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Saleen unveiled today at the New York Auto Show the S5S Raptor Concept. According to the company the S5S Raptor could enter the market in as little as two years, and should it go forward, it would carry a base price of approximately $185,000.

Saleen S5S Raptor

The Raptor is a two seat mid-engine super car that competes in size and style with core offerings from the most notable of Italian exotic car makes, but with a segment leading 650hp and 630 lb-ft of torque provided by a Saleen 5.0L Supercharged Engine - the source of the S5S designation. Unlike its competitors, the Raptor is designed to digest cellulosic ethanol. This is the same ethanol formula, states Wilbur, that is the official fuel of the 2008 American Le Mans Race Series and the IRL.

Saleen S5S Raptor

The Raptor’s hand-built 5.0L cubic inch engine with its patented twin-screw supercharger delivers its 650 horses at 6300 rpm and hits max torque at just 4400 RPM. This power sits on call beneath the knob of a close ratio 6-speed manual, or optional paddle shifting sequential gearbox. It’s a combination that send Raptor’s rigid aluminum chassis screaming to a top speed of over 200 mph.

Saleen unveiled at the New York Auto Show the Gurney Signature Edition Mustang, a model created in cooperation with American automotive legend Dan Gurney. The special edition will be limited to 300 units.

Saleen Gurney Signature Edition Mustang

The Gurney Signature Edition Mustang will feature Saleen’s 465 Hp supercharged 281 cubic inch engine, short throw shifter, and 3.73 Max Grip rear axle. In addition, the vehicles will have custom two-tone seats that feature either blue or red AlcantaraTM inserts designed to keep your rear end planted firmly behind the wheel. The legendary Gurney Eagle logo is featured on the steering wheel and several other places around the car.

Saleen Gurney Signature Edition Mustang

The exterior reflects the look of Dan’s 1969 Trans Am series Mustang, masterfully recreated in a fashion that honors history but looks aggressively towards the future. The heritage styled Gurney Edition body kit, ’duck bill’ rear spoiler and ’stinger’ style hood all come together in harmony with the carefully placed graphics and die cut Gurney Eagle insignia.

The Saleen S5S Raptor Concept won’t make its official debut until tomorrow, but here are a few more details and images about it. The S5S Raptor will go into production by 2010 and pricing will start from $185,000.

The Saleen S5S Raptor will be powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter engine that delivers 650 hp and 630 lbs-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox; it can run on E85 ethanol and is capable of jetting from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

Source: Inside Line
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Sallen will unveil at the New York International Auto Show the S5S Raptor, a concept that uses an aluminum chassis and composite body panels for weight savings.

The S5S Raptor is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that burns E85 ethanol. Saleen estimates a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

Stay tuned, more details will follow!

Source: Autoweek
Saleen considering new mid-engine performance car

Saleen is celebrating 25 years of building custom Ford Mustangs and Blue Oval hot rods. To celebrate the company released the most powerful pony car ever: the Sterling Edition S302E. WardsAuto reports that Saleen is having even bigger plans for the future. One will be an entry in the American Le Mans Series to compete with General Motors Corp.’s Corvette Racing C6.R GT1 squad. But the most important plan is a more conventional – and less expensive – mid-engine performance car to elevate the status of the brand.

The company wants to keep the future supercar in the $150,000 to $200,000 range and, as Paul Wilbur, Saleen Saleen president and CEO says "to a nearby Ford GT and noting the new car would abandon the S7’s composite construction for a more conventional aluminum-bodied layout."

Also Saleen says they are not worried about the new CAFE regulation and that they are "ready to embrace green technology", but the company doe not have enough resources for research and development.

Of interest are potential electric and diesel powertrains, both of which naturally produce large amounts of low-end torque and can be tuned for high-performance with modern technology.

Source: WardsAuto

Saleen revealed the limited edition Patriot Mustang, a tribute to the military servicemen and women who defend the country at home and abroad. They repesent the true pride and strength of America and as America’s premiere niche vehicle manufacturer, Saleen wants to salute them. So, as a way to say welcome home to our troops Saleen will build 24 special edition S281 Supercharged cars in Red, White and Blue (8 vehicles per color).

Saleen Automotive, North America’s premiere specialty vehicle manufacturer announces its very aggressive 2008 MY product line up. The "Extreme", along with 6 other models in Saleen’s 2008 model line up, made its world debut on the runways of the retired El Toro Airport in Southern California.

Saleen Automotive took the wraps off of its 2008 MY product during an exclusive press event held on the runway of the retired the El Toro Marine base. The new product launch is designed to show the world why Saleen is and will continue to be America’s premiere niche vehicle manufacturer.

The S281 RF will offer a tremendous value by blending performance with distinct styling all at $49,995 MSRP (including destination). Limited to 100 units the RF features exclusive red accents, Saleen’s patented 465 HP twin-screw supercharger, and other Saleen performance parts. The S281 RF will only be available in two colors, black and alloy.


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