McLaren Speedtail name confirmed for BP23 ‘hyper-GT’ car

The name chosen by McLaren for its 3-seat B23 supercar is McLaren Speedtail and it’ll be faster than the McLaren F1

McLaren has confirmed the name Speedtail for its all-new ‘Hyper-GT’ car. The new model, previously known under the codename BP23, will boast the highest top speed of any car the firm has ever produced, exceeding the 243mph top speed of the legendary F1 supercar.

Like the F1, the Speedtail is a three seater: the driver sits centrally with two seats positioned slightly behind and to either side. Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said that while the new model is an homage to the first McLaren road car, it is not a direct successor of the F1. He described the Speedtail as “a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren”. Think of a Mclaren rival to the Bugatti Chiron and you might not be too far from the truth.

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Flewitt also confirmed that we’ll be seeing the new car in a public reveal before 2018 is out, but for now all we’ve seen are teaser sketches. The latest shows the car’s sleek profile, while earlier pictures show the unique seating layout from above, an elongated, swooping rear end which houses an aggressive rear diffuser and thin LED lights, and a driver-focused dashboard with digital instruments.

McLaren claims that, alongside the car’s clear performance credentials, it will also be the most luxurious car to leave the Woking factory to date. While power and torque figures have yet to be confirmed, the Speedtail is known to feature a hybrid powertrain that’s likely to pair an electric motor with the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 seen in the new 720S. New technologies for the BP23 are also being trialed, like digital rearview mirrors.

Even if you could afford the price of £1.6m (plus local taxes), you’re too late: the Speedtail’s entire production run of 106 cars was reserved even before the car was officially announced in November 2016.

A test mule for what will be the brand’s ‘fastest ever model’ was developed based on the 720S to evaluate different cabin ergonomic options and its unique three-seat layout. These actual 720S mules don’t give us any clues as to how the Speedtail will look, but the teaser sketches provide us with an early taste; an elongated, swooping rear end houses an aggressive rear diffuser and thin LED lights. As with every McLaren, it’s also likely to feature dihedral doors. Further development of the Speedtail is currently underway at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), dedicated producers of McLaren Ultimate Series cars.

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