McLaren’s 250MPH Speedtail Looks Like It Escaped From A Sci-Fi Movie

McLaren may have revealed the Speedtail back in October but the public is only now getting the chance to see the new British hypercar from up close by attending the Geneva Motor Show.

The striking three-seater McLaren pays tribute to the legendary F1 with its interior layout and will be the brand’s fastest model yet, featuring a 250mph top speed (403km/h).

Under the streamlined bodywork lies a plug-in hybrid powertrain expected to offer a combined 1,035hp and 848lb-ft (1,149Nm) of torque. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 will provide 746hp and 590lb-ft of torque while the electric motor will produce an additional 308hp and 256lb-ft of torque, according to McLaren’s Andy Palmer who spilled the beans to a few selected media at the Geneva show stand.

Straight-line acceleration is promised to be brutal, with the McLaren Speedtail able to reach 186mph (300km/h) from a standstill in 12.8 seconds, 0.3 of a second faster than the Bugatti Chiron.

The elongated rear end helps the Speedtail minimize drag and features a set of patented active rear ailerons, which operate without the need of a shutline. In fact the McLaren Speedtail comes with very few shutlines in the bodywork, making it look even more slippery and futuristic. Even the door mirrors are replaced by retractable cameras.

The central driving position features a carbon fiber seat, flanked by two passenger seats that are moulded to the chassis. A trio of high-definition displays and touchscreens across the dashboard has removed almost every physical button and switch but key controls for the engine start, the chassis settings and the advertised Velocity mode (which primes the Speedtail for a top speed run) are mounted on the ceiling.

McLaren has already sold all 106 examples of the Speedtail before it enters production in 2020, with prices said to start at $2.2 million before taxes.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “Looks Like It Escaped From A Sci-Fi Movie”

    yes, from the 1950’s or 60’s! BUT i still like it. maybe the folks who designed space ships in the 50’s and 60’s had a good idea of the importance of reducing coefficient drag. lol

  • Salih Ahzem

    The thing I don’t get is, if they are able to sell all the production out with a unit price of 2.2M (and of course owners would go all the way in terms of options) so why just not make it 2.9M the price for example, it would have been sold out anyway.

  • Shtekeris

    This still looks great, but, man, this years Geneva has crazy amount of beautiful supercars and this just doesn’t look as special anymore. If you are rich, this is the time to be alive.

  • Kagan

    This car belongs to the 30’s

  • Blade t

    It’s different. I like it. McLaren is killing the competition lately..

    • assassingtr

      *Getting killed by

      • Blade t

        Who is McLaren ” getting killed by ” ?

        • assassingtr

          No one really, Sorta kidding, I’m just salty cause I absolutely hate that speedtail design with a passion. It infuriates me that because it’s so horrid. Some of the othercars are nice though, subjectively not my taste. Do like the 720 tho

  • Bo Hanan

    I Like it but that tapered down rear end still bothers me.

  • I’m selling. Anyone want to buy mine for 30 million pounds?

    • Mr. EP9

      I’ll give you 50 million.

      • Eagle By Singer

        55! Take it or leave it.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I’ll give you 5 trillion Zimbabwe dollars.

  • assassingtr

    The 80’s called, they want their Oldsmobile Aerotech back. I don’t know who the design manager was for this (and I’m usually not one to blame the designer) but this is fairly putrid. I can only hope that the circumstance was that some Chinese billionaire investor gave a napskin sketch of his one off design to a designer and this was the best someone could do.

  • Smith

    Looks like it should have stayed in the Sci-Fi movie rather than wasting space in the real world. It is horrible.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I was wondering where my Oldsmobile Aerotech ST went.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    totally gorgeous! smart,elegant & beautiful


  • SteersUright

    Highly unoriginal, but not unexpected. McLaren has made exactly 1 beautiful car in its existence, the F1. This looks like a ripoff of old Corvette and Jaguar concepts.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      It’s called aerodynamics. Not ripoff.

  • assassingtr

    Haha wow! You’re so smart dude. You were able to read GTR in my name and guess that somehow that is a car that I somewhat like. Never would have guessed someone would figure that one out! wow!

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