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SSC Just Went Crazy With the Tuatara Striker and Tuatara Aggressor

The Aggressor delivers an outrageously legitimate 2,200 horsepower!

SSC Tuatara was in the news for being the world’s fastest production car. We’ll not get into the drama that unfolded regarding the record-setting run since the company has some other news for us. SSC has unveiled two iterations of the 1,750-horsepower Tuatara called the Striker and Aggressor. What’s special about them, you ask? More power in one and higher power-handling capabilities, especially downforce, in the other. Crazy, right?

What’s The Tuatara Striker All About?

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Courtesy of these components, the Tuatara Striker’s downforce in increased three times, providing approximately 1,100 pounds of downforce at 160 mph
On the Striker, SSC has managed to increase the downforce by three times, providing approximately 1,100 pounds of it at 160 mph.

This comes courtesy of several integrated aerodynamic features, like a high-downforce fixed-wing, active rear wing, vertical stabilizer, and an augmented diffuser at the rear. The front benefits from a large frontal splitter, and integrated frontal dive planes. These components along with the directional vaned side rockers balance the downforce to the tune of 45.4-percent and 54.6-percent at the front and back, respectively.

It is powered by the same 5.9-liter, twin-turbo flat-plane crankshaft V-8 engine that churns out 1,750 ponies. Power is sent to the wheels via a robotized seven-speed manual transmission. This gearbox is said to be capable of sub-100 millisecond shifting.

SSC Just Went Crazy With the Tuatara Striker and Tuatara Aggressor Exterior
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SSC will make 100 standard Tuataras, 100 Tuatara Strikers, and only 10 Tuatara Aggressors. There’s no word on the pricing, but it will be north of $2 million

There are some tweaks on the inside, too. You can opt for the exposed carbon fiber dash and can choose from a wide range of Alcantara configurations. No word on how much the SSC Tuatara Striker costs, but it will definitely be a lot more expensive than the standard Tuatara.

What’s Special About The Tuatara Aggressor?

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If the Striker was all about downforce, the Tuatara Aggressor is all about power. SSC says this model will be all about limitless customizations in terms of performance and aesthetics.

It features the same 5.9-liter V-8, but you can opt for the extra power boost that can take total output up to 2,200 horses!

Even the exhaust system’s notes can be tuned as per your needs.

This model can be had with various exterior styling packages and accessories. On the inside, you can opt for track-exclusive carbon dash and roll structure, and five-point race harnesses and racing seats. The Tuatara Aggressor, by the way, is being marketed as a track-only model.

Final Thoughts

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Other aerodynamic parts include a fixed rear wing, active rear wing, vertical stabilizer, and an augmented rear diffuser

The Tuatara and its iterations are limited-production models. SSC will make 100 standard Tuataras, 100 Tuatara Strikers, and only 10 Tuatara Aggressors. No word on the price yet, but the standard Tuatara itself costs around $1.9 million. Expect the other two to breach the two-million mark.

SSC Tuatara specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower: 1,750 horsepower
Torque: 1,341 pound-feet
0 to 60 MPH: 2.5 seconds
Top speed: 331 mph

Source: SSC North America

Sidd Dhimaan
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