Not long after we felt somewhat letdown after Saleen released another special edition Mustang when it was thought a new supercar was being revealed, Steve Saleen has confirmed a new supercar is indeed on the way. While speaking with Motor Trend, Saleen’s CEO confirmed that the new American supercar will debut sometime in the next two years.
Further elaborating on the prospect, Saleen revealed that his new supercar will indeed borrow some development know-how gained when creating the unique Saleen S5S Raptor from 2008. If the Saleen S5S Raptor had ever reached it to the production line, it would have been a cheaper and slower successor to the insane Saleen S7. And despite the delayed development, the company hopes to create just that with its new supercar.
Rather than chasing production car top speed records, the new Saleen supercar will act as the American alternative to the Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 Turbo, McLaren 12C and the eventual successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo. As a result, we can expect the new Saleen supercar to produce in the region of 600-650hp.
Steve Saleen left his namesake company in 2007 after a falling out with management. Shortly thereafter he founded SMS Signature Cars who went on to produce high performance versions of various American muscle cars and trucks, with a primary focus on the car that gave Saleen so much of its success early on — the Ford Mustang. However, earlier this year, Saleen Automotive was revitalised and given another lease on life!
[Via Motor Trend]