The new coupe will be produced at Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group (JSAT) in China. The distribution will take place via 100 new showrooms opened in the US and Europe. On the Chinese market the model is of particular importance. That’s also the market where the highest sales are expected.
The Saleen S1 design seems to be an evolution of the German Paragon Artega GT, which has not been successful on the market, but the manufacturer says the new coupe has been built from scratch. The interior was designed in a minimalist manner. The car received a digital dashboard and the center console is dominated by the multimedia touch screen.
Under the hood, the new coupe has a gasoline engine, displacing 2.5 liters and capable of developing 457 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque. The torque is transmitted to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual gearbox. A version with an automatic gearbox is also expected in the future. With a weight of just 1,218 kg, the Saleen S1 reaches 96 km/h (60 mph) in 3.5 seconds and the maximum speed is limited to 290 km/h.
Those who wish to own the new S1 will have to pay a deposit of 1,000 US dollars out of the total price of 100,000 dollars.
The first models will be delivered to customers by the summer of 2018. The manufacturer wants to sell about 5,000 Saleen S1 per year.