There Are So Many Choices for the McLaren Speedtail That There Are Templates

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If you’ve ever had a house built, or even remotely considered the option, you’re probably aware of how it goes: You start out confident and ready for anything, with a clear design in your head because, duh, you can practically play back HGTV episodes in your head. But then you see how many choices there actually are, and your brain begins to melt. You can’t decide if you want the kitchen on the left or the right side, let alone what hardware you want on the cabinets.

It’s the same thing for rich people, except when it comes to their $2.3 million McLaren Speedtail. They probably just pay people to design each of their homes and vacation homes, since colors would start to run together by the fourth one.

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There are so many design choices on the new Speedtail, in fact, that McLaren fashioned “themes” into different design collections to make it easier for buyers to start their “journey on the road to ownership” of the car, which is a direct quote from McLaren’s press release. They’re like baseline color and design pairings, so one of the 106 future Speedtail owners doesn’t end up with a lime-green seats and a coat of Swarovski crystals all over the exterior paint job.

Wait, what would be wrong with that, again?

Anyway, in addition to a central driving position, more than 1,000 horsepower, a top speed of 250 mph and a behind that looks like it missed the memo on how long the car was supposed to be, McLaren’s three-seat F1 from the future comes with design themes from three collections. All 106 of the planned cars were sold out before it debuted in October, and the $2.3-million buy includes a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre along with a bunch of fancy design descriptions.

No, seriously—the different designs are described more vaguely than a loan advertisement on a new car, with lines such as:

  • “created to offer a discerning and refined feel”
  • “calm exterior hues, plus subtle and cool interior tones,” which is good if you just REALLY need to relax at 200+ mph
  • “designed to accentuate the exterior highlights of the car’s aerodynamic bodywork”
  • “set off with bespoke brushed light blue anodised aluminium brightwork, ensuring that every shimmering curve of the exterior is revealed”
  • “the cool-hued cabin blends the metallic light blue driver seat with light grey passenger seats”
  • “offers a purposeful and unmistakeable look from moody, yet striking shades, to opulent and surprising touches”
  • “inspired by the UK’s wealth of nautical heritage with an interior dominated by timeless navy blue”
  • “juxtaposed with a vibrant, surprising exterior finished in bespoke orange with bespoke silver pinstripe”
  • “exciting and modern and makes bold statements with sporty, futuristic and sumptuous themes”
  • “accentuating the athletic theme, the steering wheel clasp, paddle shifters, window and door bezel surround are highlighted in TPT carbon quartz white”
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The “Astral” nautical design theme.
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The “Astral” nautical design theme.
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The “Bloodline” design theme.
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The “Bloodline” design theme.
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The “Stratosphere” design theme.
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The “Stratosphere” design theme.
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You know what, I’d take any of these.

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