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SSC Tuatara

The Tuatara is Shelby Supercars' (SSC) second vehicle set to take on the Bugatti Veyron. The Ultimate Aero gave the Bugatti a run for its money, but the Tuatara - or the Ultimate Aero II as previously named by the media - will take to overtaking the Veyron where the Aero fell short. The Tuatara is powered by a 6.8L quad-cam, twin-turbo V8. The engine, like all the other mechanical parts, are all developed in-house by SSC themselves. The new powerplant shares a lot with the old 6.2 liter item – the block and its innards are the same design, so are the dimensions and location of its 10 radiators. Changes come in the form of a four-valves-per-cylinder overhead cam (OHC) setup as opposed to push rods and new SSC spec turbochargers. The new setup is good for a colossal 1350HP and will rev to 9000RPM! Zero to 62mph will arrive in around 2.8 seconds and SSC claims a top speed of 275mph!

2014 SSC Tuatara

2014 SSC Tuatara Exterior
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  • SSC Tuatara
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1350 @ 9000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1280
  • Displacement:
    6.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    276 mph (Est.)
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  • body style:

The upcoming SSC Tuatara is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from the Washington-based SSC North America team. SSC has built a name for itself via impressive top-speed-record runs with its existing model, the Diablo-esque SSC Ultimate Aero XT.

The Tuatara’s development continued this spring with engine and gearbox setups being refined since the concept car was revealed in late 2011. The new model builds a stunning exterior and interior atop the brute-force mechanical package from the Ultimate Aero XT. The latest news to emerge from the firm is a 250 pound-feet bump in engine torque following durability testing, and news of a 300 mph speedometer, feeding rumors of a top speed well above the 276 mph initially quoted.

The style and presence of the white concept Tuatara created quite a stir when shown at Pebble Beach in 2011. Designed by the talented-but-bizarre Jason Castriota of SAAB and Fiat fame, the Tuatara most closely resembles the 2006 Maserati Birdcage 75th concept car in its smooth flowing panels and deep, milky-white paint finish. Castriota also worked on the Birdcage, but was not the lead designer. He now runs an independent design consultancy called Castriota Design.

UPDATE 5/1/2013: SSC just completed testing the Tuatara on the dyno and released all of the results. A release date has been officially set too. See more after the jump

Please follow the jump to learn more about the SSC Tuatara ahead of its first customer deliveries in January 2014.

 

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