The Saleen S7 is, by every stretch of the imagination, ridiculous. Its massive, intake-covered body looks unlike anything else on the road, and it's powered by an equally massive engine. By the end of its production life in the late 2000s, the S7 boasted a 7-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that pumped out 750 horsepower and 700 lb ft. That's a lot, even by today's standards, and was enough to catapult the car from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds on the way to a top speed in excess of 240 miles per hour. It was an incredibly excessive, incredibly American take on the mid-engined supercar, and that is reason enough to cement its place in history. However, history is not the only place in which the S7 lives, as the monster of a car is being reintroduced to the market.
Saleen's racing team, back in the 1990s, won racing championships in seven consecutive seasons. In celebration of that mighty accomplishment, Saleen has decided to produce 7 more S7's, one for each championship. The new, limited run cars will reportedly be called the S7 “LM,” and they’re bound to be absolutely bonkers. No official figures have been announced yet, but it’s rumored that the LM will be capable of around 1,000 horsepower. That’s a 33% hike over the already-terrifying S7, which should lead to some incredible stats. 0-60 in under 3 seconds and a quarter mile time in the 10’s seem likely, as does a top speed of around 250 miles per hour. It is also rumored that the S7 LM will feature exposed carbon bodywork, which would help to differentiate the model from earlier iterations.
Very much of what we know about the S7 LM is speculation at this point, but that just makes me more excited for the official public reveal. Seeing an established American carmaker taking a crack at the modern hypercar arena is more than enough to keep our attention at OSL. For more on the S7, as well as anything else that’s fast, loud, and in the news, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.