A True Exotic Hypercar: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo


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There are certain cars that boggle the mind. When you see one, you know it. True supercars are a rare sighting when spotted. Well, imagine our surprise when we came across one of the rarest supercars right in the middle of a high-end shopping mall! How often does THAT happen?

Enter this rare and special 2003 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. When we saw this gleaming red beauty, it stopped us in our tracks. One of only 50 ever produced, this car has been owned by Steve Saleen himself (American businessman, former racing driver, and founder of Saleen, Inc.). We were fortunate to meet the current owner of this car, Chris Berry, owner of Black Wolf Automotive Specialties. He gave us a quick rundown of the car’s provenance and its unique history. Mr. Berry purchased this car directly from Steve Saleen himself. This is a special Saleen S7, and according to Mr. Berry, this was Steve Saleen’s own personal car that was used in the research and development of the twin-turbocharged versions of the S7 that were eventually produced from 2005-2009 (the earlier S7s produced from 2000-2004 were naturally-aspirated Ford 427 big block V8s making 550 hp).

Remember, this red gem is a 2003 model that was developed before the 2005 Twin Turbo versions came into production. The body is made entirely of carbon fiber and the chassis is a composite, lightweight aluminum/steel space-frame – this results in a curb weight of only 2,950 pounds. This mid-engine, 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, twin-turbo supercar utilizes 2 Garrett turbochargers making 5.5 psi of boost, upping the power to a whopping 750 hp and 700 lb-feet of ripping torque! The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo sprints from 0-60 mph in a scant 2.8 seconds, rips through the 1/4 mile in 10.5 seconds, and accelerates into the stratosphere at a top speed of 248 mph! Did we mention this car is fast?

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This car looks fast just standing still. We think you’ll agree… :)

We’d like to thank Mr. Berry for taking the time to tell us more about this rare and unique exotic supercar. The car is currently listed for sale…when brand-new, the original MSRP of the S7 Twin Turbo was $585,000, but due to the ultra-rarity of these cars, Mr. Berry stated they were being sold at a premium of around $750,000 at the time. This particular red example of automotive art can be yours for around $400,000, a relative bargain considering the provenance/history of this car. If you are looking for an ultra-rare supercar (made in America, no less) that will outrun even the latest Italian exotics, this is the car for you. (Hint: For all the ***cough***plastic surgeons***cough*** out there!) :P


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