High-performance artistry from McLaren Automotive in the elegant form of its newest grand tourers, the McLaren Speedtail and the McLaren GT, impressed car enthusiasts and art lovers alike when France’s grandest motoring festival opened for one day only in Chantilly yesterday.

It was the first chance for the public to view the Speedtail, McLaren’s fastest-ever car, in the flesh and also a unique opportunity to see both new grand touring models together. The McLaren Speedtail was entered into the concours competition and joined a supercar parade that married beautiful automotive designs with the latest from the fashion world – providing French visitors with the bonus of seeing the Speedtail move under its own power, albeit at a fraction of its 403km/h top speed.

Centred around supercars but dedicated to all aspects of “the art of living”, the biennial Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is a celebration of the exquisite, held in the equally exquisite grounds of the historic Chateau de Chantilly, 50km north of Paris.

As a brand committed to dynamic design and hand-crafted luxury, McLaren is very much at home in these magnificent surroundings, one of the jewels of France’s cultural heritage. The two new McLaren masterpieces on display at Chantilly this year dazzled for both their art and their elegance.

Stealing the show in a never-before-seen livery of Saragon Quartz body and Oxblood aniline leather and nubuck interior, the Speedtail for Chantilly showcases many of the bespoke luxury materials and finishes that characterise the latest Ultimate Series model – the most luxurious and spacious McLaren ever. The three-seat Speedtail’s streamlined, seamless body, shimmering in its champagne hue, features the Contour Pack of aero parts that include the front wheel covers, splitter, diffuser, cowl and engine cover, while setting this off in ultra-sophisticated style are 3k carbon body panels with a satin finish.

Making a rich contrast to the exterior is the three-seat, central-driving position cabin with full aniline leather and aniline nubuck of deep red. The seats feature bespoke painted edges in navy with bespoke quilting pattern (quasar) on the seat backs. Metal parts inside are machined aluminium with a brushed and polished finish.

Just 106 Speedtails will be produced and with every one reserved, French enthusiasts were given a rare chance to see the car in the flesh. And to prove that McLaren’s 403km/h Hyper-GT has “magnifique” written all over it, the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance judges voted the Speedtail the ‘Best of Show’ prize – the Speedtail’s first award.