SSC North America has announced the Tuatara is about to enter production as they have just finished testing the hypercar’s twin-turbo V8 engine which represents an all-new development.
We are dealing with a 6.9-liter (423 cubic inch) mill which is capable of outputting no less than 1,350 bhp (1,007 kW) and a maximum torque of 1,733 Nm (1,280 lb-ft) when using 91 octane fuel. SSC says the power unit can be tweaked so that it pumps out more than 1,700 bhp (1,268 kW).
According to the automaker, the Tuatara is going to be “amazingly docile” and at the same time capable of providing “incredible daily drivable characteristics that truly mask the savage beast within.” With the Tuatara, SSC wants to steal Bugatti’s record for the fastest production car in the world. At this moment, the Veyron Super Sport holds the record as it managed to reach 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h) in the version with the speed limiter deactivated. The production version units were sold with the top speed limiter on and they were able to hit 258 mph (415 km/h).