As we bid farewell to the S550-generation Ford Mustang and welcome the all-new, redesigned 2024 S650 model, longtime pony car tuner Saleen did the same with its last S550 offering – the SA-40 Speedster – which debuted back in March. However, a new Saleen model(s) based on the S650 was inevitable, and we got a sneak preview of that back in April as well. Now, the 2024 Saleen 302 White Label has officially debuted as the company’s very first S650-based build, continuing a tradition that dates back to the Fox Body era.
On the outside, the 2024 Saleen 302 White Label utilizes a host of upgrades designed to maximize airflow, starting up front with a totally new front fascia that features an aerodynamic splitter and an air damn designed to generate large amounts of downforce for cornering performance. From there, the new White Label features a revised hood vent to make it easier for hot air to escape the engine bay, along with a new axial grille and a rear wing.
Performance-wise, the 2024 Saleen 302 White Label features a bit more power than the regular GT – 510 horsepower versus 480 (or 486 with the optional active exhaust). It’s joined by Saleen’s Gen 5 Racecraft suspension upgrade, bigger brakes, and unique wheels and tires.
Inside the cabin, consumers will find Saleen instrument binnacle frames for the 2024 Mustang’s new screens, along with a functional passenger grab handle, to boot. The new entry-level 302 White Label (in the Saleen lineup, at least) starts out at $61,990, but it’s also just the first of several new Saleen models based onto S650, which will soon include the Yellow Label and its 745 horsepower output, along with the 800 horsepower Black Label.
“This 302 White Label (2024) is the most comprehensive design ever for our 302 White Label. There is a lot to like about the new S650 platform,” said Steve Saleen. “Much has been said about this model, and we addressed it. We are quite proud of the end result.”