4 new Saleens debut in China
U.S. car manufacturer Saleen Automotive gained worldwide popularity in 2000 when it premiered its legendary S7 supercar. Regrettably, the business did not fare particularly well after that, and was ultimately purchased by Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology in 2017. Two years later, four Saleen-branded cars premiered in Beijing, China.
The company’s founder Steve Saleen and Hollywood star Jason Statham attended the reveal event which featured two brand-new vehicles and two updates.
It is the famous S7 that stole the spotlight, of course. A special edition of the hypercar, titled ‘Le Mans’, will soon go into production in China packing a 7.0-liter Ford V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The output is estimated at 1,500 hp (1,120 kW) and 1,800 Nm (1,328 pound-feet) of torque. Each of the seven planned hypercars will be able to sprint from nothing to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a vertiginous 2.2 seconds and ultimately hit 480 km/h (298 mph).
The other vehicle, called the Saleen S1, was introduced two years ago. Essentially a RWD, mid-engine sports car with a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine, it brings 457 hp (341 kW) and 577 Nm (426 lb-ft) of torque to the table. It does the standard sprint in 3.5 seconds and maxes out at 290 km/h (180 mph).
The other two are much humbler than that. The Saleen MAC is a crossover SUV with 400 hp (298 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) under the hood. The Maimai is an all-electric compact car with 109 hp (81 kW) and unspecified torque, rated for 305 km (190 mi) of range.
Saleen will produce the new S7 Le-Mans in its home factory in Corona, California, USA. The S1 will hit production next year, as soon as Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology completes the construction of a new factory in Nantong, China.
Editor Andrew Raspopov