• Mar 19th 2008 at 11:30AM
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Click above to view gallery of the Saleen S5S Raptor

Though Saleen won't be officially unveiling its new supercar, the S5S Raptor, on stage until tomorrow, we've got pics and details for you now. Though slated to slot below the hardcore S7 in Saleen's lineup, the S5S Raptor looks no less the part of a high-powered high-performance sports car. It's powered by a supercharged 5.0L engine mounted amidships producing around 650 horsepower and 630 lb-ft. of churn on a steady diet of E85 ethanol.

Developed as a collaboration between Saleen and specialty builder ASC -- both of which are owned by the same private equity firm -- the car is plenty of tech and a bit of throwback. The aluminum chassis 2-seater can get from 0-60 in a supercar-standard 3.2 seconds. When it's time to stop, six-pot calipers hidden by 20-inch wheels clamp down on 15-inch rotors up front. The retro bit: a six-speed manual gearbox. A paddle-shifting sequential is also in the works and may be ready when the car goes into production in 2010. Compared to the S7, the S5S is another relative domestic bargain at only $185,000.

We'll bring you live shots of the S5S Raptor tomorrow when it officially debuts, but until then, check out the gallery of shots below.

UPDATE: New high-res images added to gallery below. Look for live pics of the car's official debut tomorrow.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Saleen, Saleen, !!!

      you forgot to take ur medicine AGAIN?

      so let me get this straight.. i should buy Raptor for 185 K and dont look at the following cars:

      - Audi R8
      - Aston Martin DB9
      - Bentley Continental GT / GT Speed
      - Gallardo
      - F430
      - Maerati Grand Turismo (not my fav cz of engine but what the heck)

      So remind me.. what was the price of the car ?

      did i mention that car DOES look good .. but still.. Saleen you should have know.


      • 7 Years Ago
      Congrats on having no creativity and simply combining the F430 and Gallardo. We already have those cars, I was expecting a new car from Saleen. I'll take the S7 everyday of the week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome job Saleen!!!!

      Gallardo where are you people getting that from?? Maybe you should look a little better, this looks nothing like the Gallardo.

      Great job again Saleen!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful work. Much more attractive than the S7, which i find has too many gills, slits and vents for its own good (from an aesthetic perspective). Much like the early Lamborghini Countach vs. the later versions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car looks a bit cartoonish to me.
      I do however, prefer the looks to the S7.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I suppose that means you agree then eh what?
        • 7 Years Ago
        They're supercars. They're supposed to be cartoonish, ridiculous, and ostentatious -- that's the whole point.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      To the Ferrari/Lamborghini fanboys: Seriously, do you guys consider every low-slung coupe to be a ripoff of your favorite brand? I have collected a ton of pictures of the F430, Gallardo, and even the R8 from all different angles, and I see very little (if any) resemblance between the S5S Raptor and the aforementioned models. The only remote resemblance is to the M15 as Mobius1Fox2 mentioned -- even then, the S5S Raptor has a much more aggressive look as befits a supercar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is actually pretty compelling.

      It will be interesting to see more about this.

      It is quite attractive, from the front and the back. Midship 5-liter supercharged (Ford presumably) V8...

      With some good tech, like SLA suspension on all four wheels, magneto-fluid dampers, dual-clutch gearbox, HUD, etc... this could be the mid-engine sports car that America has been trying to build for quite some time, but never quite making it for one reason or another.

      Dare I say it, but an American successor to the NSX's role of modern mid-engined sports car that is attractive on it's merits more than it's brand name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Noble M15, anyone?


      I mean, that design/styling isn't coincidental, it's just lazy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. The next few weeks are gonna suck, we've been so spoiled recently with the Solstice targa, G8 GXP, and now this...
      • 7 Years Ago
      SO HOT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I need a tissue! I'm gonna cry!!! I love it!
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