Shelby SuperCars (SSC) first showed off its forthcoming supercar, the Tuatara, last month in Shanghai, and now we've gotten our first look at the car here in Monterey. The Tuatara (pronounced twu‐tar‐ah), was unveiled earlier today on the concept car lawn at Pebble Beach.

Designed by Jason Castriota of Ferrari P4/5 fame, the Tuatara is SSC's second supercar. While the car you see here is a design model, the production version will feature a bespoke twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 producing 1,350 horsepower, a carbon fiber sub-frame chassis, and one-piece carbon fiber wheels. While the car seen here lacks a full interior and isn't a complete runner, the design has undeniable presence, with a futuristic yet organic look that is miles ahead of its predecessor, which looked far more kit-car than supercar. What's more, the engine is said to be an all-new creation, it won't be General Motors-based like its forebearer.

We caught up with company founder Jerod Shelby, who informed us he already has five pre-orders for the car, which will be built in Washington state. Shelby is hoping to build about 16 units per year, but the facility will have a capacity of 40 units should the demand be there. He estimates that deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2013, with each example going for "just in excess of one million dollars."

While the Tuatara's predecessor, the Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set a new 'production car' top speed record of nearly 256 mph in 2007 (since eclipsed by Bugatti), the ever-ambitious Shelby tells Autoblog he plans to take an example to the Nürburgring soon in hopes of setting the production car record.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 95 Comments
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      DC
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks like an alien spacecraft...in a good way. I HATE when car companies create futuristic concept cars and then put a Corolla on the street "inspired" by it. This looks like an awesome concept that you can actually own. Thumbs up from me.
      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's very nice but these designs don't stand the test of time. Hopefully it doesn't look ridiculously outdated in a few years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Oliver
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's pronounced TWO-A-TAR-AH as it looks, not how Autoblog keeps pronouncing it.
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oliver
        A New Zealand Lizard like creature, more closely related to something wandering around in the time of the Dinosaurs than Modern Lizards. Yes it is TWO-A -TARAH
        syphe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oliver
        I don't know why this is so hard for everyone, it's not Tutara!!
      300v
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is like powerful david against the heavy, overpriced, goliath, veyron!
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      "in truth lieth victory". Nice.
      Todd
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW, BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!
      JHOFF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who the **** cares. Ill stick with the Veyron SS. The stereo alone cost 30gs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Quite the most ignoran comment on here, alongside NissanGTR's comment.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Which M3? Because the E46 was beaten by the Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo and the Renaultsport Megane R26.R. Even if you're referring to the E90/92 M3, it isn't the pennacle of the automotive world. So please pick a different car. I sense a fanboy...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are an idiot. The previous Aero weighed barely over 2700lbs, or about as much as a Tesla Roadster with 600lbs of batteries supplying the E motor with about 1/5 the power of the Aero. So basically you are wrong in both ways because it is definitely lightweight (with good aero too), and is a better hypercar because it ISNT electric.
          Easy_Eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Caparo's ̶d̶a̶n̶g̶e̶r̶o̶u̶s̶ "exciting" T1 weighs 1000lbs.
          Mike B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Barely over 2700lbs but dry, curbweight was around 3000lbs, just a little correction.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
    • Load More Comments