Thursday, Jul 4 12:53pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Eight years on the SSC Tuatara is finally in production

It hasn’t quite had the hype of the Toyota Supra, but the highly anticipated SSC Tuatara hypercar is finally in production.


First shown off at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011, the SSC Tuatara is named after our own endemic reptile.


“A direct descendent of the dinosaur,” SSC North America wrote, “this reptile's name translated from the Maori language means ‘peaks on the back,’ which is quite fitting, given the winglets on the back of the new car.”




After an emphatic debut all those years ago SSC went quiet. Then again the car turned up at Pebble Beach in 2018 with SSC announcing the return, engine details, and even video.


SSC North America announced that the car has been in production for “several months” in Richland, Washington.




The production-ready subassemblies have been undergoing extensive testing and validation since the release of the Tuatara pre-production car at Pebble Beach last August and are in the process of being manufactured along with the carbon fiber monocoque and aerodynamic body.


When the Tuatara first broke cover eight years ago it was lauded as a giant killer. SSC boast that the car will come with static and active wings, side mounted buttresses to manipulate airflow, as well as a fighter-jet-like canopy.



At the rear the car features a 5.9-litre V8 that reportedly is capable of 1,750 hp (1,300 kW) on E85. That drops to 1,350 hp (1,000 kW) on regular 91 if you’re feeling cheap. The engine is coupled with a seven-speed CIMA transmission paired with an Automac AMT system.


Some reports are that the car may be capable of 300mph … yeah, that’s 482 km/h. We’re not even sure if there are tyres capable of holding up at that speed.




SSC aren’t the first to claim figures like that, so it’ll be interesting to see if they do get near or break the 300 mph barrier.


Delivery for the first production SSC Tuatara models is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019.