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The 1,036-Hp McLaren Speedtail Is as Expensive as You’d Expect

For auto enthusiasts, cars that cost more than houses might not be surprising. Some can fetch millions of dollars. Most are likely stored in garages and rarely driven, collected to be showcased as the masterpieces they are. But some owners take theirs for a spin now and then, such as the driver who took his limited-edition McLaren Speedtail out on Japan’s Fuji Speedway and promptly crashed it. Oops. We hope he had good insurance.

Either way, these high-performance cars are one-of-a-kind and top the list of lavish purchases. So, just how expensive is the McLaren Speedtail?

The McLaren Speedtail delivers

If you’re looking for a high-performance car like the McLaren Speedtail, get your wallet ready. As the successor to the famed F1 in the Ultimate Series, the Speedtail isn’t cheap. But for the price, you’ll get 1,036 hp, a hybrid powertrain, and a top speed of 250 mph. It boasts a 4.0 L M840T twin-turbocharged V8 eMotor with a parallel hybrid system. All of that power and speed comes in a futuristic hypercar with a streamlined profile and large glass canopy. This also gives it its aerodynamic abilities.

Inside, you’ll find a unique seating arrangement: The driver’s seat is smack in the middle, flanked by passenger seats. That’s right — the McLaren Speedtail seats three. The dashboard features an impressive spread of electronic instrumentation. You can also customize it to your liking, with options such as carbon fiber patterns and unique paint or leather treatments. And though this vehicle isn’t not fully street legal stateside and only 106 will reportedly be made, you can bet collectors will be eager to get their hands on it regardless of the cost. 

Money isn’t a factor for McLaren owners

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The Speedtail can be yours for the low, low price of $2.25 million. Yes, you read that right. Creating a third seat in a hypercar wasn’t easy, which likely had something to do with the price. It came in 10th on U.S. News‘ list of the world’s most expensive cars. 

McLaren is the brainchild of New Zealand race car driver Bruce McLaren. You can catch all the history about him in a 2017 documentary about his life or read about it here. There’s some pretty impressive backstory to the brand. McLaren has created 15 models, with a new one coming soon. The lowest-priced one is still out of reach for most people: The 570S starts at $195,000. 

But for most enthusiasts, buying these supercars isn’t about the money. After all, McLaren has made two vehicles ranked among the top 25 most expensive cars ever sold at an auction. Celebrities such as Jay Leno and Miley Cyrus are among the lucky drivers. Whether it’s the cool butterfly doors or futuristic look, McLaren cars command attention. 

Other expensive vehicles to blow money on

If you’ve got money to burn, you might want to see the other picks on U.S. News’ list of the top 10 most expensive cars. Unsurprisingly, there’s an Aston Martin. There’s also a handful of brand names most people have probably never heard of, such as Koenigsegg and Pininfarina.

The more recognizable (and often more affordable) brands Lamborghini and Mercedes made the list, too. But these models aren’t as affordable as their siblings. The most expensive car on the list? The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, coming in at a cool $3.9 million.