Saleen Ford Explorer XP8 and XP6 Photos

I've collected several pictures over the years of many of the
Saleen XP8 and Saleen XP6 Explorers. In case you might not now about
the Saleen Ford Explorer:

>
> The Saleen XP8 is a performance sport utility vehicle based on the
Ford Explorer created by Saleen during the years 1998?2001. There were
three prototype models, based on the 1997 Explorer XLT, which when
viewed closely, has distinct characteristics apart from the production
models (rear hatch design, taillights, and integrated license plate
into the rear bumper). The Saleen XP8 comes in two wheel drive, or all
wheel drive four-door configurations, packing either a 5.0-liter V-8,
or a Saleen-developed supercharged 5.0-liter/286-horsepower V-8.

> A six-cylinder version, the Saleen XP6, was also made in very
limited quantities in 1998.

> There were approximately 265 Saleen XP8's created, although this
number is widely disputed and to an extent, impossible to verify as
Saleen has extremely limited records of this low production model. It
has been said that approximately the first 20 XP8's were reserved for
Saleen employees and executives, thus decreasing the available
selection to the public even more.

> Saleen lowered the Explorer about 2 inches, for both improved
handling and appearance. Springs and shocks were replaced with the
company's Racecraft components, and wheels upgraded to Saleen's own
18-inch (460 mm) genuine magnesium wheels wrapped by Pirelli
255/55SR18 Scorpion S/T radials.

> The exterior appearance package was designed by Phil Frank and
includes special front and rear fascia, side skirts, door cladding,
roof-mounted rear wing, and carbon fiber trim. The cabin is treated to
either a real wood or carbon fiber appearance package, depending upon
color choice, as well as Saleen gauge faces and floor mats. A
particularly nice, though pricey, option is Saleen/RECARO leather
seating ($3950), offering 10-way power adjustment up front and
hip-hugging support.[2]

> Engine
> Bore & Stroke: 4in x 3in
> Displacement: 5.0L / 302cid
> Compression Ratio: 8.5:1
> Horsepower: 222 hp /
4,200 rpm
> Torque: 298 lb/ft / 3,000 rpm
>
> Drive train
> Transmission: 4-speed automatic
>
> Brakes
> ABS: Three channel, four-sensor system
> Disc Brakes: Front & Rear
> Front: 13in vented disc four piston caliper (optional)
> These front disc brakes were eventually recalled and replaced with
stock Explorer calipers, again due to lack of structural integrity.=

> Additional options
> Carbon Fiber hood
> Premium Sound System
> Integrated LCD Display
> Saleen Recaro Leather interior
>
> All prices are in USD
> Saleen Explorer 5.0L 2WD base price: $37,990.00
> Saleen Explorer 5.0L AWD base price: $45,990
>
> Saleen/Recaro Leather Upgrade: $2989.00
> Saleen 13" Brake System (N/A on 2WD): $2682.00 (Later recalled
& replaced with stock Explorer brakes)
Saleen Lightweight Hood: $1750.00
> Chrome Alloy Wheels: $935.00
>
> Enclosed Transport to Dealer: $1500.00[3]
>
> Saleen XP8's can vary dramatically in appearance and options as a
result of Saleen farming the production of the XP8's (with the
exception of only a few) to California bodyshops and Ford dealers.
Many of the options available in Saleen XP8's, such as the carbon
fiber composite hood, Saleen supercharger, and carbon fiber accents
were installed outside of the Saleen Inc. compound.

> Saleen XP8's are now well past their final production date (2001),
and as such, can only be purchased through online advertisements and
car auction websites such as eBay Motors. Prices vary significantly
due to condition, mileage, and most importantly, options installed.
Sale prices can vary between $8,000 to $20,000 depending on the
above.

> Additionally, all performance and appearance parts for the XP8's
have ceased production back in 2001.[4] Parts are virtually impossible
to find and purchase, and reproduction costs are skyhigh due to low
demand and basically, the owner of the vehicle themselves footing the
bill. Saleen XP8 parts are no longer available through Saleen
whatsoever, even to owners.

> This has led to what some owners describe as the
"glass-slipper effect", as that if any substantial damage
were to occur, replacement parts are not an option. Therefore, because
of this and the very low production numbers to begin with of the XP8,
the XP8 maintains a distinct allure to Ford enthusiasts unfound in
many other vehicles.

> The Saleen Book, an official book produced by Saleen detailing the
history and production numbers of Saleen vehicles past and present,
noticeably neglected to cover and feature the XP8. Only in the owner
registry listed in the book (compiled information of the original
owner of each Saleen vehicle) did it mention a few select XP8's.

To start here are photos of Saleen XP8 Explorer 98-0001

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Saleen XP8 and Saleen XP6 Explorers. In case you might not now about the Saleen Ford Explorer:
the Ford Explorer created by Saleen during the years 1998?2001. There were three prototype models, based on the 1997 Explorer XLT, which when viewed closely, has distinct characteristics apart from the production models (rear hatch design, taillights, and integrated license plate into the rear bumper). The Saleen XP8 comes in two wheel drive, or all wheel drive four-door configurations, packing either a 5.0-liter V-8, or a Saleen-developed supercharged 5.0-liter/286-horsepower V-8.
limited quantities in 1998.
number is widely disputed and to an extent, impossible to verify as Saleen has extremely limited records of this low production model. It has been said that approximately the first 20 XP8's were reserved for Saleen employees and executives, thus decreasing the available selection to the public even more.
handling and appearance. Springs and shocks were replaced with the company's Racecraft components, and wheels upgraded to Saleen's own 18-inch (460 mm) genuine magnesium wheels wrapped by Pirelli 255/55SR18 Scorpion S/T radials.
includes special front and rear fascia, side skirts, door cladding, roof-mounted rear wing, and carbon fiber trim. The cabin is treated to either a real wood or carbon fiber appearance package, depending upon color choice, as well as Saleen gauge faces and floor mats. A particularly nice, though pricey, option is Saleen/RECARO leather seating ($3950), offering 10-way power adjustment up front and hip-hugging support.[2]
with stock Explorer calipers, again due to lack of structural integrity.=
recalled & replaced with stock Explorer brakes)
result of Saleen farming the production of the XP8's (with the exception of only a few) to California bodyshops and Ford dealers. Many of the options available in Saleen XP8's, such as the carbon fiber composite hood, Saleen supercharger, and carbon fiber accents were installed outside of the Saleen Inc. compound.
(2001), and as such, can only be purchased through online advertisements and car auction websites such as eBay Motors. Prices vary significantly due to condition, mileage, and most importantly, options installed. Sale prices can vary between $8,000 to $20,000 depending on the above.
have ceased production back in 2001.[4] Parts are virtually impossible to find and purchase, and reproduction costs are skyhigh due to low demand and basically, the owner of the vehicle themselves footing the bill. Saleen XP8 parts are no longer available through Saleen whatsoever, even to owners.
"glass-slipper effect", as that if any substantial damage were to occur, replacement parts are not an option. Therefore, because of this and the very low production numbers to begin with of the XP8, the XP8 maintains a distinct allure to Ford enthusiasts unfound in many other vehicles.
the history and production numbers of Saleen vehicles past and present, noticeably neglected to cover and feature the XP8. Only in the owner registry listed in the book (compiled information of the original owner of each Saleen vehicle) did it mention a few select XP8's.
Here are photos of Saleen Ford Explorer XP8 98-0002 View the attachments for this post at:
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MuscleJunkie
Saleen XP8 and Saleen XP6 Explorers. In case you might not now about the Saleen Ford Explorer:
the Ford Explorer created by Saleen during the years 1998?2001. There were three prototype models, based on the 1997 Explorer XLT, which when viewed closely, has distinct characteristics apart from the production models (rear hatch design, taillights, and integrated license plate into the rear bumper). The Saleen XP8 comes in two wheel drive, or all wheel drive four-door configurations, packing either a 5.0-liter V-8, or a Saleen-developed supercharged 5.0-liter/286-horsepower V-8.
limited quantities in 1998.
number is widely disputed and to an extent, impossible to verify as Saleen has extremely limited records of this low production model. It has been said that approximately the first 20 XP8's were reserved for Saleen employees and executives, thus decreasing the available selection to the public even more.
handling and appearance. Springs and shocks were replaced with the company's Racecraft components, and wheels upgraded to Saleen's own 18-inch (460 mm) genuine magnesium wheels wrapped by Pirelli 255/55SR18 Scorpion S/T radials.
includes special front and rear fascia, side skirts, door cladding, roof-mounted rear wing, and carbon fiber trim. The cabin is treated to either a real wood or carbon fiber appearance package, depending upon color choice, as well as Saleen gauge faces and floor mats. A particularly nice, though pricey, option is Saleen/RECARO leather seating ($3950), offering 10-way power adjustment up front and hip-hugging support.[2]
with stock Explorer calipers, again due to lack of structural integrity.=
recalled & replaced with stock Explorer brakes)
result of Saleen farming the production of the XP8's (with the exception of only a few) to California bodyshops and Ford dealers. Many of the options available in Saleen XP8's, such as the carbon fiber composite hood, Saleen supercharger, and carbon fiber accents were installed outside of the Saleen Inc. compound.
(2001), and as such, can only be purchased through online advertisements and car auction websites such as eBay Motors. Prices vary significantly due to condition, mileage, and most importantly, options installed. Sale prices can vary between $8,000 to $20,000 depending on the above.
have ceased production back in 2001.[4] Parts are virtually impossible to find and purchase, and reproduction costs are skyhigh due to low demand and basically, the owner of the vehicle themselves footing the bill. Saleen XP8 parts are no longer available through Saleen whatsoever, even to owners.
"glass-slipper effect", as that if any substantial damage were to occur, replacement parts are not an option. Therefore, because of this and the very low production numbers to begin with of the XP8, the XP8 maintains a distinct allure to Ford enthusiasts unfound in many other vehicles.
the history and production numbers of Saleen vehicles past and present, noticeably neglected to cover and feature the XP8. Only in the owner registry listed in the book (compiled information of the original owner of each Saleen vehicle) did it mention a few select XP8's.
Here are photos of Saleen XP8 98-0003 View the attachments for this post at:
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MuscleJunkie
Saleen XP8 and Saleen XP6 Explorers. In case you might not now about the Saleen Ford Explorer:
the Ford Explorer created by Saleen during the years 1998?2001. There were three prototype models, based on the 1997 Explorer XLT, which when viewed closely, has distinct characteristics apart from the production models (rear hatch design, taillights, and integrated license plate into the rear bumper). The Saleen XP8 comes in two wheel drive, or all wheel drive four-door configurations, packing either a 5.0-liter V-8, or a Saleen-developed supercharged 5.0-liter/286-horsepower V-8.
limited quantities in 1998.
number is widely disputed and to an extent, impossible to verify as Saleen has extremely limited records of this low production model. It has been said that approximately the first 20 XP8's were reserved for Saleen employees and executives, thus decreasing the available selection to the public even more.
handling and appearance. Springs and shocks were replaced with the company's Racecraft components, and wheels upgraded to Saleen's own 18-inch (460 mm) genuine magnesium wheels wrapped by Pirelli 255/55SR18 Scorpion S/T radials.
includes special front and rear fascia, side skirts, door cladding, roof-mounted rear wing, and carbon fiber trim. The cabin is treated to either a real wood or carbon fiber appearance package, depending upon color choice, as well as Saleen gauge faces and floor mats. A particularly nice, though pricey, option is Saleen/RECARO leather seating ($3950), offering 10-way power adjustment up front and hip-hugging support.[2]
with stock Explorer calipers, again due to lack of structural integrity.=
recalled & replaced with stock Explorer brakes)
result of Saleen farming the production of the XP8's (with the exception of only a few) to California bodyshops and Ford dealers. Many of the options available in Saleen XP8's, such as the carbon fiber composite hood, Saleen supercharger, and carbon fiber accents were installed outside of the Saleen Inc. compound.
(2001), and as such, can only be purchased through online advertisements and car auction websites such as eBay Motors. Prices vary significantly due to condition, mileage, and most importantly, options installed. Sale prices can vary between $8,000 to $20,000 depending on the above.
have ceased production back in 2001.[4] Parts are virtually impossible to find and purchase, and reproduction costs are skyhigh due to low demand and basically, the owner of the vehicle themselves footing the bill. Saleen XP8 parts are no longer available through Saleen whatsoever, even to owners.
"glass-slipper effect", as that if any substantial damage were to occur, replacement parts are not an option. Therefore, because of this and the very low production numbers to begin with of the XP8, the XP8 maintains a distinct allure to Ford enthusiasts unfound in many other vehicles.
the history and production numbers of Saleen vehicles past and present, noticeably neglected to cover and feature the XP8. Only in the owner registry listed in the book (compiled information of the original owner of each Saleen vehicle) did it mention a few select XP8's.
Here are photos of Saleen XP8 98-0004
One of 3 factory supercharged XP, carbon hood Recaro and Alcon Brakes. It was used by Saleen as a press car and owned by Tony Johnson one of the partners of Saleen at that time. View the attachments for this post at:
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