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New Saleen S7 Among Four New Models Planned

A new S7 supercar is in the works alongside a new SUV and urban microcar as Saleen plans its comeback.

Every enthusiast knows the brand Saleen although no one could fault you for having forgotten about the American automaker. Known for the spectacular Saleen S7, a car that defined 2000s supercars, the brand is currently working on a new lineup of vehicles that includes an SUV and a small electric urban microcar.

Oh how the times have changed…

Original Saleen S7
Original Saleen S7

Original Saleen S7
Original Saleen S7

Owned by Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation, Saleen has been taunting the return the of the S7 for a few years now with nothing concrete to show for it. At an event held this week in China, Saleen brought the S7 back into the light once again with a new Saleen S7 LM which would pack a 7.0-liter Ford V8 like the original model.

Only this time, the engine will make 1,500 horsepower and 1,328 pound-feet of torque which will push it to 100 km/h in 2.2 seconds. Even more impressive is the rest of the lineup Saleen has planned.

The S7 LM will be joined by a new S1 with 457 horsepower and 426 pound-feet of torque. Saleen first talked about the S1 back in 2017 before it became the Artega GT.

Things get even crazier after the S1. Saleen unveiled a new SUV called the Saleen MAC which offers 400 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque and could arrive on the market at the end of 2020 as a competitor to the Porsche Macan, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and AMG and M versions of the GLC and X3 respectively.

Last but certainly not least is the Saleen Maimai, a small urban car powered by a 80-kW electric motor that provides 305 kilometers of range.

We can certainly get behind the idea of Saleen making a comeback and we’d love a new S7 and S1. But there’s something very weird about a Saleen SUV and it’s even more odd when you factor in this new Maimai. Not since the Aston Martin Cygnet have we heard of a model so out of tune with the emblem on its hood.

Aston Martin Cygnet
Aston Martin Cygnet

 

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We continue to be blown away by our official launch event in China this weekend. It was absolutely amazing!

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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