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Production of the ultra-powerful, ultra-fast SSC Ultimate Aero is coming to an end, and the boys over at SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars) are sending it off in style. Dubbed "Ultimate Aero XT," this is the final production run of the one-time world-record-holding hypercar, only five will be built, and will feature many key elements from the forthcoming Tuatara hypercar from SSC.

For starters, and perhaps most importantly, it gets the twin-turbocharged, dual-intercooled aluminum block V8 from its awkwardly named successor. With 6.9 liters of displacement (up from 6.35-liters in the standard Aero), and the aforementioned forced induction, SSC says the XT puts out a stupefying 1,300 horsepower. Other kit ported over from the Tuatara includes a paddle shift-operated seven-speed gearbox, cooling system, fuel system and brakes.

As if the XT wasn't already exclusive enough, the personalized paint schemes chosen by the five lucky XT customers will never be used again by SSC. Says SSC founder and CEO, Jerod Shelby, "It will certainly stand apart from any other Ultimate Aero in the market today."

The XT has a 44/56 front-to-rear weight distribution, and runs on 19x9.5-inch alloy wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber. Other comforts include a cab-controlled front air-lift for speed bumps and the like, a backup camera and navigation system.

Pricing has yet to be released.

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SSC Announces Limited Production of Five Ultimate Aero XT's

WEST RICHLAND, WA (08/02/2012)

SSC North America, the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the Guinness World Record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to offer a very "Limited Edition" of the Ultimate Aero to enthusiasts worldwide. This limited, extreme edition will utilize some key assemblies that will be featured in the upcoming revolutionary Tuatara.

"The demand for us to deliver additional Ultimate Aero's has been overwhelming," says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC. "We have just raised the bar again by adding some of the cutting-edge elements from our Tuatara, to this very small production run of Ultimate Aero XT's."

These five very unique, collectable Ultimate Aeros will be classified as the 2013 Ultimate Aero XT. Each 2013 Ultimate Aero XT will feature a 1300 horsepower version of the Tuatara power plant, 7-speed Tuatara paddle shift and the Tuatara cooling, fuel and braking systems.

The aggressive paint scheme with colors chosen by the customer will never be used again on an Ultimate Aero or Tuatara. It certainly will stand apart from any other Ultimate Aero in the market today.

After the 5 limited edition Ultimate Aero XT's are sold, production of the Ultimate Aero will permanently conclude.