McLaren supercar gets stratospheric price

Supercar, super price: $ 2.5 million

McLaren Automotive’s three-seat supercar will cost a cool £2 million ($ 2.5 million at current exchange rates) in its home market when it launches in 2019.

The unnamed car, code-named BP23, is symbolically important for the British company because it borrows the same staggered seat arrangement, complete with a centrally positioned driver’s seat, as the much-lauded F1 road car built by the company’s parent in the 1990s.

“Almost from the day I started I’ve been asked: “Why don’t you do another three-seater?'” McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said this month at the Geneva auto show.

He said the car isn’t a replacement for the F1 — a role taken by the recent P1 hypercar — but is an homage. Instead of being an all-out track weapon, the hybrid-engine car will be a “hyperluxury GT” with low aerodynamic drag to improve its top speed.

Just 106 cars will be made, matching the final build total of the F1. All are already sold, despite the price tag.

“When we did finally announce it, we were absolutely inundated with applications. I had to find polite ways to say, “No,'” Flewitt said.

Customers had to deposit a five-figure sum and had to have a history buying McLarens.

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