WHAT: The McLaren Speedtail
HOW MUCH: US$2.2 million

WHY: It is the fastest, most innovative McLaren to date. The new Hyper-GT is fitted with a 1050PS hybrid power train and, for stats junkies, the high-performance hypercar can reach a top speed of 403km/h (250mph), hitting 300km/h in just 12.8 seconds.

For those who are more aesthetically inclined, the Speedtail offers a sleek, minimalist and hyper-modern form.

It is also the most efficiently aerodynamic model designed by McLaren, with an uninterrupted flow of air from nose to elongated tail.

The Speedtail does not have wing mirrors – they are replaced by smaller, high-definition cameras. The wheels have static carbon-fibre aero covers, reducing air turbulence.

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The windscreen also curves over top, offering a visually-stunning, technologically-seamless glass canopy for the driver.

And what if there’s too much sun in your eye? No problem: the advanced electrochromic technology embedded in the glass allows you to darken the windscreen at the touch of a button.

But if we forget the state-of-the-art dashboard with its touch-sensitive screens or the first-class, unblemished European leather finishings, the Speedtail still has us gaping in the interior with its centred driver’s seat.

The three-seater cockpit is configured with the driver in the middle, the seat accessed through either of the butterfly doors.

Many have likened the Speedtail to the iconic McLaren F1 for this layout feature.

Customisation is part and parcel of the Speedtail experience, with more than 100 personalisations available in most colours, textures and materials inspired by haute couture, luxury yachts and bespoke furniture. The car was set to do its public road trials at the end of 2018. Production of the car will commence at the end of this year, with first deliveries in early 2020.

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