The return of this supercar is in no way related to the movie or to any of Superman’s kin. Nevertheless, Superman and Saleen share a common denominator—long-term hiatus.
That doesn’t mean, though, that Saleen did not produce any car these recent years. It still did. What took a breather, instead, is the creation of the standalone supercar S7, which was introduced in 2000. The S7 is the only Saleen-made car that’s not based on any existing design or chassis.
But this week, Saleen unveiled its new sports car called the S1 at the LA Auto Show (last month, however, Saleen S1 was already revealed in China).
According to a report, the car will be built in China for the Asian market. For the European and US customers, the cars will be built in Mississippi. Later on, however, all production will be done in China.
Based on the same report, Saleen S1 is supposed to be merely an enhancement of the Artega GT Sports car, particularly on the safety side. Saleen Founder, Steve Saleen, wanted to upgrade the latter to meet modern safety requirements. However, this concept seemed infeasible.
The result then is this aluminum and carbon fiber supercar that packs 450 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
This rear wheel drive sports car has a curb weight of 2,685 pounds, which make it just 20 lbs. heavier than the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Its top speed is estimated at 180 mph and it can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
It may not make it to the list of fastest production cars by acceleration, but a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds is enough to turn heads wherever you go.
Saleen S1 will sell for at least $100,000, and if you want to reserve yours, the company is accepting a $1000 deposit. Deliveries are expected to start in the third quarter of 2018.
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