• Oct 4th 2006 at 7:32PM
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Tucked away in a corner of the OC Auto Show Underground, where tuners come out to play, we found an SSC Aero. Sitting amidst a Novitec Ferrari F430, a Superformance LeMans Coupe, a Mosler that still had Bullrun stickers on it, the SSC nonetheless managed to stand out. The car is still a bit of an enigma, but promises to be one of the world's fastest cars once it gets into the hands of testers. We volunteered to probe the claimed top speed of 260 mph, but were politely denied. Click the read link to find out more about the car from our friends at Fast-Autos.net who saw three of the SSCs up in Monterey last year.

This is another one of those worlds'-fastest-car contenders that has yet to prove its claims, but on paper it should be up to the challenge. With a Corvette-based 6.2 liter, turbocharged V-8 producing over 1,000 hp, 250 sounds like a breeze. The curb weight is about the same as the Koenigsegg CCX at 2,640 pounds, so the extra 200 hp should make it a bit quicker too. Hopefully SSC will invite us out to track test it like the Swedes did.

(more photos after the jump)

[Source: Fast-Autos.net]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      you're all whacked.
      there is no way anyone who knows about body kits would think this looks like a kit.
      there are no seems/lines, look at that damn door jam ....never saw a kit's look that solid
      this car is stunning, you're not a fan of gold and black, understood. (ok the gold could be golder) but man if your puking that color go to the doctor.
      any one who says they would NOT test drive this car is simply on this blog to make crappy comments no matter what car Autoblog posts.
      THE CAR:
      -would have been nice to see the front end.
      -visability out the back must be tough but so what, I'd never look back.
      -not a fan of white speedo
      not the most unique-est design but like the man said.
      you'd all be ooogling the car if it was in the lot next to you, and telling the driver how cool it is.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why do supercars always have unconventional doors? Just to be different I guess. I have no problem getting in and out of my car every day with ordinary doors. At least the Koenigsegg did something that's never been done, these SSC doors look the same as the Enzo and McLaren F1. Highly regarded vehicles to be sure, but nothing new. I was very happy when I heard that the Gallardo would have traditional doors.

      As for the interior, it's definitely not befitting of a car with such a pricetag. The gauge cluster looks the same as the Koenigsegg's. The dash is very plain.

      I'd also like to know the coefficient of drag. It looks sleek, but there's no way to guess how well the underbody was designed. Does it produce enough downforce to remain stable at 240+? The Koenigseggs apparently had this problem without the rear spoiler.
      • 9 Years Ago
      menice - if you'd paid attention, you'd have noticed that i addressed the post to two people... not just you. the portion i attributed to you was contained within quotes.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "kit car" "yawn" "puke color"

      How jaded has the Autoblog nation become?
      • 9 Years Ago
      gkz: never called you a hater. guess your comprehension blows also.

      anyone can have an opinion, just don't diagree with me.
      and hell's yea, i'd take a lotus over this or a noble.
      but the comments shredding this car, and almost every other car on the blog irritated me.
      sorry if i fly off.
      just cant believe they post a car like this and the reactions are
      "puke color"
      "1000 hp and lightweight.why?"
      ???????? wtf people.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ill take a Nobel M400, Lotus Exige S, or Ariel Atom over this big brute. HP is only so much fun, I would rather have a very spirited car that accelerates well, handles superbly and can spank the pants off this bad boy in the slalom anyday.

      I mean, 260mph sounds cool and the car doesnt look half bad but for 650K I could have all three of the above, a garage to house them and a new house! Plus 260 is not going to be attained on any roads around me so I would rather have a car than can take the turns better...what is the saying...ah yes "power is nothing without control" (pirelli maybe?)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ahhhh, all the haters come out of the woodwork. Because the vast majority of us will never own, drive, or even see one of these supercars I guess that's the green light to start whining and complaining. Looks like a pretty damn nice car to me.

      It would be nice if I could design and build my own supercar, but then I'd have to put up with the people driving beat-up Jettas telling me how much better the Enzo and Koenigsegg is.
      • 9 Years Ago
      robert - how would you describe this color?

      ocnj179 - this would absolutely get my attention at a light. however, i think you're confusing "eye-catching" or "stunning" with beauty.

      so no, i don't think it's nice looking, not does it appear to be especially well finished; but of course i would take one. i may be picky and slightly cynical, but i'm not stupid.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't believe I'm commenting on this stupid website.

      There are several reasons people are right find this car "boring" or "stupid." It's an untested, unproven upstart car built out of fiberglass and bold claims that they're trying to sell it for $650,000. That alone raises eye-brows.

      But the idea an untested, unproven upstart chassis going 250 mph is completely ...stupid. Would you fly in a jet that was built by a guy in his garage? No. Then why would anyone want to go near 250mph in a car built in the same circumstances?

      This is just another in a long line of "supercars" that are just reworked Ford/Chevy V8s with a body built around them. There have been a number of American tuners that have gotten 900 or 1,000hp out of small-block Chevys and Five-Point-Ohs. I know this because I've seen enough Super Chevy and Muscle Mustang and Fast Ford covers over the years. Just because they've put this particular tuned American crate-V8 into a lightweight, garage-made Lamborghini Diablo-kitcar body does not mean it merits any respect from me or any other auto enthusiast.

      Being "jaded" and remembering Vector are two different things.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I’ve seen the SSC Aero parked next to an Enzo and believe me, parked next to a Ferrari, Porsche, etc; this looks like a kit car. In person the body panels don’t look like shapely metal but rounded soft plastic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Super lightweight and 1000HP, when will this end.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Awesome car, but 650k seems to be pushing it.. The car to me just seems like a kit car
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