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2008 SSC Ultimate Aero TT - Review


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A three-quarter front view of an orange and black 2008 SSC Ultimate Aero TT

In short: The fastest production vehicle in the world.

With a top speed of 257.41 mph, the Ultimate Aero TT holds the title of the world's fastest car, beating out its nearest competition, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, by just over 3 mph. What's the secret to this super-fast supercar's record-breaking speed? For starters, a twin-turbocharged 6.345-liter V8 capable of cranking out 1,183 horsepower, an ultra-light carbon fiber composite construction, and a highly-refined and endlessly-tested aerodynamic design. How can you get a hold of one of these street-legal speed demons? If you find out, let us know.

Warranty/Service: One-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty; one-year/unlimited-mile powertrain warranty.

Base Price: $654,500

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: twin-turbocharged 6.345-liter V8
Horsepower: 1,183 bhp @ 6,950 rpm
Torque: 1,094 lb-ft @ 6,150 rpm
Redline: 7,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Dry weight: 2,750 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 176.2/82.7/43 in
Turning circle: 41.6 ft

Brakes: vented slotted disc in front and rear
unequal-length upper and lower A-arms, and cab controlled air lift in front; unequal-lengths upper rocker and lower A-arm in rear; adjustable coil-over springs, remote reservoir-adjustable Penske coil-over shocks, and anti-roll bars in front and rear

0-60 mph: 2.78 seconds
Top Speed: 257.41 mph
60-0 mph: 103 ft

EPA City: n/a
EPA Highway: n/a

Safety: automatic back-up camera

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