Inside the rare $2.5 million McLaren that only has 3 seats and staggering top speed

  • McLaren introduced the Speedtail as the spiritual successor to the F1
  • It has three seats, just like the F1, with the driver’s seat in the centre
  • It can reach a top speed of 400 km/h (248 mph)

Published on Jan 16, 2024 at 1:27 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jan 23, 2024 at 8:54 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Adam Gray

Inside the rare $2.5 million McLaren that only has 3 seats and staggering top speed

Back in the 1990s, McLaren unveiled one of the most iconic and fastest street-legal supercars ever made, the F1.

This is its spiritual successor, and its modern equivalent.

It’s just as rare, and just as expensive.

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McLaren calls it the ‘Speedtail’, and it’s a technical masterpiece.

The McLaren Speedtail is built on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with the passenger seats integrated into the chassis.

And the same applies to McLaren’s signature dihedral doors.

Check out the car’s unique silhouette in the clip down below!

It features an elongated rear section, hence the name ‘Speedtail’, and a unique seating layout.

The seat configuration is a clear indicator that this car was designed as a tribute to the McLaren F1.

Just like the F1, it has three seats.

You’ve got two passenger seats, and then the driver’s seat in the centre, slightly forward of the two passenger seats.

Check out the Speedtail’s unique interior!

The engine is a modified version of McLaren’s twin-turbo V8, the same engine as the 720S, but it’s paired to a 310-horsepower electric motor.

All in all, the Speedtail delivers 1,040 bhp, which is a lot, especially when you remember the car only weighs around 1.6 kg.

When McLaren completed high-speed testing of the Speedtail, the resulting numbers were jaw-dropping.

The car was able to reach a top speed of 403 km/h (250 mph) and was able to accelerate from standstill to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 13 seconds.

Having said that, this is a collector’s car, as you can imagine, so most people who bought one never use it.

Like other similar supercars, the Speedtail is rare, with production capped at 106 units, and expensive.

The car starts at £2.1 million ($2.66 million), but the price varies depending on how you spec it.

And it was a decent investment, too.

These days, the car is worth between $2.5 million and $3 million.

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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.