Cars Coming Soon: SSC Tuatara, Ferrari 458 Spider, New Dodge Magnum

July 21st, 2011

Shelby Super Cars Tuatara

We may be in the middle of an epidemic of bad supercar names.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

Pagani Huayra.

And now, the Shelby Super Cars Tuatara. (Twit-ara or too-a-tara, discuss amongst yourselves.)

While the name might be bad, the rest of the latest offering from SSC is absolutely brilliant. And it has but one purpose in life: to take away the Bugatti Veyron’s title for fastest production car in the world.

As successor to the infamous Ultimate Aero, which lost its 256-mph record to the Veyron’s 267, the Tuatara has its sights set on a run of 275. Ridiculous? Pointless? Completely awesome? Yes.

When you’re done here, you can click on over to this video of SSC founder Jerod Shelby explaining the name of his new lizard-esque supercar.

Ever since the Ferrari F430 gave way to the 458 Italia, I’ve been waiting for an announcement regarding a Spider version. I haven’t exactly been looking forward to the announcement… just wondering when it would happen.

To my eye, a topless 458 won’t look right, considering the roof provides such a killer silhouette. Maranello doesn’t give much thought to what I think, though, and will debut what is likely to be a folding hardtop version at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

Dodge Magnum SRT8Slightly more relevant to most American car buyers, rumors are flying that the Dodge Magnum will roar back into showrooms.

This is nothing more than a rumor, but Automotive News had a chance to speak with SRT president Ralph Gilles, who said one former exec was the reason the Magnum was discontinued. With that party-pooper gone, support for the Magnum is strong, and Gilles says “great things are coming.”

I’ll take that as a nice hint that a super-powered wagon from Dodge could once again grace the streets.

If Cadillac can build the CTS-V Wagon, Dodge can resurrect the Magnum, right? A 392 Hemi would make it pretty hard to ignore!

-tgriffith

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  1. Rob
    July 21st, 2011 at 17:01 | #1

    Nice Randy! I’ve always liked the magnum and would be thrilled to see it return. Amazing that one guy can axe a model line. Bring it back Chrysler!

  2. Randy
    July 21st, 2011 at 15:39 | #2

    I’ve got to admit that the Magnum is one of the few Chryslers I’ve liked. I’m not sure why, it’s just a brutal looking station wagon. I got to drive one around while they were still prototypes because we were doing engine controls for them and we had several in our shop for about two years before it was released. I can’t imagine the neighborhood Don using anything else to transport stiffs to the local dumping ground. All black, dark tinted windows, and wear your black suit and shades. Grrrr.

  3. Chris H
    July 21st, 2011 at 15:14 | #3

    A new Magnum…now THAT is new and exciting news!!!!

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