Bespoke McLaren is premiered

JonathanJune 28, 2014

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed production plans for a run of bespoke examples of the McLaren 650S following the strong reaction to the MSO 650S Coupe Concept shown in China earlier this year.

Just 50 examples of the MSO 650S will be available globally, available in either a Coupe or Spider bodystyle, with the production car making its global debut – in Spider form – at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Supercar Paddock.

McLaren's Special Operations division was launched in 2011, and offers a full personalisation service for McLaren owners.

The MSO 650S carries many of the styling cues over from the original concept, and the team at MSO has worked closely with McLaren automotive design director Frank Stephenson to further enhance the visual appeal.

The exterior of the MSO 650S is fitted with a number of carbon fibre styling upgrades with a satin finish, including extended MSO Side Blades, while the three-piece rear bumper includes a carbon fibre centre section, and sits above a more aggressive rear diffuser.

The MSO 650S is available in three paint finishes, specially formulated by the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, all featuring a heavy metallic content.

‘Papaya Spark’ is the modern twist on the famous McLaren Orange and is joined by ‘Agrigan Black’ and ‘Sarigan Quartz’. ‘Agrigan Black’ is a metallic black with a deep ruby red metallic flake, and featured on the original concept, while ‘Sarigan Quartz’ is a new colour for MSO, being shown for the first time at Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is a vibrant metallic silver with a subtle golden infusion.

The exterior design is finished with a set of Palladium coloured 10-spoke Super Lightweight alloy wheels, with a unique diamond cut effect to the inside edge of each spoke, which saves 4 kg over the standard-fit design, and are held in place by lightweight titanium wheel bolts.

Inside the cabin, the MSO 650S is upholstered with carbon black leather and Alcantara, while the stylish satin lacquered carbon fibre detailing extends throughout the driver and passenger zones.

In contrast, a gloss finish has been applied to the air vents and handling and powertrain switchgear on the Active Dynamics Panel, with a signature dedication plaque mounted to the MSO-branded carbon fibre sill panel completing the enhancements.

Each one of the 50 MSO 650S models will be delivered with a Frank Stephenson-signed sketch and a luxury MSO branded, leather holdall, which is handcrafted from stealth black carbon fibre leather and fitted with complementing carbon black handles and stitching, as well as Alcantara lining.

The 650S's first taste of action is to take part in the famous Hill Run at this weekend's festival, where onlookers will have their initial look at the vehicle's capabilities.


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