Shelby Supercars hasn't had any trouble finding buyers for the company's Tuatara. According to Gulf News, the exotic drew a whopping 10 buyers at the Dubai International Motor Show. Global recession? What global recession? Each Tuatara comes with a sticker price of $1.3 million, and even Shelby Supercars didn't expect to find the sort of following that it did at the show. The brand largely decided to attend the event to raise awareness about its efforts in high-performance engineering, with founder Jerod Shelby saying his goal was merely to find a distributor for the region.

The Tautara wasn't the only hit at the Dubai International Motor Show, however. The Lamborghini Aventador drew in 14 new buyers, and Canada's De Macros GT1 enjoyed a fair bit of attention as well.

We can hardly blame Tuatara buyers for their enthusiasm. The coupe looks brilliant, and SSC promises the car will deliver 1,350 horsepower from its 6.6-liter V8. That much power should enable the Jason Castriota design to reach 200 mph in just 16 seconds and power on to a top speed of 275 mph.


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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Flash...12 Tuatara drivers crash in narcissistic cruise/parade when one of the drivers loses control while changing lanes...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shelby ****? BD
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see how they pull off these doors..... + it looks like a single seater.....could you really fir 2 people side by side in that?!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        It's a side-by-side cabin. Also, the doors will be opening butterfly style, much like the Ultimate Aero.
          lorenzo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I cant wait to see that! These doors look impossibly thick and the greenhouse impossibly narrow - maybe they are geniuses at packaging @ SSC. God help them on those doors though.....
      evannever
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like it would be really hard to get into or out of wearing a man-dress ...just sayin'
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer the Aztek or Crosstour. Thanks.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Umm. No. Even if an Aztek or Crosstour had 2000hp, went 300mph and got 50mpg, they are still miles uglier and less interesting than this
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          A. I can't believe someone actually responded to that B. This thing is HIDEOUS and C. 1000+hp, $1mil+ hypercars are becoming quite uninteresting.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is all because of Jason - he cranked out a wils assed design that looks like a spaceship and they are snapping it up because of that and the limited production. The performance is just a given. I hope Jason has a % of the sales for his work, prob does because SSC prob couldnt afford him anyway. Personally, I think the design is a little pimpish - no wonder it is doing well in Dubai, now they should just offer it with a gold package....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        What the hell are you talking about? "Different strokes"? "Pimp" and "ghetto" refer to a car that is sitting on 26" wheels with bunches of chrome all over the car. It has nothing to do with "personal preference".
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Pimpish? I don't see any chrome or giant 26" wheels...
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Can't afford him? What a stupid statement, he's not full time designer for SSC. Except for Saab, Castriota work has all been short run vehicles, right in the ballpark where SSC . When was the last time you heard of car designers receiving residuals?
          lorenzo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          nobody said he was a full time designer for SSC. "Castriota work has all been short run vehicles" - um, you mean like the: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Maserati GranTurismo? And all his work at Bertone was for short run vehicles? Yes, it is unheard of for an in-house car designer to get a % of the business, but independent designers of products, furniture, and even cars regularly ger a 3%-6% royalty, and can be much higher if their name has brand equity, which Jasons does. Which is why I am sure he cut a deal with some sort of royalty, I just wonder what it is......And yes, SSC cant afford to just pay him outright for a design, because I am sure they are spending all their $ on R&D of tech and also opperations.... expand your knowledge of the system my name calling friend.....
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        still curious if this spaceship design will "work" other than be great looking.
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        mchlrus1
        • 3 Years Ago
        dude V8! thats impressive, or were you just kidding because I found it hilarious.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          he was but let's first wait if this thing doesn't lift of the ground. i'm suspicious
      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      but could it annihilate the 0-60 times of the GT-R?
        Dennis Baskov
        • 3 Years Ago
        @over9000
        The car is a Veyron killer. Veyron super sport goes 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. Does that answer your question?!
        typhicane
        • 3 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Huh? Why would you compare it to the GT-R? Is the GT-R the quickest production car from 0-60? Why not just say "Veyron", seeing as how it is the quickest production car, not to mention the fact that this Tuatara is in the same league as the Veyron. (not competing with some car that costs 7% as much) And really, 0-60 mph is not a test of a car's power or staying power, i.e., long-term acceleration. Veyron: 0-60: 2.5 sec ; 0-160: 12 sec GT-R: 0-60: 2.7 sec ; 0-160: 22 sec See what I mean. So instead of wondering too much about its 0-60 time, you should be looking at 0-100, and more importantly, 0-150, 0-200, and 0-250.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @over9000
        With or without the GTR's transmission bits splayed across the pavement? It's a 1350hp super light RWD sportscar. It might have a horrible 0-30, might not. But once it hooks, bye bye puny GTR. In fact, bye bye fat Veyron above 100mph. If the 2013 GTR does 0-60 in 2.7 (requiring the skill of a five year old to do so)... is that really the only important metric nowadays?
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Really? Still going on about 2008 GT-R transmission that's actually engineered and built by BorgWarner of Michigan? Sigh~
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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is funny you don't see haters comments because these are american cars. If it was something else comments would be like "don't buy their oil, go electric" "Those bastards spending our money"
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