McLaren Speedtail revealed and it gets gear-selector button on the roof!

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Here is the McLaren Speedtail, which by the way will be limited to a 106-unit production run, and priced at £1.75 million (over $2.93 million CAD) before taxes. It's a follow-on from the McLaren P1, the previous Ultimate Series McLaren, with the Woking company saying that this is its first "Hyper GT" vehicle. It looks likely that owners will get a high degree of choice over how their auto is constructed and the colour schemes. Be that as it may, the vehicle still comes with a special "Velocity" mode that lowers it by 35mm and "optimises the powertrain and aerodynamics".

Inside is a mix of the layout of the F1 with a healthy dose of modern McLaren thrown in, with lashings of leather (it's "directional", so you can slide in but then be held in place), with the start and Velocity Mode buttons on the ceiling so you can pretend to be a fighter pilot.

Furthermore, the rear of the Speedtail has been unveiled, showcasing its curvy-sleek profile, while the company also confirms that it will boast a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain that will deliver a top speed of over 243mph.

The Speedtail is built on the monocoque carbon chassis that bespoke to the model.

Those wheel covers? Carbon fibre, naturally, and static. Its carbon fiber body is narrower but longer than P1, measuring nearly 17 feet. The driver sits front and center with a passenger behind each shoulder. This gives the material a shimmering appearance that can have a variety of colors. Unfortunately, this arrangement also puts the vehicle on the wrong side of regulations here in the U.S. Three digital screens form the dash and two additional screens, one at the base of each of the A-pillars, displays the view of the corresponding rear-facing camera. To make room for all the screens and to accommodate the centre seat, most of the conventional controls - including the Active Dynamics - have migrated to a panel over the driver's head.

Highlight of the bodywork is the patented active rear ailerons that operate without the need of a shutline. Building on its "ultimate road car" theme, McLaren has gone all in with what it describes as "technical luxury". The seat is trimmed in a new kind of leather, created to allow people to slide effortlessly across its bolsters without compromising the way they're held in place under heavy g-forces. Its monocage body is crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and designed with aerodynamic optimization in mind.

About one-third of the Speedtails are headed for North America, the spokesman said. Combined with the fixed displays for the pop-out wing mirrors (a legal requirement) the dash is by far the most advanced of ever featured in a McLaren. The number is significant: that's how many F1s were sold.

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