Road Tests Real world tests of Ultimate Aero vs Apollo

0-60mph

Top speed

Ultimate Aero
256 mph
Apollo Sport
224 mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of SSC Ultimate Aero

Reasons to consider the
SSC Ultimate Aero

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Much faster in the quarter mile 9.9 s vs 12.7 s More than 20% faster at the drag strip
Much more powerful engine 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM vs 691 HP @ 6,300 RPM More than 85% stronger engine
Much more torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM vs 648 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 70% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more expensive sticker price $740k vs $344k Around 2.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 256 mph vs 224 mph 32 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much bigger engine 6,345 cc vs 4,200 cc More than 50% bigger engine
Faster to 60mph 2.8 s vs 3.28 s Around 15% faster to 60mph
Side view of Gumpert Apollo

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Slightly lighter curb weight 2,640 lb vs 2,750 lb Around 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Ultimate Aero  vs
Apollo 
Brand SSC Gumpert
Price 740,000 344,200
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.14 lb/hp 3.82 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,287 HP @ 6,075 RPM 691 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Maximum torque 1,113 ft-lb @ 6,150 RPM 648 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Engine placement Rear Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,345 cc 4,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 4.13 in / 3.62 in 3.66 in / 3.33 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,750 lb 2,640 lb
Width 82.7 in 78.7 in
Height 43 in 43.9 in
Length 176.2 in 175.6 in
Wheelbase 105.2 in 106.3 in

road tests

Ultimate Aero  vs
Apollo 
Top speed 256 mph 224 mph
1/4 mile 9.9 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 2.8 s 3.28 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/Torsen LSD, Adj ASR
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3:1
2: 2.15:1
3: 1.5:1
4: 1.13:1
5: 0.87:1
6: 0.65:1
Axle ratio 3.44:1 4.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 241 483/? 254
Rear wheels 508/? 330 483/? 330
SSC Ultimate Aero
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