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Listen to the SSC Tuatara's 5.9-liter, twin-turbo LS V-8 at speed

The SSC Tuatara has been a long time coming, but America's latest hypercar is now ready to show off its "1.3 megawatt" twin-turbo V-8, which is a 366-cubic-inch pushrod, flat-plane-crank, LS-style motor with two fuel injectors per cylinder, built by Nelson Racing Engines. The opportunity to push it to its 8800 rpm redline regularly will only cost you a cool $1.6 million.


This high-end V-8 weighs just 428 pounds, which is a touch under what Aston Martin is quoting for its new twin-turbo V-6 powertrain. McLaren's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is also in a similar weight class, yet SSC's 5.9-liter produces more power than those two British engines combined: 1750 horsepower on E85, or 1350 hp on 91-octane pump gas. That's why SSC printed "1.3 megawatts" on its valve covers, following Koenigsegg's lead, which called 2014's 1341-horsepower One:1 its first "Megacar."


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