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Mach 7 Falcon; The Latest American-Made Supercar

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On: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mach 7 Falcon; The Latest American-Made Supercar

The U S of A is really set to take a bigger role in the supercar market. Once relegated to small, European automakers, companies like Shelby Supercars and TranStar Racing have given  Americans supercars all their own. The latest company to debut a car of super proporsions is Holly, Michigan-based Mach7 Motorsports. In a rather small, un-buzzy appearance, the company debuted the 640-hp, 15-model Falcon at the Detroit Motor Show last month.

Still in rough prototype form, the Falcon is equipped with an LS3 V8 engine in base trim. That engine puts out 500 horses, but to really get your juices flowing, Mach7 also plans to offer the falcon with the 640-hp LS9 V8 from the Corvette ZR1. Those engines will work inside a lightweight car with an aluminum hydro-formed chassis with a carbon fiber monocoque. Curb weight is around 2,850 lbs.

Outside of those limited details, it appears that Mach7 still has a lot of work to do, as they didn't reveal much else about the car. The final design is still in the works, but the company is already taking orders.

Though it appeared to be pretty rough at Detroit, Mach7 plans to get production ramped up later this year. The initial build will be limited to just 15 examples, and two of those are reportedly scooped up. A husband and wife (friends of Mach7 CEO maybe?) have reportedly reserved his and her versions of the new supercar.

Mach7 hasn't finalized any performance specs, but word is the performance will be comparable to the Dodge Viper, a car that Mach7 specialized in tuning. The 600-hp Viper hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and topped out around 200 mph. However, with 40 extra horses on tap in its top trim and 600 lbs. of fat trimmed from its body, I'd expect the Falcon to earn its "supercar" designation with super-Viper numbers.

So far, the Falcon isn't the prettiest supercar out there, but those monstrous hood scoops and prominent, center-mounted exhaust tips just yell raw, unapologizing power. A little bit Ferrari in back, a little bit Viper and Chevy Camaro up front, a little bit ugly all around--hopefully Mach7 can fine-tune it in the looks department and create something that we'll be proud (or at least not embarrassed) to call American.

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Johnny V | 8:23AM (Sat, Feb 5, 2011)


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