Update: A McLaren representative said that the vehicle is not road legal in the USA mainly due to the three-seat configuration not meeting safety requirements.
As you might expect, not a great deal is given away in the four shots, other than the Speedtail logo, which here features the optional 18-karat-white gold and carbon fibre, and a shot of the supercar's rear to give us a sense of its sleek design profile.
The front wheels have a static cover with a notch in it to direct the airflow in the optimal direction and covering those wheels helps lend to that retro chic that the vehicle carries with it. The straight-line acceleration of the Speedtail sets a new benchmark for a McLaren, with 0-186mph achieved in just 12.8 seconds; McLaren Automotive's previous Ultimate Series hybrid, the McLaren P1, could reach this speed in 16.5 seconds.
McLaren revealed its ultimate Ultimate Series auto on Friday, offering details only hinted at before. The hang-ups center around the Speedtail's center driving position, which makes mandated airbag requirements tough to meet. It's accessed by powered (a first for McLaren) double-skinned dihedral doors that feature a single piece of "wrapover" glazing which forms part of the roof when closed. Be that as it may, the auto still comes with a special "Velocity" mode that lowers it by 35mm and "optimises the powertrain and aerodynamics". And that body? Also carbon fibre, every panel, from front to back and designed with as few shut lines as possible. For vehicle lovers, that money is entirely well spent however, and will certainly feel it thanks to a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain capable of achieving over 243mph. McLaren even sourced lightweight leather. A special leather finish makes it easy to slide into the seat. The suspension is mostly aluminum and further weight has been saved by utilizing carbon-ceramic brake rotors instead of steel units.
Being a McLaren, there's space for luggage fore and aft, though odd to think of a 250-mph auto hauling suitcases. That said, a third of the run was sold to American customers, meaning those that bring the auto here will need to apply for a show and display exemption.
Only 106 Speedtails will be produced, and they're all spoken for, at a price of 1.75 million pounds, or $2.24 million at current exchange rates. The manufacturer could have shifted three times that number, of course, but that's the amount of F1s it sold from '93 to '98 - and with its fastest, most ambitious road auto ever, it's clearly gunning for a similarly vaunted place in history.