America has a rich automotive history. It’s just a fact. While most would point to the golden era of muscle cars, the success of American performance vehicles was not limited between the ’60s and ’70s. Modern manufacturing continues to push performance possibilities further and further, and we’re all better for it. In addition to the increasing availability of aftermarket parts and specialized tuning specialists, America has seen some truly spectacular supercars.
No, not European imports, but all-American, proper US-born-n-bred supercars. The big, loud, rumbling V8 is fueled by the benefits of forced induction. Rear wheel creaks, billowing smoke, and exhaust noises make us all dream. The Ford GT and Saleen S7 are two fast Americans pushing the threshold of engineering and speed. And the fight between these two icons is sure to be fun!
Let’s pit the Saleen S7 against the Ford GT, see which is the superior American supercar.
Ford GT Reminds Us Why Blue Oval Is Famous
As one of the earliest giants on the American automotive manufacturing scene, it’s hardly surprising that Ford produces powerful supercars. Ford has a history of making amazing sports cars and the GT is the pinnacle for many. So what makes the GT so special?
However, before discussing it, it is important to note that Ford has produced the Ford GT several times. But to keep the comparisons fair, we’ll be comparing the 2005-2006 generation to keep it similar to the twin-turbocharged Saleen S7s produced from 2005 onwards.
For starters, the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 powertrain that powers the car is easily one of the Ford GT’s best features. This powerful engine produces 550 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque, sending every last bit of American muscle to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual transaxle, similar to the Saleen S7.
In terms of acceleration and top speed, the Ford GT can reach 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds and continues to rummage through the asphalt until the electronic limiter reaches 205 MPH. Again, similar to the Saleen S7, the Ford GT has a limited-slip differential to help with cornering, traction and controlling loss of traction. While this is a modern reinterpretation of the iconic GT40, it is far from old-fashioned, incorporating modern conveniences such as leather upholstery and a CD system.
The Seductive Saleen S7 Is Truly a Unique Supercar
Let’s take a look at this seductive Saleen and what it has to offer. First and foremost, power and performance, and in bucket loads. This sleek, shark-gilled supercar features a truly gigantic 7.0-Liter V8 engine handed down from Ford, which has the added benefit of two turbochargers from 2005 onwards. Since we’ll be covering the 2005 Ford GT onwards, let’s focus on the twin-turbocharged S7 next.
The twin-turbocharged 7.0-Liter V8 setup produces 750 HP and 700 lb-ft of torque leading to a 0-60 MPH launch in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 248 MPH. Power is sent to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual transmission which allows for a tactile and attractive drive. Not to mention the insane rear wheel power provides more than just the kind of fun straight-line acceleration. Hello, clutch kick.
The car also has a limited-slip differential to help maximize traction, cornering and control when you lose traction. None of this is surprising since Steve Saleen, the creator of this incredible vehicle, has a long history of high-performance cars, both professionally and personally.
Saleen has put a lot of time and effort into making the S7 a crazy supercar to drive, whether on the highway or on the track. The S7 also has luxury features such as leather bucket seats, reverse camera, and temperature control. While these features aren’t that impressive at the moment, bear in mind that these cars first debuted in 2000.
Ford GT Vs Saleen S7: Pedigree Racing Vs Brave Modern Technology
So who is the king of all-American supercars? Admittedly, there are a variety of factors to consider in deciding between two cars and while most of us are constrained by factors like fuel consumption, especially with the recent rise in fuel prices, it’s not a major consideration for anyone looking at a supercar. So let’s talk about what matters: power and performance.
Specs-wise, the Saleen S7 has clear advantages in power, torque, acceleration and top speed and can confidently be crowned king in this penalty shootout. Not to mention, the potential rarity and more unique status also make this car a very good investment. But if you’re not convinced yet, just search for some videos of the glorious exhaust note and the choice will be made for you.
Source: Saleen, Ford