Saleen S1 Sports Car Headed To L.A. With 450 HP

The Los Angeles Auto Show recently announced Saleen would unveil its latest vehicle at this year’s event and it now appears the company will showcase the S1 sports car.

According to China Daily, Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology CEO Charles Wang confirmed the company’s first model in China will be the S1 sports car and it will be launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The model will be a two-door coupe that features a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that produces 450 hp (336 kW) and 425 lb-ft (577 Nm) of torque. Autoguide reports the engine will be four-cylinder sourced from Ford and it will enable the S1 to have a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

Little else is known about the S1 but Car News China says the model was recently shown in China and is heavily influenced by the Artega GT. The model will reportedly have a carbon fiber body and Wang confirmed an “electric version will follow in 2018.”

The S1 will be built at a new plant in Rugao, China and construction is slated to be finished by June. The factory will reportedly be able to build up to 150,000 vehicles annually. That sounds like a lot of capacity for a sports car but Wang confirmed the company intends to follow in the footsteps of Porsche and “produce all sorts of passenger cars including sedans, SUVs and crossovers.”

Photo Credits: Car News China

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  • Honda NSX-R

    Poor man’s McLaren 570S?

  • Jason Miller

    Looks like a bloated Alfa 4C.

  • donald seymour

    It’s a Fisker’s design, and I believe it’s based on the Lotus chassis.

  • gor134

    Mini 488 from the side

  • Six_Tymes

    not bad. I didnt know this was happening

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  • Denzel

    They should have brought back the old S5S concept styling cues. As of right now I will say it okay for till we see more angles and higher quality images

    After do some research I can say the rear is ugly but my previous statement stays they should have kept the s5s styling

  • TrevP

    “Follow the footsteps of Porsche” LOL

  • Ray Filetti

    Also looks like a modded Cayman.

  • John Smith

    Those headlights aren’t

    • Six Thousand Times

      Looks like they work, though they seem a bit cloudy.

  • OG

    488 profile with a Cayman greenhouse.It looks cool but the old S5S was better

  • Artega GT

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yes, per the article.

  • Daniel Harris

    Mini 488 from the side

  • henry van der westhuizen

    Mini 488 from the side

  • Shane

    The headlights look super cheap. It’s a lotus sized Ferrari with a cool motor.

  • Six Thousand Times

    “Heavily influenced by…” the Artega? I like the idea, though of Ford’s 2.3L four in a mid-engined car.

  • jason

    Yes, per the article.

  • Thegunof42 88’s
  • SteersUright

    Not lovin it…

  • Infinite1

    I’m surprised they went with the Focus RS engine instead of a large and heavy V8. Glad they’re doing so

  • KSegg

    Why does the front remind me of the old Celica.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    OK…1) Hideous and B) It’s for China and they will launch it in L.A.? Makes total sense…