McLaren Automotive has confirmed that its upcoming “hyper-GT”, which until now has been referred to simply as BP23, will be named the McLaren Speedtail.
Considered the spiritual successor to the iconic F1 road car, the Speedtail will be revealed in full later in 2018. As with the McLaren F1, just 106 examples will be built.
The Woking-based automaker says the new Speedtail will achieve the highest top speed of any McLaren yet, with the “capability to exceed” the 391 km/h achieved by the F1. It will also be the “most luxurious McLaren” ever, featuring a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position and drawing power from a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.
The brand promises that the upcoming model's design will be “flowing and highly streamlined, incorporating exquisite new materials” to facilitate “limitless possibilities” for tailoring through the McLaren Special Operations division.
McLaren says the entire production of the Speedtail was allocated before the car was officially announced in November 2016. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019, with every Speedtail personalised to its owner’s taste.
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