Saleen will resume production of the S7 supercarJuly 23, 2019
Coupe will get a 1500-horsepower Ford engine
Saleen, now owned by Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation of China, will resume production of the S7 supercar. The novelty will be called S7 Le Mans and a 7.0-liter Ford engine.
The original Saleen S7 was produced from 2000 to 2009 and became the third American serial mid-engine supercar after Vector W8 and M12. The coupe was equipped with a seven-liter V8: the atmospheric version gave out 558 hp (712 Nm), the twin-turbo – 760 hp (949 Nm). To 100 km/h, the S7 accelerated in 4.1 and 3.2 seconds, respectively, and could reach 330 or 354 kilometers per hour. For the S7 Twin Turbo, the Competition package was offered, which increased the return to 1014 horsepower, and also included a modified suspension and an improved aerodynamic body kit.
In 2016, Saleen Automotive S announced the release of the limited series S7 LM. It was assumed that the supercar will receive the same 7.0 V8 with two turbochargers (1014 hp), and the body color, interior design and wheels differ from the usual S7. It was planned to build only seven copies of S7 LM and sell them at a price of a million dollars.
A year later, Saleen became part of the Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation and already in December showed an entry-level mid-engine coupe S1. Now the company announced the return of the S7 Le Mans: the circulation of the supercar will again be limited, and a 7.0-liter Ford Windsor V8 will be used as the power plant. At the same time, the output of a twin-turbo engine will increase to 1500 hp and 1800 Nm of torque. From the stand to the 100 km/h, the Saleen S7 Le Mans will be able to accelerate in 2.2 seconds, and its maximum speed will be 480 kilometers per hour.
The cars will not be assembled in China, but at the Saleen factory in the California town of Corona.
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