Since his resignation from Saleen Inc. as vice president in 2007, Steve Saleen has been working on SMS (Steve Mark Saleen) Limited and has released some interesting teasers over the last year. He�s finally got around to releasing the full details and pictures of their first project, the SMS 570 Challenger. It�s a departure from his trademark Mustang�s but it still features the raw power that was also characteristic of his cars.
The release party was a fresh change from the industry standard; a night club in California provided the venue for a small party with plenty of champagne and dancing. As for the car itself, it comes in two specs, either the SMS 570 or the SMS 570X, both are based on the Dodge Challenger R/T platform and feature the same 5.7 litre V8 Hemi (hence the name!). The first variant has a power rating of 500bhp and the second, a huge 700bhp!
The SMS 296 supercharger provides the boost for this extra power and it�s coupled with a proper 6-speed manual transmission which, no doubt, will get the driving purists excited. There�s new high performance suspension and a new exhaust to squeeze out some extra power. 20-inch wheels add some cosmetic tweaks and 14-inch front and 12-inch rear brakes provide more stopping power.
On the outside the SMS has new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and hood with a new rear spoiler. The 570X receives its own unique carbon fibre front and rear splitters, a carbon fibre diffuser, and a larger rear spoiler. The interior upgrades include two-tone leather sport seats and leather door inserts. Leather grip shifter, 200-mph gauge cluster (which were sure it�ll be capable of!) and auxiliary gauges for the supercharger complete these modifications. Each vehicle will also be personally signed by Steve Saleen.
Prices are $60,000 and $70,000 respectively and production started last year apparently, although we believe that�s a mistake and production really starts at the end of the month!
Steve Saleen and his company SMS are well on the way to production with the first vehicle in the line of Signature Series ultra-high performance vehicles. The SMS 570 Challenger will be the first vehicle with a host of aesthetic and functional innovations including the patented SMS Red Butterfly Induction� hood and a full compliment of SMS ultra-high performance components including: drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics, tires, wheels and interior.
“When you combine Steve Saleen and Dodge Challenger you get the pairing of two powerhouse automotive icons.” – Edmunds/Inside Line
Steve Saleen presents the SMS 570 Challenger
The fully certified and street legal SMS 570 Challenger and SMS 570X Challenger will be based off the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T platform and will feature a SMS designed and engineered SMS 296 Supercharger atop the 5.7L Hemi, with power ratings from 500 to over 700 horsepower respectively.
Steve Saleen presents the SMS 296 Supercharger
“Who wants a Steve Saleen Supercharged Challenger? We Do!” – Dodgepedia.org
The MSRP’s for the 2009 SMS 570 Challenger and SMS 570X Challenger are targeted to start at $60,000 to $70,000 respectively with production commencing in 2008. Both models will carry a bumper-to-bumper factory warranty.
This is an exciting opportunity for the Mopar community to finally take part in the ultra-high performance niche production vehicle market! So act now to reserve yours.
“We’re big fans of Steve Saleen. He’s created some pretty incredible Mustangs over the last 25 years, and any guy that successfully builds his own supercar gets major props in our book.” � Autoblog
Steve Saleen presents the SMS 570 Challenger
Each of these limited edition vehicles will be personally signed by Steve Saleen as part of the Signature Series product line, complete with unique badges and graphics. Production numbers will be limited per year depending on the model, so the opportunity to be one of the few owners is limited to a first come first served basis. So act now, by placing your pre-production orders though any Dodge dealer in the US. Or call us directly for more details.
We are a niche manufacturer of lifestyle ultra-high performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel. We design, engineer, test, certify, manufacture and assemble all our own products and vehicles.
“I am drawing upon 25 years of rich experience in the automotive industry to address the rapidly expanding global market of automotive lifestyle vehicles, technical performance parts, accessories and apparel” explains Steve Saleen, Chairman and CEO of SMS.
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