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The S1 is the first car in a full line-up of Porsche-rivaling models, Saleen promises.
Saleen will travel to the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce a two-seater sports car named S1.
The model is aimed largely at the Chinese market, though it will also be offered in the United States. It takes the form of a two-door coupe powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that makes 450 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder's origins weren't revealed, but it could be an evolution of the EcoBoost four-cylinder found under the hood of the Focus RS and the entry-level Mustang.

"The gasoline version will come first, after its launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December. Then the electric version will follow in 2018," said Charles Wang, the chairman and CEO of Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Co., in an interview with China Daily.

Amateur spy shots published on AutoHome give us an early look at the model. It's relatively compact coupe with proportions reminiscent of the Porsche 718 Cayman. It's hardly an example of craftsmanship; the panel gaps out back look as straight as the Colorado River. We could be looking at a pre-production prototype, so we'll give Saleen the benefit of the doubt until the start of the Los Angeles show.

Saleen will manufacture the S1 in a factory that's currently under construction in Rugao, a city located north of Shanghai. The company is investing 17.8 billion yuan (about $2.68 billion) into the facility. Construction work will end in June of next year, and the plant will have an annual capacity of about 150,000 cars. Clearly, it plans on making more than low-volume sports cars.

Pricing for the S1 hasn't been revealed yet. Saleen promises to adopt an unprecedented distribution model; it's "neither through traditional 4S dealerships, nor like Tesla's direct sales," according to Wang. More details will emerge in the coming months.

What's next?

Through its Chinese joint venture, Saleen wants to morph into a full-fledged automaker capable of rivaling the biggest names in the industry. The brand has Porsche and Maserati in its crosshair.

"For example, Porsche will elaborate on its GT and 918 models, but what brings good sales are popular models like the Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera. We will take a similar path and produce all sorts of passenger cars including sedans, SUVs, and crossovers," Wang affirmed.

He added Saleen may need to find a partner with which to develop inexpensive electric vehicles for the masses in order to secure a car-building license from Chinese authorities. The model will rely on Saleen's technology, but they won't join the company's line-up of performance-oriented models.



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Looks like a cayman
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Hopefully it's not the Ford engine... I've heard the RS is popping headgaskets. Pushing another 100 hp out of the little thing might not end very well.
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Saleen Teases All-New Car Ahead Of LA Auto Show Unveiling




During this year's LA Auto Show, Saleen Automotive CEO, Steve Saleen will be showing off his company's latest project, dubbed the Saleen 1, or S1 for short.

The S1, which actually surfaced in China two weeks ago, has been designed and engineered entirely by Stave Saleen and his team in California, and manufacturing for the car is said to begin immediately.

LA Auto Show visitors looking to see the vehicle in person should head down to the West Hall Atrium on Thursday, November 30, at 10:30 AM, otherwise, stay tuned here and we'll bring you the latest on the car, as more details are expected to surface in a few days time.

Plans to build the Saleen 1 began when JSAT (Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group), purchased the "tooling and remnants" of the Artega GT, a mid-engined RWD sports car produced in Germany between 2009 and 2012. Instead of modernizing the Artega GT, Steve Saleen decided to build an entirely new vehicle from scratch.

While all Saleen 1 vehicles will be build initially in North America, the JSAT factory in Rugao, China will eventually oversee production for an entirely new line of Saleen vehicles, including the S1.

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Saleen 1 revealed | Compact, surprisingly restrained sports car features unique turbo engine

It's the result of Steve Saleen plus Chinese capital.













































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The Saleen 1 revealed at the L.A. Auto Show is a compact, elegant mid-engine sports car that looks surprisingly finished coming from such a low-volume manufacturer. The car on display is clearly a prototype, but we were surprised at just how good it looks in person slathered in a dynamic orange paint. Even its leather-swathed interior didn't have the usual glued-together toy-like appearance expected of cars like this.

Details are a bit scarce about the Saleen 1, but here are the basics. It's roughly the size of the Porsche 718 Cayman and weighs in at 2,685 pounds. Its construction features an aluminum tub and carbon fiber body. Its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is apparently a ground-up Saleen creation, boasting 450 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual will be standard and a "paddle shifted automatic" with an unknown number of gears and clutches is optional. Saleen says it'll go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

That's pretty much all we know, though.

As for where the Saleen 1 comes from, it is the result of famed performance car maker and tuner Steve Saleen pairing with a Chinese corporation known as Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Group. It'll provide the capital for the car and will handle its production in China.

Originally, JSATG purchased the Artega GT to be adapted for Saleen's use, but apparently "updating it was not feasible" so the Saleen 1 was instead designed from scratch. The dimensions are indeed different as are the front and rear fascias (they do look considerably better than the Henrik Fisker-designed Artega GT), but it's hard not to see the visual similarities between the two cars.

Like any such low-volume sports car, all claims and even its eventual existence have to be taken with a grain of salt. But the Saleen 1 at least looks pretty good, so consider us intrigued.

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Looks like a cayman
Well it is made in 'steal patents and copy everyone' China, so that's not surprising.

Doesn't look too bad though. A compact 450hp sports car is something that the market needs. Kind of like a souped up BRZ or something.

Really doubt Saleen is going to go anywhere fast with Chinese manufacturing though.
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