McLaren Speedtail revealed in full before official debut

McLaren Speedtail revealed in full before official debut

Images of the McLaren Speedtail have been leaked (by Twitter user Autobant) ahead of its official reveal on October 26, including a view from the hyper-GT’s central seating position. The Speedtail is the first of 18 new cars or derivatives that McLaren will launch as part of its Track25 business plan, with just 106 units planned for production.

Styling-wise, the Speedtail is a rather sleek-looking thing with few obstructions to the flow of its bodywork. It’s obvious that aerodynamics and reducing drag are the main goals here, with highlights being a low front intake, grille-less face, covered front wheels, a sloping roofline, and a tail that tapers towards a pointed end.

As we’ve seen in the past, active spoilers are present but they are tucked away seamlessly into the tail section, deploying only when required. McLaren has said the Speedtail will employ a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain with 1,000 PS, and the car is capable of hitting speeds of over 391 km/h. With a shape like that, we find it hard not to have faith in these claims.

McLaren Speedtail revealed in full before official debut

The ‘wow factor’ continues on the inside, as we finally get a good look at the three-seat layout that was previously seen on the McLaren F1. Greeting the driver are five displays, with those furthest away being linked to camera that replace normal side mirrors. The switch is again, in the interest of aerodynamics, and is similar to what is found on the Lexus ES and Audi e-tron.

Moving towards the centre, two equally-sized touchscreens provide access to the car’s infotainment and other systems, while in the middle is the digital instrument cluster. Due to the unusual layout, drive-related controls such as the gear selector have been pushed upwards to the cabin’s ceiling.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • the need for speeeeeed

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Oct 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    The shape is more function over form. Seems like the aero dept received priority over the design/aesthetics dept. It does remind me a bit of an XJ220, but with an overlong tail, hence the name. I should think those invited to buy the P1, will also get invited to buy the Speedtail? Hence, this might appear on Jay Leno’s garage in the not too distant future.

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    • Deswai i said P1 has the sexiest car.

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      • Veyron Owner on Oct 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm

        P1 is definitely the more sexier car, although I’m leaning towards F1 GTR. In terms of performance, my Veyron beats all.

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  • Backbreaking on Oct 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Getting in and out of this car need some advance yoga skills! This car is for display in their fancy homes and showing off in fancy functions…can you imagine crawling out of the car when you arrived at a Red carpet event!

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  • Simply beautiful……

    but i dont see any cupholders tho…

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  • Jonn Dol on Oct 26, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Styling wise, it looks like those early 1990s supercars/concept cars, (think of curvy lines of the Jaguar XJ220, the rare XJR-15, Yamaha OX99-11 etc).It’s a no brainer, the central driving is a direct homage to the McLaren F1 and the longtail (a bit ducktail looking) is of course inspired by the GTR LM/GT1 car. But somehow the execution looks less convincing. The original McLaren GTR Longtail is a thing of beauty next to this.

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