Saleen Performance will unveil its 2010 version of the S281 Mustang at next week's SEMA show in Las Vegas. We recently had the opportunity to drive Saleen's entry level 435S Mustang, and were given a sneak peak of the S281 rendering.

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While the 435S has minimal Saleen body updates and focuses more on power and suspension, the S281 has the trademark S281 look with unique front fascia, blacked-out composite grille, Saleen hood, rocker panels, rear fascia with integral diffuser, and 20" Saleen wheels. As with previous Saleen S281 models, the rear fascia and trunk upfit give the car that widebody look without actually changing the OE rear quarter panels.

The Saleen designers have stayed true to the design elements of past Saleen models, and have brought out some classic Mustang features like the Boss "style" grille treatment. In the rear, the split dual exhaust tips complement the vertical lines in the rear diffuser. At the 435S drive, we talked to David Byron, Saleen's Design Director, about the S281 and can tell you he put a lot of hours into the car, in an attempt to mesh well with the 2010 Mustang update from Ford.

The 2010 Saleen S281 rendering released by Saleen does not have the trademark Saleen rear wing, but one may be in the works. The S281 model is being built in Michigan, at Saleen's build facility, and will be available at Saleen dealers.

While we won't know the full details until the unveiling at SEMA, we anticipate that the S281 will come with a Saleen screw-style superchager and Racecraft suspension. Power numbers from the 281 cubic inch modular engine should be in the 450 - 500 horsepower range.

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