250mph McLaren F1 successor revealed

Since 1992 the McLaren F1 has been the British marques' fastest road-legal creation, but no longer thanks to the McLaren Speedtail. The king is dead, long live the king!

The McLaren F1 is such a landmark car that the British brand never produced a sequel. Sure, McLaren Automotive has since produced other highly impressive cars such as the P1, Senna, and 600LT, but nothing that adopted the F1’s signature traits of a blistering top speed and that central driving position. Well, that was until now… Meet the McLaren Speedtail.

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Revealed to the world in all of its glory, the McLaren Speedtail becomes the fastest road-legal McLaren in history with a top speed of 250mph. Equally impressive as its vast top speed, is the way it gets there. Nought–186mph is completed in a scarcely believable 12.8 seconds. This performance comes from a 1036bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine and a battery pack. 

Just like the McLaren F1, only 106 Speedtail models will be produced, each with a price tag of £1.75 million each plus local taxes — all have been sold.

Designed as a ‘Hyper GT’ the Speedtail isn’t just about going quickly. It can comfortably carry three adults, just like the F1, but unlike its predecessor this new car actually has decent space to store their luggage. That central driving position allows for better judgment when driving this supercar at speed, another trait carried over from its forefather. Passengers sit either side of the driver ready for a speedy cross-continental trip.

The McLaren F1 was revealed in 1992 and was the brainchild of F1 designer Gordon Murray. It brought future technologies to road cars — as does the Speedtail with cameras replacing door mirrors — and was well ahead of its time. Power came from a 6.1-litre V12 engine from BMW for a total output of 627bhp. On a record run the McLaren F1 clocked over 240mph. Check out our feature on the McLaren F1 for more about the iconic supercar.

It goes without saying that the McLaren Speedtail is an instant collectable, and with all 106 already spoken for, speculation on the value of the first secondhand Speedtail starts here.

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