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Few cars are worthy of more than a few takes, but the McLaren P1 certainly is. Our European spy photographers caught this pair of P1s camwhoring near the desert rocks, giving us a closer, more realistic look at the F1 successor out in the open.

Other officially released photos of the P1 have either been digitally rendered, heavily edited or even covered in camo, so this is our best view of the real thing yet. Just that they’re not quite the real deal, as these are still pre-production units without the tighter rear mesh grille and front corner air ducts.

Nevertheless, it’s good to see the car bathed in natural light – the complex curves and intricate lines work wonders to make the hypercar appear as dramatic as ever. And from more angles too.

The two cars here differ in detail. One has silver wheels in stark contrast to the rest of the car, hiding colour-matched brake calipers while the other looks more understated with nude carbonfibre front bumper, ‘stealth’ alloys and matching stoppers. With McLaren’s bespoke department, you can have your P1 any way you want it to be.