Say hello to the new McLaren Speedtail

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Welcome to the anticipated McLaren Speedtail in all of its spaceship-y glory. We have been waiting to see what the Speedtail looks like for the good part of two years now, and now we can see it in full. The Speedtail is McLaren's first 'Hyper-GT' car and is the ultimate McLaren road car.

The Speedtail brings back the three abreast seating position that made the original F1 so iconic. The drivers seat is positioned in the middle, but in front of the two passenger seats. The dashboard is completely digital with five individual digital panels dominating the front of the interior.

Exterior wise, the Speedtail has striking looks to say the least. I'm a fan of it but I'm sure many people won't like it. It's aerodynamic shape is very futuristic with a low slung body with numerous flowing lines. Also, the Speedtail doesn't have any door mirrors.Two of the five interior screens are mated to exterior cameras which act like mirrors. This is similar to what Audi use on the e-Tron Quattro SUV.

The Speedtail will use McLaren's current 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 which delivers 1,035bhp to rear wheels thanks to the V8 and electric motors, making this the most powerful McLaren ever and the most power road-legal hybrid ever. The Speedtail is also the fastest McLaren ever built with a 0-186mph time of 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 250mph.

If you haven't noticed already, the front wheels have a cover on them and these are aero covers, and are made from carbon-fibre. As mentioned above, the cameras in the doors replace traditional wing mirrors. The most fastinating part about the car's body work are the patented active rear ailerons which are flexible parts of the body work to help aerodynamics.

Other cool features on the Speedtail include the lack of sunvisors. This may not sound like much but the glass used for the windscreen tints itself automatically at a touch of a button. The car also features what McLaren call Velocity mode which optimses the powertrain and aerodynamics to allow the Speedtail hit it's 250mph top speed. Velocity mode also lowers the entire car by 35mm.

The body work is made completely out of carbon fibre which helps reduce the car's weight down to 1450kg when dry. Speaking of body work, the Speedtail is the most aerodynamic McLaren road car ever produced, and the longest, measuring in at just over 5.2 metres.

You want one, don't you? Well, you can't have one as all 106 examples have already been allocated to their new owners at an eye watering £1.75 million...and that's without taxes. This is easily a £2 million car.

However, you can gaze at it with this gallery highlighting all the best parts of the car.

What do you think?

Does the Speedtail live up to your expectations? Do you like its design? Let us know in the comment section, down below.

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