Introducing the Supercar Unknowns
I was tagged in a Facebook post that said, “Dude, Washington has a supercar!”
The link went to a local story about Washington State company SSC and its Tuatara megacar, which is due to start production in 2015. That car has a very real shot at regaining the title of world’s fastest production car for SSC, whose Ultimate Aero has battled with Bugatti for the title over the last couple of years.
In our parts of the woods, SSC, formerly Shelby Supercars, is not an obscure car brand. Granted, we don’t see any roaming our city streets, but any real car nut knows it exists.
Keep reading for 5 supercars of which even the most pure of heart may not be aware.
With only a dozen or fewer made per year, this car is pure beast mode. At about $500,000 each, the carbon-fiber body, a 720-horsepower twin-turbo Mercedes V12 engine, magnesium alloy wheels and a glass canopy make this car just a few steps away from a jet fighter.
A BMW-sourced V8 engine delivers 420 horsepower and drives the GT from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 182 mph. At a cost of about $250,000, though, it’s not nearly sexy enough to pull buyers from the likes of Bentley.
Is spending $35,000 to $40,000 on an American muscle car just not enough? Well, now you can spend upward of $250,000 and get an Equus instead. It has all the classic looks of American cars of the past, but costs much more, has a top speed of 200 mph and gets from 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds.
Lebanese firm W Motors builds the $3.4 million Hypersport, a supercar powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter flat-six engine mounted in the middle. Plunk down the cash and you’ll get 740 horsepower and 708 lb-ft of torque, along with a 2.8-second sprint to 60.
Take an Ariel Atom, add body panels, horsepower and a windshield, and transform it into a beast. This $115,000 car is designed in California and can make up to 500 horspower.
Do you know of any obscure supercars?