Shelby Supercars has announced the name of its forthcoming, mysterious new supercar: Tuatara. Pronounced twu‐tar‐ah, the name apparently stems from a reptile native to New Zealand. The creature has spikes on its back, which SSC says resemble the winglets on the supercar.
The supercar now known as Tuatarafollows up on the Aero SSC and will reportedly offer even more performance than that car. The SSC Ultimate Aero had a twin-turbocharged 6.4-liter V-8 engine producing 1287 hp, enough to propel the car to 256 mph.
The Tuatara will use a carbon-fiber chassis with aluminum suspension components. Amazingly, even the wheels are said to be made from carbon fiber. SSC says a twin-turbocharged, 7.0-liter V-8 engine will produce about 1350 hp, with a seven-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels. SSC won’t disclose any performance goals for the car, saying only that the Tuatara “ups the ante on ALL levels.”
Rumors suggest the Tuatara’s performance will best even the 267-mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It is said to cost between $800,000 and $900,000, with just 12 copies to be produced. “SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and sheer all‐around performance,” said CEO Jerod Shelby.
Here’s hoping the car flies down the strip better than its name rolls off the tongue…
Source: Shelby Supercars