During the unveiling of its commemorative SA-30 models at the LA Auto Show, Steve Saleen mentioned that his company was working on the development of a new supercar as a followup to the 2000-2004 Saleen S7 (shown above).

"We haven't forgotten about the supercar genre," Saleen said. "We are working on what we'll call the 'S8' and the continuation of the American supercar."

The last we heard of a supercar from Saleen was the S5S Raptor that made its grand entrance at the 2008 New York Auto Show, but that seemed to get lost in the shuffle when Saleen, Inc. was sold off in 2009. At that point, Saleen had already moved on to form SMS Supercars, but after reacquiring the Saleen name and brand last year, it would appear the supercar is definitely back on the table.


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      PatrickLambert.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      We were the Dealer for Saleen S7, at three stores I've worked with, Lamborghini Dallas, Houston and Miami. We had a chance to be around these vehicles, the manufacturer, and the people who purchased them. All three proved to be a good experience. The cars were 2800 lb. carbon fiber rockets, so light if you brushed against them on a flat surface they would roll, the later models were 7.0 ltr. twin turbo V8's available with 750, 850 and 1000 hp. The 750 would get to 60mph in just 2.8 sec. The people at Saleen were easy and helpful to work with, and the Gear-heads who bought them were a success in their field of business, and as comfortable in the shop as a tech. You can bet the S8 will be an amazing addition to the world of Super-cars, and most likely the advancements from it will improve the entire Saleen line of products. Patrick Lambert www.patricklambert.com
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S7 will always be one of the most striking supercars ever, and was way ahead of its competition at the time. It was before the Carrera GT, Murcielago, Enzo, Zonda, Veyron, or anything even resembling a supercar at the time.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      i hope they use anything from the raptor
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      now theres a face you never see a anymore. I used to love this car
      The Dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mother of God
      kmdk78
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S7 is an exquisite car and performed as good as it looked. Hoping Saleen comes out with the S8 especially with the absence of Mosler.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do we really need another cramped, overpriced, "supercar" with completely unoriginal styling and dodgy build quality? Aren't there already about a dozen almost identical cars being produced already? How would it hold up comfort and reliabilty wise on a drive from L.A. to Vegas? Not too well I'd bet.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
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          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're right, this looks nothing like a Lambo-Ferrari-Lotus-a dozen other exotics. I can't wait to slap a AAA stricker on the rear diffuser, squeeze my and the wife into the narrow cockpit that the completely unnecessary "coke bottle" body profile necessitates, smash our 1 quart sized carry on bags behind the seats, and hopefully make it all the way to Vegas without being stranded alongside the road in Barstow. Come on folks, it's another boring "me too" design already done to death.
        kmdk78
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        I think you underestimate the quality of Saleen. Do we need another super car? Why not? Clearly not "affordable" for most but if you look at their racing history it's not your "vector", "panthera", etc. It is an all around super car.
        Floridian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Do you think supercar owners use their supercar as a daily driver/have a supercar as their only car?
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        @AngeloD
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          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron Yes I read the article. Where are you gleaning the information that the new car will look any different? Out of your A** as usual I'm sure.
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        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Dont feed the troll.
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      Tony Akinremi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see what Production Model will look like. The S7 ais nice Supercar but looked kind of kit Car- ish, that S8 looks More Production like.
      XEVIOUS
      • 11 Months Ago
      Saleen's products were always top of there class. There mustangs were taken to supercar exotic heights, in both looks and performance. Today people now know how important racing is to road car developement and vice versa, but only a few years ago most people only though of drag racing straight line performance and assumed the things saleen did could be easily achieve thru the purchase of some go fast parts. Asking the questing why pay thousand extra for a saleen when they can do it at home. Now people are wiser and understand true tuning is a lot more involved and sure aint easy. In fact its taken Ford some 16 years to match the performance of there current top mustang models (boss302/laguna seca) with performance numbers from saleen mustangs of the 1990's!. Numbers that were better in most cases than porsche corvette ferrari. astonishlingly true.
      XEVIOUS
      • 11 Months Ago
      Where Saleen fell short was in business practice and customer satisfaction. Indeed a small volume car operations has a hard time providing orders to many customers, especially when orders flood in and there third party suppliers fall behind. Many customers including myself were angered by backloged orders taking several months to arrive if at all in some cases. Money surely should not have been an issue. But what ever was happening internally destroyed the company then Saleen himself was out. And not that the company improved by any measure when he was gone. Saleen products were watered down and truly didnt represent the measures of what Steve created during his reign. Roush took advantage and literally (and shamelessly) stole saleens formula even down to there logo design for which Saleen inc, never sued in court. But thankfully thats all the past, and Steve is back at the helm. Obviously it will take some time for the company to fully recover and the move to broaden there product range is controversial but a smart business move. ultimately saleen must return to racing. unlike the past today everyone knows the importance of racing, even the factory's. Look no further than the corvette C7 to see the end results. And indeed i personally feel saleen's new supercar should not be unobtainable. Another 200K supercar is not what the company needs at the moment, what it does need is a exactly what Ford refuses to provide, a rival to the corvette c7. something that many can purchase. then that million dollar supercar is viable. somewhat similar to what mclaren provided with first the mp4-12c then the P1,
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