AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
If you own a small volume, exotic car company that is working hard to build its pedigree and customer base, there is perhaps no better place than Dubai to launch your new product.
While in recent years, this popular tourist spot of the United Arab Emirates might have gone through its own fair share of financial problems, there are still plenty of rich residents who can indulge themselves with the latest and fastest cars money can buy.
So it should come as no surprise that SSC (Shelby Super Cars) has decided to launch their new car, the Tuatara, at the Dubai Motor Show.
The Tuatara, which is named after a very fast lizard, has been shown to the public before, but that show car was just a body on a rolling chassis. The car SSC is showing in Dubai is the real deal, and thus gives us the first glimpse of its actual interior.
Thankfully the interior keeps the theme of its outrageous exterior. There are plenty of heads-up display screens to keep both the driver and passenger well informed about their progress, while the design looks something out of Star Wars.
You also now get a starter button that initiates a countdown of red lights before firing up that massive 6.8-liter, twin-turbo V8, which produces a barely believable 1350-hp.
SSC claims that the Tuatara is capable of hitting 275-mph, a claim they will have to verify at some point. To prove their car is not just a straight line missile, SSC will also take this car to the Nurburgring to see how it stacks up against other supercars from around the world. We wish them all the best.
Gallery: SSC Tuatara
Sure, you’ve probably seen the SLS AMG supercar from Mercedes before, but you haven’t seen it like this before. In true UAE-fashion, Mercedes revealed its new top-tier performer at the Dubai Auto Show painted in a brilliantly bling shade of matte-gold.
The paint is called “AMG Desert Gold” and is highlighted by gloss black detailing and a special set of black wheels. Mercedes has said that the gold color was initially just a one-off for the display purposes of the show car at the 2009 Dubai International Motor Show, but that if demand is significant enough, it could become available as a part of the AMG Performance Studio. Currently AMG already offers two matte colors, “AMG Monza grey magno” and “designo magno alanite grey,” as well as a chrome “AMG alubeam silver.”
Inspired by the 300SL Gullwing, the new SLS AMG is powered by AMG’s first “from scratch” engine. That engine, a 6.2-liter mill, makes 563-hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque in the SLS – enough to propel the company’s new flagship sports car all the way to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 196 mph. Helping achieve that low sprint time is a sophisticated double-clutch automatic transmission, that can be operated via paddle shifters. The SLS is the first production Mercedes to get double-clutch technology.
The engine uses a dry-sump lubrication system (great for serious abuse), as well as a transaxle. That transaxle layout means that the tranny is located out back (for an ideal weight balance of 48/52) and it attached to the engine by a carbon fiber driveshaft.
The curb weight is just 3,571 lbs, due mostly to the fact that this is the first model Mercedes has ever produced with an all aluminum chassis and body. Weight is also saved by using carbon ceramic brakes and light weight wheels, that measure 19×9.5-inches up front and 20×11-inches in the rear. Tires measure 265/35/19 front and 295/30/22 rear.