph gauge cluster, and auxiliary gauges for the supercharger. Each vehicle will also be personally signed by Steve Saleen. Follow the jump for the press release and check out the gallery below.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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wonder how much this is gonna cost
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No thank you.

If and when I buy a 5th Gen., and choose to have a "special model", I'll look to Tom Henry, SLP, etc.,

Saleen isn't even on my radar.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #4
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wonder how much this is gonna cost
More than it's worth, just like Saleen Mustangs....overpriced for what you get.
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I really want to see what the body kit will look like. If I like it, I will buy the body kit! But I'm sure its not cheap.......
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Pukeeen won't a dime from me.

I'm with Moose, Tom Henry FTW!!!
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Come on.....this is AWESOME !!! I can't wait to see what a Camaro with an additional 150 pounds of gaudy plastic, 15 air scoops, middle exhaust pipes, and "performance enhancements" that cost $10,000 grand or so and make your car actually slower look like. Only the wheels "may" be nice...................
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Pukeeen won't a dime from me.

I'm with Moose, Tom Henry FTW!!!
Agreed or Lingenfelter. Ill be watching what he does with this.
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I agree, I'd prefer Lingenfelter or Callaway before Saleen... Interesting though...
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Screw Saleen and the rustang he rode in on

Here's his take on the Camaro...
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^^ i was just about to post that. he needs a good
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Come on.....this is AWESOME !!! I can't wait to see what a Camaro with an additional 150 pounds of gaudy plastic, 15 air scoops, middle exhaust pipes, and "performance enhancements" that cost $10,000 grand or so and make your car actually slower look like. Only the wheels "may" be nice...................
There is a chance this will not make the car look or run better. Judging by his Mustangs it will be an overpriced piece of eye candy. To quote 'Cannonball', "This things pure pu$$y". Plus someone might have to refresh him on how an IRS works. I guess we will just have to wait and see like everything else with this beast.
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saleen wasn't the bad guy in transformers for no reason.
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Pukeeen won't a dime from me.

I'm with Moose, Tom Henry FTW!!!
Tom Henry or SLP. Steve Saleen will never get my money.

In fact we should boycott the SMS Camaros
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Forget Saleen, SLP and Tom Henry All the way
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I wonder how much these guys are laughing now knowing that a base Camaro has a lot more power than those buckets they call Mustangs.

... poor guys, I almost feel sorry for them.

Here's to the "Saleen Boycott" <-- it was going to happen anyway.
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YEAH, BUST OUT THE PITCH FORKS...LET'S LYNCH STEVE SALEEN!!! FANBOYS UNITE!

I'm with you guys, I'd never support him but you have to respect what he does. I bet all of us wish we had a job like his....
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YEAH, BUST OUT THE PITCH FORKS...LET'S LYNCH STEVE SALEEN!!! FANBOYS UNITE!

I'm with you guys, I'd never support him but you have to respect what he does. I bet all of us wish we had a job like his....
Sure I wish i had his job, but it doesn't stop the fact that he is a complete a$$hole.
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Very good video post! Imagine that...a Saleen Camaro...
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saleen wasn't the bad guy in transformers for no reason.

Although that car was pretty cool...........I'll still pass
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saleen wasn't the bad guy in transformers for no reason.
he also created the good guy
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I agree Saleen shouldn't be allowed to touch a Camaro. leave that for the cars that actually need an upgrade, like mustans.
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YEAH, BUST OUT THE PITCH FORKS...LET'S LYNCH STEVE SALEEN!!! FANBOYS UNITE!

I'm with you guys, I'd never support him but you have to respect what he does. I bet all of us wish we had a job like his....
True, but if you own a company that boosts the power and looks of "cars" in general, you never jab at cars that might give you business. It sends the wrong message to potential buyers. All he needed to say is that he built the Camaro in Transformers. Sure, the people would have booed but he didn't have to add "Only in a movie will Saleen build a Camaro".

it doesn't matter how old that video is.
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he also created the good guy
assembling the car from the ones GM provided is not creating the only input he might of had was the color and stripes, and that we will never be shure of given how much he lied.
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