In the relatively short period of eight years since McLaren Automotive was launched, the brand has been staggeringly prolific with development and production. Across three distinct categories, the Sports Series, Super Series and the Ultimate Series, McLaren has churned out quite a number of supercars and hypercars, with last year’s Senna being the brand’s most extreme road legal car. This week, the Woking carmaker has revealed a new model, which is positioned as the ultimate McLaren road car.
With its three-seat layout with central driving position, 403kph top speed, and a production run limited to 106 units,
the Mclaren Speedtail Hyper-GT is the true spiritual successor of the legendary McLaren F1.
While the Senna is a wild machine, the Speedtail is more of a more forgiving long-distance cruiser that can also outrun the most extreme supercar on the road. In fact, its 0-300kph time of 12.8 seconds makes the P1’s 16.5 seconds time seem sluggish. The teardrop-shaped cockpit and aerodynamically optimised body make the Speedtail the most aerodynamic drag efficient car McLaren has produced. Aiding the ultra-low drag are features like carbon fibre static aero covers for the front wheels, retractable digital rear-view cameras and active rear ailerons.
The Speedtail is built around a bespoke McLaren Monocage carbon fibre tub and features an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. The powertrain is a petrol-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,050 horsepower. “McLaren has never built a vehicle like the Speedtail before. As our first ‘Hyper-GT’, the Speedtail is the ultimate McLaren road car,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
The McLaren Speedtail is arguably the most dramatic hypercar money can buy today. But even if you are willing to shell out Dh8.2 million, you can’t have one, as all 106 cars are already spoken for.