McLaren Speedtail – 250mph ‘hyper-GT’ revealed

Spiritual successor to the iconic F1 packs 1050hp and retains central driving position

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After months of teaser images and a continual drip-feed of information from Woking, one of the most highly-anticipated cars of 2018 has finally been unveiled – the new McLaren Speedtail.

The Speedtail is a spiritual successor to McLaren’s iconic 90s road car, the F1, which for a long time was the fastest car in the world.

Limited to just 106 examples to preserve exclusivity, the price of the McLaren Speedtail will start from £1.75 million, plus taxes – but an extensive options list and limitless scope for personalisation should mean almost every car breaks the £2 million barrier.

The car McLaren has pictured in its official release has options worth £475,000 fitted to it.

The Speedtail packs a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine bolstered by an electric motor, which boosts power up to a remarkable 1,050hp. It’s able to reach a top speed of 250mph, and although McLaren hasn’t revealed a 0-60mph time, it will sprint from 0-300km/h (186mph) in just 12.8 seconds.

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The hybrid system is exclusively used to boost performance, and the Speedtail won’t be capable of electric-only running.

On the surface, one of the Speedtail’s biggest talking points is its interior with its bold, three-seat layout. That’s another homage to the F1, which had a similar set-up – allowing the driver to sit centrally for the best and most natural view out. Unlike the F1, though, the Speedtail doesn’t have a gearshift or physical handbrake to accommodate, so the driver can get in from either side of the car.

The Speedtail’s sweeping bodywork is an evolution of standard McLaren design cues, but stretched out across a huge, 5.2-metre long body. There’s an incredibly clean silhouette, thanks to a lack of side mirrors – the Speedtail uses cameras instead – and there are no hinges to interfere with the workings of the active aerodynamics.

Instead, McLaren has taken advantage of the natural flexibility of carbon-fibre to shape the bodywork for aerodynamic manipulation under load.

McLaren Speedtail cockpit interior dashboard

Other eye-catching aerodynamic features are the covers for the front wheels, which McLaren says help air pass seamlessly along the car’s flanks – but can be removed if the owner wishes.

The Speedtail is designed to be the ultimate road car rather than a track weapon, hence the ‘hyper-GT’ moniker, so the interior is considerably more plush than the likes of the brand’s own Senna hypercar.

Its super-long tail even incorporates plenty of luggage space for its three occupants.

Clearly, with all 106 examples of the McLaren Speedtail being spoken for, you’re unlikely to see it on your local dealer forecourt anytime soon.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


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