The Saleen S7 Is The U.S. Supercar Everyone Seems To Have Forgotten

It’s hard to believe that the Saleen S7 was introduced almost a decade ago because, to do this day, it still offers brutal performance and looks surprisingly modern. Dough DeMuro recently had the chance to check out the supercar up close.

The first thing you should know about the S7 is that it wasn’t built by an established supercar manufacturer and was instead the work of Saleen Automotive, a company best known for tuning Ford Mustangs. Not only was the S7 built by a company without previous experience with supercars of this sort, it was also just the third mid-engined supercar ever manufactured in the United States after the Vector W8 and M12.

In standard guise, the S7 came outfitted with a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V8 delivering 550 hp that was coupled to a six-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. Hypercars today have close to, or even well over, 1000 hp. Despite that, the Saleen S7 is still exceptionally fast, as it can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in roughly 3.3 seconds and top out at 220 mph (354 km/h).

Saleen decided to make the S7 a bit crazier in 2005 and rolled out the Twin Turbo variant. As the name implies, this variant saw the S7’s 7.0-liter V8 outfitted with a pair of turbochargers, increasing power to 750 hp and allowing for a claimed top speed of 248 mph (399 km/h).

Just like you would expect for any supercar from a small company, the S7 is loaded with a number of weird features, as DeMuro point out. Like, say, the 50 gills found in its bodywork, or the extremely small footwells and offset pedals that make driving it a challenge.

 

  • Six_Tymes

    not me… I wish I could win the lottery, i would try and buy one.

  • kachuks

    Are you trying to say Demuro needs to go on a diet?

  • GPFan

    Always loved this car. What do they sell for these days? Anyone know?

    • Mr. EP9

      Not a clue to be honest. I haven’t heard of any new products from Saleen since that Sportruck XR. I do know they are making a sports car called the S1, at least I think they’re still making it, which would be one the first they sell in China. It’s been awhile since that though, so who knows? We’ll have to wait and see what they come up with next barring any unforeseen developments.

    • helloWorld

      Nope, they went bankrupt around 2007

  • Bash

    This DeMuro guy is moving up quickly. People should respect that. I respect that.

    • Ben

      Sarcasm, right?

      • Bash

        No, he is now reviewing a saleen for god sake, move up pretty fast. Well I still don’t like him and I have many points about how he make his films. But you gotta respect the effort.

        • illogicalPotato

          He definitely is putting in the work.

        • Ben

          Right, but Doug has been reviewing the hottest supercars and uber luxury cruisers for years now. That’s all I’m saying. He’s already arrived so to speak, years ago.

  • Jo Bo

    Quite ugly even by American standards.

    • Bash

      Booo

  • MarketAndChurch

    One of the greats.

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  • lagunas3ca

    Is Dough DeMuro related to Doug?

    • Zed68

      He is Doug’s cousin, he’s a baker.

  • Eric

    Spoiler alert: he doesn’t drive it.

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