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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

Saleen managed to build a true supercar based on a mid-engined race-car developed for the 24h of the LeMans race.

American carmakers made sports cars and muscle cars, but not supercars. Vector W8 was an exciting offer, and that one was the closest to the Saleen S7, but there was a seven-year gap between the last W8 and the first S7. The next in line was the 2004 Ford GT. But the S7 was a different kind of animal.

After establishing itself as a car manufacturer and financially backed up by Hidden Creek Industries, Steve Saleen unveiled the S7 at the Monterey Historic Races in 2000. It was a supercar by all means. When he designed the car, he took its inspiration from Ferrari F40 and F50, McLaren F1, and Jaguar XJ220. The result was a mid-engined supercar with a wide grille at the front apron and massive side vents behind the doors, which channeled the air into the engine compartment. Saleen built the car to race it at the LeMans and then adapted it for street use and regulations.

Inside, it was still cramped like a race car, but it featured leather bucket seats with high bolstering and a slim seatback. On the center stack, the car manufacturer installed the climate controls and the audio system. A monitor showed the image for the backup camera.

Under the hood, the car manufacturer took a 351 cu-in small-block Ford engine, increased its bore and stroke, and transformed it into a 427 cu-in (7.0-liter) V-8. That was tuned for street use and comply with the emission tests. Despite its ancient architecture, with two valves per cylinder and push-rod system, it provided 550 hp and a massive 712 (525 lb-ft) of torque.

SALEEN S7 2000 - 2004 7 Photos
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SALEEN S7 2000 - 2004
  1 gasoline engine
  • 7.0 V8

SALEEN S7 7.0 V8

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0 V8
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6997 cm3
Power
404 KW @ 6400 RPM
550 HP @ 6400 RPM
542 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
525 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
712 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
198.8 mph (320 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 6 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
275/30 ZR19 (front) - 345/30 ZR20 (rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
188 in (4775 mm)
Width
78.3 in (1989 mm)
Height
41 in (1041 mm)
Front/rear Track
68.8/67.3 in (1,748/1,709 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.9 in (99 mm)
Cargo Volume
2.7 cuFT (76 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2750 lbs (1247 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10 mpg US (23.5 L/100Km)
Highway
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
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