• The SSC Tuatara Just Proved It Can Beat the Competition

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Even since its official launch in 2020 the SSC Tuatara has seen a lot of controversy. First of all, it was said to have hit 331 mph, becoming the world’s fastest supercar, then the record was said to be illegitimate because of some weird inaccuracies, and the Tuatara lost the title. After a few more attempts, the Tuatara finally became the world’s most powerful supercar, but not with 330 mph. Instead, it managed to hit a top speed of 295 mph in the presence of the right people - and the record was made official. But what about its power? Does the Tuatara actually deliver as much as SSC claims?

The SSC Tuatara is powered by a 5.9-liter V-8 engine with a flat-plane crank configuration. It delivers a total of 1,350 horsepower on 91-octane gasoline, the V-8 cranks out a massive 1,750 horses when fed E85 flex fuel. However, in a recent video posted by SSC itself on its Instagram account, the company contradicts itself. According to the dyno results, the V-8 engine delivers a total of 1,890 horsepower - or 140 horsepower more than the company itself claims. As a note, SSC did not reveal what type of fuel the engine was using during the dyno test.

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If these numbers are accurate, it means the Tuatara is even more powerful than the competition. For example, the Bugatti Chiron delivers a total of 1,578 horsepower, while the Hennessey Venom F5 comes with 1,600 horses on tap. The Koenigsegg Jesko on the other hand pushes 1,281 horsepower on regular gasoline and 1,603 horsepower with E85. Also, with the 1,750 horsepower under the hood, the Tuatara was said to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds - on par with all its competition. But will the extra 140 horsepower improve these numbers?

At launch SSC promised the Tuatara will be able to hit a top speed of about 330 mph, but, after a few attempts it had to settle with 295 mph. At least for now, as we are sure more attempts are coming. On another note, if a simple dyno test reveals that the Tuatara is capable of delivering around 1,890 horsepower can you imagine the amount of power this supercar will be capable of delivering with the right tuning options?

SSC will only build a total of 100 Tuatara units, each fetching at least $2 million before options. The first unit has already been delivered to its owner.

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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