In pics: the 10 coolest concept cars of 2012

McLaren P1

Design flagellation, whimsical conjecture and, if you're lucky, a dim clue of what a manufacturer's new car's going to look like. That is, more or less (and in that order) what a concept car usually is.

But sometimes they're not. Sometimes they're 95-per-cent-finished versions of the most anticipated hypercar... in the world. And this is it, the McLaren P1. And though it's only a concept, the manufacturer took us for an exclusive preview, spilling a few beans in the process...

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