SSC first announced the Tuatara in 2011.
The SSC Tuatara will reportedly finally make a production debut during Monterey Car Week at the end of August. It'll make appearances at several events during the automotive extravaganza, including The Quail on August 24, Concorso Italiano on August 25, Exotics on Canary Row on August 25, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn on August 26. The company will announce performance and production details there, too.
SSC North America, previously known as Shelby SuperCars after founder Jerod Shelby, has had the Tuatara kicking around as a concept and prototypes since 2011. At the time, the vehicle was supposed to use a twin-turbo 6.9-litre V8 producing 1,350 bhp and 1,280 pound-feet of torque. The automaker's latest teaser makes no mention of the powerplant but still promises the Tuatara has a top speed that can "easily surpass the current world record." For your edification, this means that the car can beat the Koenigsegg Agera RS' max velocity of 277.9 mph.
The Tuatara has taken quite a while to reach this point because deliveries were supposed to start in December 2013 or January 2014. The supercar is supposed to be a followup to the SSC Ultimate Aero that ended production in late 2012. In the final version, it used a twin-turbo 6.9-litre V8 with 1,300 bhp and 1,004 lb-ft that allowed for a top speed of 256.14 mph.
After such a long leadup, we're definitely curious to see what the Tuatara is like in production form because the hypercar segment has changed a lot since SSC's original announcement of the model.
Gallery: SSC Tuatara Teaser
SSC North America will release the highly anticipated 2019 SSC Tuatara at the Monterey Car Week from August 22 to 26 in Monterey, California.
The SSC Tuatara is an American built next generation hypercar that boasts an unmatched drag coefficient, track-level handling characteristics, and a top speed that is projected to easily surpass the current world record. Years of methodical engineering applied to the Tuatara will be revealed in the unparalleled performance, driver experience, and striking presence of the car.
Attendees of the Monterey Car Week will have many opportunities to see and experience the Tuatara throughout several events in the week, with the official release happening at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Entrance to The Quail – Friday, August 24
Concorso Italiano – Saturday, August 25
Exotics on Canary Row – Saturday, August 25
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn– Sunday, August 26
The attendance of the Tuatara at these events is subject to change.
SSC North America is excited to share specific performance and production details of the Tuatara at the Monterey Car Week and encourages customers and fans to attend the events to experience the Tuatara in person.
For further information on SSC North America, the Tuatara, and future events, please visit us at www.sscnorthamerica.com.