Koenigsegg One:1 Could Be the Perfect Balance

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Typically we like to keep the conversation here focused on cars and advice that apply to the vast majority of car owners. Shopping for used cars, updates on popular new models and inquisitive pondering on the state of the auto industry are common fodder among these pages.

Every once in a while, though, we have to let our inner teenager out and marvel at the latest happenings in the supercar industry.

The odds of any of us acquiring one of the world’s most powerful supercars aren’t particularly good, but when a brand new car shows up on the scene to challenge everything we’ve known about powerful cars, we definitely take notice.

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Cars Coming Soon: Hypercars from McLaren and SSC

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

By the end of this year two of the fastest, most extreme cars to ever grace the earth will be available to discerning buyers. More accurately, they will begin to be delivered to buyers who ordered them well in advance.

McLaren and SSC (formerly Shelby SuperCars) have released more details about their shiver-inducing machines and the timing of their releases, which should be close enough to stage some pretty intense comparison testing. Instead of racing to 60 miles per hour, though, these cars will be measured by the time it takes to approach 200.

With around 2,200 horsepower between the two cars and prices well above a million dollars each, 2013 should end with a blistering battle for supercar supremacy.

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One More for the Road: Last SSC Ultimate Aero Something Special

2013 SSC Ultimate Aero XT

SSC North America, once known as Shelby Supercars, is famous for producing the record-breaking Ultimate Aero. That car once held the distinguished title of Fastest Production Car in the World, before being unseated by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Next on SSC’s agenda is a car to replace the Ultimate Aero and, the company hopes, regain its speed title. The car for that assignment is the yet-to-be released SSC Tuatara. But as Ultimate Aero production winds down, there is one more version for a few lucky buyers—a version that’s Tuatara on the inside and Ultimate Aero on the outside…

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SSC Tuatara a Hot Hit in Dubai

SSC Tuatara

The hottest car in all the land might be the Shelby Supercars Tuatara.

Put some swept-back wings on the thing, and you’ve got a road-ready F-16, only faster and better looking. The Tuatara looks exotic even in the company of exotics. It’s more intergalactic spaceship than car. That’s not just me saying so, either, as the supercar connoisseurs in the deserts of Dubai have voted for the Tuatara to the tune of $13 million. This thing is going to be hot!

SSC’s head honcho, Jerod Shelby, brought the Tuatara to the Dubai Motor Show hoping to secure a distributor for the region and earn some brand recognition. Instead he secured 10 buyers for the $1.3 million super-exotic. Not bad for a little carmaker based in a quiet corner of rural Washington state.

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