The All-American Saleen S7 Still Kicks Ass

Even if it's more than a decade old at this point, Steve Saleen's supercar is still a jaw-dropper.

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There are people who suggest that the Saleen S7 is some kind of a joke. They argue that it's a half-cooked, all-displacement-no-refinement sort of deal, a shiny temptation with a questionable pedigree. Made of tiny tubes, carbon fiber and Kevlar, nobody knows exactly how many were built anyway. Steve Saleen should have a fairly accurate estimate, but that hardly matters now.

Of course opinions will vary. What's certain is that, once Saleen had this long, wide machine designed, he decided to twin-turbocharge the thing. And with close to 800 horsepower and a price tag of $600,000 in 2005, the S7 Twin Turbo had no real competition. Maybe that's why, 14 years later, found that this American machine can still impress a supercar dealer with "150 to 175" Lamborghinis on his automotive resume. Perhaps Steve Saleen was onto something after all.

Oh, and there's that other version. You know, the one Saleen sent against Corvettes, Murcielagos, Ford GTs and Aston Martins at Le Mans, scoring a class win in 2010. Rumor has it that in total, 14 S7Rs were race ready, with another seven chassis waiting for their time to shine.

All I know is that if you jump into one today and wring it out around Spa, that 7-liter V-8 sounds something like this from the driver's seat:

And all this doesn't seem half-cooked, does it?

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