Sure the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 and its kin, the Audi A3 and Seat Leon, along with the likes of the Renault Clio, Dacia Logan and Ford Mondeo, just to mention a few of the mainstream debuts at the Paris Motor Show, are the ones that matter in real-life terms, but it's cars like the McLaren P1 that keep us dreaming and…alive.
Although billed as a concept, in reality, the P1 is a pre-production teaser of the road car that will hit McLaren's glitzy showroom floors just before the end of 2013.
Deemed by many as the spiritual successor to the great F1 of the 1990s, McLaren says the P1 was designed with one simple goal: "to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track".
We will have to wait for the production model to find out whether the McLaren P1 can live up to its promise, but in the meantime, we can ask your opinion about the hypercar's design and if it hits the right notes.
The styling of the P1 is the result of the collaborative efforts of Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams and Design Director Frank Stephenson (his previous work includes the modern day Mini, Fiat 500 and the Ferrari F430), and their respective teams.
"The collaboration was one of the great things about the project and that allowed us to reach such a complete package," Parry-Williams said.
Stephenson agrees with him: :"We have ended up with a car that looks as futuristic as a concept car – except that it will go into production – and with similar aerodynamic properties to a sports racing car. I believe it is a terrific achievement."
According to Parry-Williams, the McLaren P1's styling prioritizes function over pure style, while Stephenson adds that he wanted a car that was "striking but also functional, a real statement of intent. I wanted a genuinely beautiful and dramatically honest “supersports” car, in keeping with McLaren’s heritage but also at the forefront of automotive design".
While McLaren's people have their own reasons to like and appreciate the design of their latest creation, we would like to ask what you think about the P1. You can cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.
POLL: What do You Say About the McLaren P1's Design?