The SSC Tuatara hypercar is a sleek and scary supercar that looks out of this world.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is a Tuatara?” Well, the name is from a lizard found in New Zealand that is said to be the fastest evolving creature on the planet. That nerdy distinction makes it a pretty famous reptile among automotive engineers, so SSC North America decided to name their second hypercar after the humble creature.
SSC’s first car was the Ultimate Aero produced from 2006 to 2015. It was powered by a 6.35-L turbocharged V8 engine that was briefly the fastest production car on Earth thanks to 1,287 horsepower. That title went to the Bugatti Veyron in 2010, but it earned SSC a notable reputation for producing an excellent car.
After the Aero finished up, they got to work making their second hypercar with the express purposes of regaining the title of world’s fastest car.
The SSC Tuatara was revealed to the world in production form last August and is said to be capable of hitting a top speed in excess of 300 mph. Power comes from a 5.9-L twin-turbo V8 producing up to 1,750 hp and 1,280 lb-ft of torque with the right fuel (E85, in case you were wondering). Power is routed through a 7-speed single-clutch to the rear wheels, and thanks to a carbon fiber chassis, body, and interior, total dry weight is just 2,750 lbs.
What we see in this walkaround video posted on WVM3DreamDrives is the second pre-production Tuatara ever made, which means the car might not have the same refinements as found on the final production version. That said, it still looks like an incredible car, and the leather and carbon fiber interior is a sight to behold.
SSC plans to make 100 Tuataras at their factory in West Richland, Washington. The last reported sticker price was $1.3 million each, but that was back in 2011 so expect inflation to have spiked that number just a touch.