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2011 Mach7 Motorsports Falcon

When it comes to supercars, America is fairly well-represented against its European contemporaries with the SSC Ultimate Aero and the Saleen S7 . But even if the Land of the Free has some noteworthy machines on its side, the other side of the pond has more options to choose from, including the high-and-mighty Bugatti Veyron .

In an attempt to bolster the American supercar line-up, Mach7 Motorsports, led by its founders, Jeff and Carl Lemke, recently introduced the Falcon supercar at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show. Despite being a pre-production car, all signs are pointing to the Mach77 Falcon being ready for production in the future, at least until after finishing touches and performance tests are done on it.

In any case, Mach7 is looking into building 15 Falcon models every year with seven being built at a time and in six-month intervals. When it becomes ready to be sent off to dealerships, early estimates indicate that the Falcon will be priced at around $200,000, a far cheaper alternative than its American supercar brethren, the Saleen S7 and the SSC Ultimate Aero.

Details on the Mach7 Motorsports Falcon after the jump.

Exterior

Mach7 Motorsports Falcon

The Falcon’s body is made up entirely of carbon fiber although you probably won’t notice as it lies under whatever color scheme the owner wants for his supercar. There are touches of the high-grade material that will still be visible to the naked eye, particularly at the side sills, rear fascia, canopy structure, and replaceable front splitter. Once you open the Falcon’s clamshell hood and the deck lid on the back, you’ll also be seeing the carbon fiber found in the car’s inner structure, wheel wells, and engine bay coverings. The resin-infused carbon fiber panels used in the Falcon were built in-house by M7M and are considered light, corrosion-proof, and crack-resistant, ensuring that its light weight yet boasting of the tensile strength of steel.

On top of all the carbon fiber goodies, the Falcon also has a strong, lightweight hydro-formed chassis that has been combined with aluminum components, ensuring the car’s strength and sturdiness.

Other items of note from the Falcon’s exterior include a removable targa roof panel and a set of 20” forgeline wheels with Michelin 275/35 front and 335/30 rear high performance tires.

Interior

Mach7 Motorsports Falcon

Over at the interior, you’ll find two high-end Venzano racing leather seats, a chrome and leather steering wheel, and state-of-the-art gadgetry that includes a built-in Garmin navigation system, Bluetooth, a built-in iPod/iPhone dock, and a Bose premium sound system.

Performance

Mach7 Motorsports Falcon

Test estimates on the LS3 engine will net a 0-60 mph time of just under four seconds...

The base model of the Falcon will come with a 6.2-liter LS3 Corvette V8 engine that produces around 500 horsepower. Mach7 Motorsports is also offering an upgraded engine option that will come with either an LS7 or LS9 supercharged engine that spikes up the output to 640 horsepower. Test estimates on the LS3 engine will net a 0-60 mph time of just under four seconds with an LS9 supercharged engine hitting the same speed in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of well over 200 mph.

Pricing

Mach7 Motorsports is hoping to build 15 of their Falcons supercars a year with each model costing somewhere around $200,000. Oh, the price you pay for an all-American supercar.

Competition

Mach7 Motorsports Falcon

If we are to consider the Mach7 Motorsports Falcon as an American supercar, then two supercars come to mind in terms of being its most prominent competition: the Saleen S7 and the SSC Ultimate Aero .

Realistically speaking, the Ultimate Aero - and the Ultimate Aero II , for that matter - is a little out of the Falcon’s league, leaving the Saleen S7 as the car that the Falcon will most often be compared to.

Judging by the numbers, the two cars have roughly the same performance specs - the S7 also comes with a V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower - with both vehicles also having optional engine upgrades that pumps up the output to somewhere north of 640 horsepower.

Mach7 Motorsports Falcon
LOVE IT
  • ’Cheapest’ of all the American supercars
  • Aggressive styling without going overboard
  • 500 horsepower for a standard model
LEAVE IT
  • Even if it’s the ’cheapest’, it still comes with an estimated $200,000 tag
  • 15 models a year makes it a little harder to buy
  • Interior looks a little bare


6 comments:

Wow, it was the cheapest of all the American supercars. The style was sporty and well-organized. It has an aggressive look, but it doesn’t get over decorated. It was an standard model and yet it has the five hundred horse power.

It really looks so aggressive on its exterior styling and even the mileage on its front bumper only adds more appeal and angst on it. However, I don’t think that its engine output is not enough for this sports vehicle.

Only this car, looked the most aggressive headlights and exterior used. The front bumper really complements as bad and extreme ideal car.

Well, I like the fact it is the cheapest American super car. I wonder how the car can deliver a 500 HP using standard models. I think they reduced the weight of the car. Saleen will be its competition huh. I think it will be tough.

The first look I had at these images made me think it’s the new generation of the Subaru Impreza. specially, that images came with the official color of the
Impreza WRC.

The supercharger is designed to greatly improve the torque curve, maximum torque comes on from 2200rpm. The Falcon is designed as both a sports car and a family car, you could have 4 passengers and a boot (trunk) full of luggage, not to mention with a 2 tonne trailer, and have fun up steep hills - something the torque curve of the naturally aspirated car wouldn’t like so much...

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