Saleen shocked nearly everyone at the Los Angeles Auto Show when it debuted its handsome new S1 sports car. The American company that had seen its fair share of financial struggle was back in a big way, and the prototype sports car at the auto show stand was proof of that. But even before the S1 makes its way to the production line, the company is offering up a handful of revived S7s.
The S7 Le Mans Edition will see just seven examples built, each at a cost of $1 million. The car was originally previewed in 2016, but now it appears at least one example has been built. Under the hood will be a 7.0-liter biturbo V8 engine good for 1,300 horsepower (969 kilowatts), paired to a longitudinal, six-speed synchromesh gearbox with a limited-slip differential. It also has a metallic clutch with 8.0-inch twin-disc hydraulic actuation bow-through uprights.
Gallery: Saleen S7 LM
The custom S7 will come finished in a unique black and silver paint scheme with clear-coated carbon fiber throughout. The supercar will ride on a set of forged five-spoke wheels equipped with center locking wheel nuts, measuring in at 19 x 9.5-inches in the front, and 20 x 12.0 inches in the rear. The wheels will come wrapped in high-performance tires, naturally.
In the cabin, features like air conditioning, an LED display, a race-inspired central-mounted digital tachometer, and even a backup camera will come standard. The performance sports seats will come finished in a dual leather and Alcantara mix, with a matching suede steering wheel. "True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar," said Steve Saleen. "We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around."
While most of us aren't able to afford the million-dollar special edition, thankfully the S1 sports car will be much cheaper when it goes on sale next summer. Saleen estimates that the coupe will be available for around $100,000 beginning in 2018.
Gallery: 2018 Saleen S1
Saleen Automotive, Inc. has re-asserted its dominance in the supercar market with the unveiling of the 1300-horsepower Saleen S7 Le Mans (LM) Edition at the recent LA Auto Show.
The S7R race version has won at every major racetrack in the world, including Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring, and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. The S7 LM Edition commemorates that seven-year run of consecutive racing victories of its Saleen S7 Supercar. The S7 street version has also starred in several Hollywood blockbusters, including being driven by “God” in Bruce Almighty.
Steve Saleen previously announced the planned build of this extraordinary supercar. The car unveiled at the recent LA Auto Show is the fulfillment of the first of the special edition S7 LMs. “True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”
A 7.0L twin-turbo engine, rated at 1300 horsepower, will power the new S7 LM supercar. Each one is being hand built at Saleen’s Corona, CA, headquarters. The S7 LM’s transmission is a longitudinal, 6-speed all synchromesh with limited-slip differential. It also has a metallic clutch with 8.0-inch twin-disc hydraulic actuation bow-through uprights.
The S7 LM has an all-new, exclusive Black/Silver paint scheme with clear-coated carbon fiber. It will ride on Saleen forged, five-spoke, Le Mans-style wheel design equipped with center locking wheel nuts with automatic safety locks. Fronts are sized at 19 X 9.5-inches with rears at 20 X 12.0-inches. These sleek, stylish wheels will be shod with high-performance tires: 275/30/ZR19 front and 335/30/ZR20 rears.
The chassis is comprised of 4130 Lightweight Steel Space frame with Honeycomb Composite panels. The S7 LM has advanced wind tunnel developed aerodynamics including integrated split-channel airflow throughout the car, full underside aerodynamics, advanced-design front tray and side skirts, full-body-width rear spoiler, and heat-rejecting tinted glass.
The S7 LM is well equipped with safety features including, but not limited to, integrated roll protection, aluminum honeycomb impact-absorbing panels, 3-point seat belts with automatic pre-tensioner, and aluminum honeycomb front crush structure with integrated rear crumple zones.
Interior convenience and comfort treatments feature a high-volume flow-through ventilation system, A/C, rear view video camera with interior LCD display, 240 MPH speedometer, race-inspired central-mounted digital tachometer with S7R-style shift lights, fully adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows and door locks, keyless remote for doors and rear trunk, variable intermittent windshield wipers, electric heated front windshield, remote engine hatch and fuel filler door releases, and the latest in sound systems. Standard interior trim includes black Alcantera with multi-tone leather and suede. The S7 LM is also equipped with performance sport seating, aluminum and color accents, custom-fitted driver seating position, and a dual leather and Alcantera suede steering wheel. Also included is the special LM-edition trim.
The Saleen S7 LM is priced at $1,000,000,000. With a mere seven to be produced, this is the ultimate collector supercar.