There are many names you could associate with Mustang tuning, but few are as iconic as Steve Saleen. The American tuner extraordinaire made a name for himself tweaking the Ford muscle coupe under the Saleen brand until he left his own company to start SMS Supercars. But now that the two have been reunited, word has it that Saleen is moving ahead with plans to produce a new mid-engine exotic to follow in the footsteps of the famed S7.

Saleen, as you may recall, branched out of tuning pony cars with the S7 in 2000. The car packed a 7.0-liter V8 that was later twin-turbocharged up to 750 horsepower to make it good for a 0-60 run in under three seconds and a top speed of nearly 250 mph. The car endures as an American performance icon, but while an S5S Raptor concept (pictured above) was showcased four years ago at the New York Auto Show, the schism between the two Saleen companies kept it from ever seeing the light of day.

With that ugliness now behind us, however, Autoweek reports that Steve Saleen is intent on picking up where the S7 and S5S left off. Getting to that point is expected to take Saleen a while, but in the meantime, he's working at integrating the two operations. The SMS facility in California will continue building the cars – White Label for mild upgrades, Yellow Label for supercharged models and Black Label for the works – while his Saleen facility in Michigan will distribute the parts. Look for a tuned Chevrolet Camaro to come rumbling around the corner in the near future.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had the means, I would buy a brand new S7 today. In my eyes, that car has not aged at all. If they sold S7 while they got the S5 in order, I would be all for it. Let me say, however, that I have no money so don't take my word for it. PS. The profile looks like a HotWheel.
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the use of "resurrect" with the Easter Holiday and all.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good start, good to see the Raptor be given a chance. Hopefully after that, they will start working on S7 successor.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this car. I had honestly forgotten about it. It'd be nice to see this thing doing battle with the 458, Gallard replacement, MP4-12C, and upcoming Porsche.
      axordonez
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am impressed with the styling! In the past 20-30 years, super car styling is often generic in it's styling. Whomever did the styling, did a great job of putting moderation and identity to help this car stylistically stand out from the crowd. Good job!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      While some will probably say it looks a lot like this car or that car, overall, that's a gorgeous design. Not groundbreaking, but still quite striking.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      awesome styling...bring it on!
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he could subtract quarter to half a ton from the Camaro's weight, that would be a more impressive engineering feat than retuning the springs/shocks and adding a turbo. It's more than drilling holes, kids.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
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      good
      • 2 Years Ago
      Design was done by ASC in 2008.
      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is wrong with you "journalists"? How hard is it for you to get the car hierarchy correct?? The Raptor is an entry-level exotic. The S7 was the "supercar". The raptor is intended to compete with the Gallardo, 458, R8, etc. Exotics. Not supercars. Hopefully someone at Autoblog will put down the green tea, relax a bit, and stop trying to create buzz just by calling something a "supercar". If Ferrari does not consider their $500k 599GTO to be a "supercar", I highly doubt a $250k car qualifies. Calm down with the buzzword's guys!
        imag
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        The press (and most commentators) seems to have gone with: Supercars : 458, Gallardo, MP4-12C Hypercars: Veyron, SSC, Aston 177, Enzo replacement Not saying I agree, but that's what I see. To be fair, the exotics today will kick the crap out of most of yesterday's supercars, with the McLaren F1 the lone exception.
          Lab Rat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imag
          Well you have to realize that when supercar was coined there were no such things as 1200hp monstrosities like the Venom GT or Veyron SS. I think the term hypercar captures the insanity of the highest tier of sport automobile.
          Mike B
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imag
          Hypercar is a term coined by people that don't recognize progress and that sportscars/supercars get faster with every decade, when supercars get faster again they'll probably invent a new term like Ultracar to name them. Mclaren calls the MP4-12C an entry level supercar, and only recognizes the Gallardo and 458 as the only other competitors on that class, it's a price thing and in consequence an exclusivity one too, right now, 200k seems to be the minimum.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see a lot of Honda in that front end (HSV lights with NSX nose) but overall the car is good looking. More collective and cleaner than their S7 design, which is good. In comparison to this car, the S7 looks more like a kit car. Hopefully this will see the track just like the S7 did.
        NeoS281
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Good eye although this concept was made years before the soon-to-be-released NSX was conceptually designed and formed.
      • 2 Years Ago
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