I considered S281 before buying my '03 Cobra convertible. Looked at and
drove a couple of them and was unimpressed with the final product.
You'll find the fit and finish not up to par with the factory product
(although that's not saying much; overlook the way Cobra body panels are
joined and you'll be fine) and the brakes on S are SCARY! Sure the S
goes, but you've wrung out most of the performance right up front. With
the Cobra you can go 600-700hp without much trouble.
S also keeps the live rear axle where the Cobra has the factory IRS.
Something to consider for those occaisions when you need to turn the
wheel on a bumpy road!
Longevity and reliability need to be considered. I've go 25,000 miles on
the Cobra with only regular maintenance and no unexpected trips to the
dealer. It would be nice to hear some S owners chime in here.
Good luck with the decision. Keep us updated!
> I'm looking to make a purchase in less than three months. I have the
> funds for both of these bad boys, but I'm torn between looks and
> performance. I love the new Saleen aesthetically, but I love the idea
> of the iron block and smaller price tag for the Cobra.
> There isn't much data around for the 05 Saleen just yet, but hp numbers
> are equivalent to the Cobra's.
> Though I'm leaning towards the Saleen, just for exclusivity, I'm still
> not sure if that's enough to warrant an extra $15-20k! <shrug>