Auto Shows Saleen returns to making its own sports cars

18:24  01 december  2017
18:24  01 december  2017 Source:   Driving.ca

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Now, Saleen is back into the business of building its own sports car , as headlined by the new Saleen S1. There have also been indications that Saleen will follow up the sports car with an electric version, which would be made available after the conventional variant.

What is it? A mid-engine sports car from Steve Saleen . Powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre, Saleen -designed four-cylinder that pumps out 450 horsepower, the sleekly styled two-seater has an aluminium tub and a carbon fibre body.

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What is it? A mid-engine sports car from Steve Saleen. Powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre, Saleen-designed four-cylinder that pumps out 450 horsepower, the sleekly styled two-seater has an aluminium tub and a carbon fibre body. Claimed performance is a zero-to-96 km/h (60 mph) time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of approximately 290 km/h.

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Why does it matter? While there’s no shortage of two-seat, mid-engine sports cars from any number of manufacturers both big and small, the Saleen S1 is not stupidly priced; just US$100,000. The more interesting aspect is that, while all S1s will be built in North America for now, future plans call for production to be moved to China. Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group (JSAT) is a new, separately owned automotive company and is building, says CEO Steve Saleen, a billion-dollar manufacturing facility to produce Saleen vehicles in China for worldwide distribution.

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This manufacturer of limited edition, high-performance vehicles has produced a range of cars , from the Mustang-based S281 and the S331 Sport Truck to At the heart of the S331 is its namesake motor, the 330 cubic inch (i.e., 5.4-liter) V8 topped with Saleen ’s own supercharger, a combination is good

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When is it coming? Saleen Automotive says it is commencing manufacturing of the S1 “immediately.” The first models are expected to roll off the line in late summer 2018.

Should you buy it? Yes, if you’re an extrovert who likes speeding tickets. Steve Saleen is not an unknown quantity; a noted race driver, he has almost 35 years experience as a designer and manufacturer, producing six generations of Saleen Mustangs, plus trucks and the near-legendary Saleen S7 supercar. Also, it’s not like you’re going to find an S1 on every block.

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