This blink-and-miss car is on the path to become the spiritual successor to the F1

McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Speedtail, is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It’s the one that many 90’s kids will remember as the fastest car with the best handling from Need For Speed 2. As the F1’s successor, does it have enough clout to carry the legacy of the car that arguably set the tone for McLaren?

What Do We Have Over Here?

All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
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Following the hybrid McLaren P1 and the track-focused McLaren Senna, the Speedtail is here to take on the big guns like the Bugatti Chiron and the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

The Speedtail created waves when McLaren promised would be capable of 243 mph - a number that makes it the fastest car to ever wear a McLaren badge.

Be that as it may, it won’t touch the Chiron’s 261 mph or the Koenigsegg Agera RS’ 280 mph top speed.

McLaren Speedtail Performance

All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
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The McLaren Speedtail will be powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. It will feature a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that generates 710 horses. With the electric motors working in tandem, the Speedtail will be capable of producing 987 horses - a figure good enough to enable the hypercar to sprint to 62 mph in two seconds flat!!

Although the powertrain is similar to that of the P1, the Speedtail will use a different hybrid application, according to McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt.

There is info as to what this means, so we will have to wait and see what happens when the car debuts in a few day’s time.

McLaren Speedtail Exterior Design

All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
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For the outer shell, the Speedtail is expected to wear bodywork that evolves upon McLaren’s current design language - a mixture of the old-school McLaren F1 and the modern McLaren 720S, if you may. For starters, it should feature boomerang-ish LED headlights and taillights, but aerodynamic features could be more toned down.

To keep aerodynamic stability in check, McLaren will instead work on the underbody to improve the center of gravity and keep the car planted at higher speeds.

The Speedtail will also feature a deployable\active rear wing and front spoiler that become invisible at lower speeds.

Fun Fact: The McLaren Speedtail will feature the same three-seat layout that set the industry on fire when it debuted on the McLaren F1. Basically, the driver sits in the center with room for one passenger each on either side just to the rear of the driver.

Conclusion

All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
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The Speedtail will be officially unveiled on October 26 and deliveries are expected to begin in 2019. Since this hypercar will be super-exclusive, only 106 copies will be produced. It is priced at $2.5 million a pop and, as expected, all the 106 units are already spoken for. So, you can spot one on the road, but you’ll probably never drive one. Well, unless the owner is a brave, generous soul that’s actually willing to let you take it for a spin. But, you better keep dreaming.

Are you excited about the McLaren Speedtail’s launch? Share your thoughts on this hypercar in the comments section below.

Further Reading

All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 McLaren Speedtail.

The first McLaren Senna shipped to the U.S. Is drop dead gorgeous Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.

2014 McLaren P1 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2014 McLaren P1

1993 McLaren F1 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1

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