The Saleen Focus N2O is fitted with the top of the line 2.0 Duratec I-4 which from the factory makes 150hp, not bad , nothing to be ashamed of. But here's where it gets interesting. Saleen supplies you with a "Nitrous ready" package, which includes all the wiring, plumbing and even the 10lb. bottle of Nitrous, plus Saleen's upgrades to the ECU. But two things are misssing for your $$$$, the bottle is empty and there is a hose missing. You see boys and girls, if you hook up the hose and fill the tank, you can kiss your warranty goodbye!!!!!!!!! Now most manufacturers will void your warranty if you get caught racing or abusing your car, just ask all those poor slobs who boughts Mitsubishi Evos or Subaru WRXs and then went autocrossing at SCCA events. But with this, you only have to hook up the bottle and goodbye warranty.
So the question is, why would anyone buy one? For the "rally inspired styling" and the neat Saleen interior upgrades? I don't know, but when I was told the one that my brother was standing by at the dealer was stickered at over $25k I thought I heard PT Barnnum calling out "Step right up folks and see the amazing PinHead."
I don't mean to imply that anyone who buys a Saleen Focus N2O is a Pinhead. Oh OK you got me, yes that's exactly what I'm saying. Further the fact that Steve Saleen would push this farse out the doors, makes him on too. Why can't we have a real 250hp Focus like the Euro ST? This one comes with 250 hp and a warranty, but not here.
Shame on Steve Saleen and Ford for the shell game they play on stupid people who buy these. You can have 250hp if you buy my car, add the gas and hose and don't mind loosing your warranty. If it was my money and I wanted a rice fighter, I'd walk over to Chevy and buy the Cobalt SS Supercharged or go over to the Dodge boys and buy the Neon SRT4, both with over 200 hp and a full warranty for just over or near $20. I say again, shame on Saleen.