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Saleen S5S Raptor Attacks Ferrari F430

The Saleen S5S Raptor looks like one serious supercar and if manufacturers like Ferrari don’t look out, they might fall prey to the Raptor. At the same time, I know that there is some major appeal to having a German or Italian supercar, and certain consumers will never blow that kind of money on a car that has such a strong connection to Ford.

Even so, the all-new Saleen S5S Raptor — which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show yesterday — is quite the sight to behold. It has much more aggressive lines than the Ford GT, offering a wide stance not unlike the Lamborghini Murcielago or the Ferrari F430. And it’s got plenty of grunt to back up that menacing look, generating a formidable 650 horsepower (at 6300rpm) and 630 lbs-ft of torque (at 4400rpm).

Inspired by the bird of the prey, the Raptor is powered by E85 gas, possibly making it a little more environmentally-friendly. The supercharged S5S is capable of doing the 0-60mph run in just 3.2 seconds before reaching a top speed in excess of 200 mph. A production version could hit dealerships in as little as two years with an estimated base price of $185,000.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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