Shelby Super Cars surprised everyone when its Utlimate Aero managed to show the Bugatti Veyron a thing or two. This without the massive development budget that Volkswagen put in to developing the Veyron, mind you. But if its first shot was impressive, its follow-up should prove even more so.

Following a long line of unpronounceable supercar names, the Tuatara will drive well past its predecessor's rather derivative styling with a new shape penned by celebrated automotive designer Jason Castriota. Names and designs are all well and fine, but a car like this needs to be able to perform. And SSC promises it will.

With 1,350 horsepower on tap from its 6.8-liter V8, the Tuatara is tipped to hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 275 miles per hour. To get there, SSC has been working diligently with Aero-based prototypes. The independent exotic automaker is currently testing a new seven-speed transmission for the Tuatara, and found it can rocket from 0 to 200 mph in under 16 seconds.

That's blisteringly fast: for comparison's sake, consider that the current record-holder, the Koenigsegg Agera R, ran the same gauntlet in 17.68 seconds. Check out the video clip after the jump.



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      Fonin
      • 3 Years Ago
      or consider a b16 honda civic that goes the quarter in about 16 seconds at about 90 mph. 0-200mph in 16 seconds is mind numbing!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're calling it a WHAT-ara?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        Too-ah-tah-ra Not that hard...
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Giving the car a lot of power isn't as difficult...I feel making it so stable and comfortable at its top speed, along with the ease of driving it daily, is something only the Germans can do. This car may even reach it's ridiculous claimed speed, but I wouldn't be surprised if it sounds buzzy and rattly like a kit car. I would still much rather have the Veyron.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is ugly, and so is Jasons new thing for SSC as welll - just a bag of tricks with no real unified concept
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't require extreme engineering to make a quality car. If that were the case, then Corvettes and Mustangs wouldn't be showing Eurotrash their tail lights on road courses with their archaic pushrod engines and live axle rears. The Veyron is more an engineering exercise than it is a car, with that point driven home by the ridiculous operating costs. Build a light weight car with exceptional high speed aerodynamics and stability, and put in a LOT of power. That is how you go fast, without having $100k/year in maintenance costs to drive a couple thousand miles.
        Georgie Porgie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I'd like to think I can enjoy any auto from anywhere on the planet, as long as it is built for the purpose of enjoying the driving experience. Don't care if its from Korea, Japan, or North America. Brand patriotism is void these days with global manufactoring. My eurotrash was built in the Carolinas. While probably 75% of the parts in your Mustang probably come from overseas. Grow up, or choke on your chewing tobacco, hillbilly.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        1.) Corvette hasn't had a live axle since 1963 2.) Mustang hasn't had a pushrod engine since 1995 (at least v8's) And there are few European sports cars that a Mustang could actually outrun.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
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        captnclintock
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        The corvette lost its live axle in the 60s.
          captnclintock
          • 3 Years Ago
          @captnclintock
          Also, Mustangs don't have pushrod engines anymore. Do your research.
      Jon Norman
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I had a choice between this and a Veyron, I'D TAKE THE VEYRON.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        You don't have a choice of either. Go to your Camry and shush.
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          Since you're driving a Camry maybe you should get: Hookers and Blow!
        benzaholic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        If I had a choice between this and a Veyron, I'd take the Veyron, sell it, pick up something from AMG's Black line, then spend the rest on: Hookers and Blow, Baby!
          Fonin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @benzaholic
          up vote for hookers and blow
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        You'd also be taking scheduled maintenance trips to the dealer to the tune I'd $300k a year, over the course of a typical 5 year ownership, you would have purchased another Veyron without knowing it. I know at that price point money is no object, but honestly owning a Bugatti sounds like babysitting, also the Veyron looks pedestrian in comparison to the Tuatara concept , which brings supercar design to a new level of cool IMO.
          Michelle
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          Can you supply data of 300k yearly maintance?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Vipercookie
      • 3 Years Ago
      How completely unnecessary is that music?
      b33g33
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummm ... that looks like the Aero. http://www.shelbysupercars.com/tuatara.php
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @b33g33
        Well done sir! "SSC has been working diligently with Aero-based prototypes."
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @b33g33
        Read the title... It's a prototype, AKA a mule.
        S Brake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @b33g33
        "To get there, SSC has been working diligently with Aero-based prototypes." SSC Aero with Tuatara running gear.
        Nicholas Fitzpatrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @b33g33
        I KNEW some dumbass would say "that looks like an Aero". It's a PROTOTYPE, a powertrain mule.
      Carfolio.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      "ran the same gauntlet"? Perhaps you should look up what running the gauntlet means....
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