Saleen S7 Turbo

In the old days, you'd be more likely to find an ex-child actor who'd never been in rehab than a new car with more than 500hp. By old days, we of course mean 2002, back when Saleen released its S7 mid-engine exotic. Sporting more than 500hp and a near-equal torque figure, it was considered the first US-built player in an exclusive horsepower club. But the Horsepower Wars of the Mid '00s placed those figures on the lower end of carmakers' expanding engine stables. As a famed Mustang tuner and race technologies firm, could Saleen afford to get left behind?

Of course not. For 2005, the company stuck a twin-turbo setup atop the S7's 7.0-liter all-aluiminum mill, and upped the figures to 750hp, with 700ft/lbs of torque. The upgrade, of course affected the car's performance, with the 2,950lb machine now turning in zero-to-60 times of under three seconds (2.8), with a top speed of 200 mph. A redesigned diffuser/rear spoiler package help keep the newly juiced model grounded at speed. At this rate, we figure 2000hp will be the norm by next decade.

Saleen S7 Turbo

Saleen S7 Turbo

Saleen S7 Turbo

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