The first customer car is ready.
We don't blame you for forgetting about the Shelby Super Cars (SSC) Tuatara. The low-volume supercar comes from the same company that built the Ultimate Aero, which briefly stole the production car top speed record away from Bugatti early last decade. Shortly after, the all-new Tuatara was first revealed as a concept car way back in 2011, which is why we don't blame anyone for not remembering it.
After a painfully long wait, the American hypercar has finally entered production and the first customer delivery is nearly upon us. The company announced that the first customer Tuatara will be on display at the 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show on February 7 in its own special display area.
Public attendees will be able to get a good look at the car from behind a velvet rope while members of the media in attendance should be able to get a closer peek. Non-media can also reserve a spot to get up close to the car by booking an appointment with one of the show's sponsors, CF Charities. We aren't sure why SSC chose the City of Brotherly love as the location to reveal its first customer car, especially as the 2020 Chicago Auto Show starts up on that same week. Perhaps the first customer lives near Philly, or the smaller show just provides a better opportunity for the Tuatara to be the star.
We still don't know how much the Tuatara will cost but all estimates predict it will be over $2 million. With such a high price tag, we would guess the first owner is either a celebrity or a car collector, though the person's identity remains unknown. SSC will only build 100 examples of the car, each powered by a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V8 developing an insane 1,750 horsepower. The company says it feels confident the car can break the 300 mph barrier, which it will need to do in order to steal the top speed crown from the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.