AN­OTHER DREAM CAR FROM A BRAND AT THE TOP OF ITS GAME

Autocar - - COMMENT -

YOU MAY QUES­TION the rel­e­vance of a 250mph, £1.75 mil­lion hy­per­car with a cen­tral driv­ing po­si­tion and a strictly lim­ited pro­duc­tion run that’s al­ready been snapped up, yet to do so would do the quite in­cred­i­ble Mclaren Speedtail a huge dis­ser­vice. It’s so rare for a true ‘dream’ car to come along, the likes of which used to be found on posters on bed­room walls (as the Mclaren F1 was for Speedtail de­signer Rob Melville) and now fill so­cial me­dia streams.

The Speedtail’s space­ship looks – which won’t be to all tastes – and Top Trumps-win­ning stats will ex­pose it and thus the in­dus­try to a far wider au­di­ence than any ‘con­ven­tional’ su­per­car might. Which young per­son wouldn’t want to be a car de­signer or en­gi­neer af­ter see­ing a Speedtail?

The car’s sig­nif­i­cance is per­haps even greater for Mclaren. Fol­low­ing so soon af­ter the track-fo­cused Senna and 600LT driver’s car, the Speedtail fur­ther proves just how di­verse a mar­que Mclaren has be­come, with at last some real dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween its prod­ucts.

In­deed, its quickly-grow­ing range has rapidly be­come more in­ter­est­ing and sur­pris­ing than all its peers. Could you see cars like the Speedtail or Senna com­ing out of Maranello right now?

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