2015 McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

With the McLaren 650S already in production in both Coupe and Spider guises, it was only a matter of time until McLaren Special Operations (MSO) would come up with its unique upgrades for the British sports car .

Only a design study for now, the MSO 650S Coupe Concept blends aligns to the current trend that sees sports car manufacturers blending race-like body parts with special paint options, but offers no powertrain enhancements, leaving them to the track-focused model the Brits are working on.

With plenty of carbon-fiber parts inside and out and rolling on a set of lightweight wheels, the MSO comes in an attractive and unique package that’s likely to preview an upcoming limited edition vehicle. For now, though, the MSO 650S has embarked on a tour across China hoping to draw enough attention to make production worth while.

Even though the fancy body coating and most of the upgrades can’t be had right now, MSO is already offering a couple of updates for current 650S owners. But until a more extensive bundle becomes available, let’s see what the MSO concept has to offer and what sets it apart from the standard 650S.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept.

Exterior

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

While the front end is enhanced by only a carbon-fiber spoiler, the menacing effect is more visible around back, where a custom carbon-fiber diffuser and a GT3-like bumper with carbon-fiber center piece have been added.

Although subtle, the MSO body upgrades give the 650S Coupe a more aggressive, race-inspired appearance. While the front end is enhanced by only a carbon-fiber spoiler, the menacing effect is more visible around back, where a custom carbon-fiber diffuser and a GT3-like bumper with carbon-fiber center piece have been added.

The trademark McLaren side blades are now longer courtesy of MSO and, besides adding to the sports car’s blacked-out look, these parts also improve aerodynamics via better airflow along the sides. Upgrades continue at the corners, where unique, lightweight alloy wheels painted in Satin Black are ready for some track action in their Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Finally, the concept’s exterior is rounded off by a spectacular Agrigan Black with Ruby Red Metallic flake finish. Developed in MSO’s own laboratory, allows the car to change color under different lighting conditions.

Length4512 MM (177.63 inches)
Width2093 MM (82.40 inches)
Height1199 MM (47.20 inches)
Wheelbase2670 MM (105.11 inches)
Track, F/R1656 MM / 1583 MM (65.2 Inches / 62.3 Inches)
Curb Weight1,330 KG (2,932 Pounds)

Interior

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

The racing theme continues in the cockpit as well with the addition of fixed-back, carbon-fiber competition seats wrapped in carbon-like black leather.

The racing theme continues in the cockpit as well with the addition of fixed-back, carbon-fiber competition seats wrapped in carbon-like black leather. Built on the same design seen in the P1 supercar , the racing seats provide a lower position in the cabin and decrease the vehicle’s weight by 33 pounds. Other visual improvements carbon-fiber inserts painted in Satin Black and Gloss Black switchgear and bezels.

Drivetrain

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

Aside for Satin Black engine covers and a similar finish applied to all carbon-fiber parts, nothing else has changed under the hood. With no performance improvements, the MSO 650S benefits from the same 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque coming from the 3.8-liter V-8 engine. Just like the standard model, the concept accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and reach its top speed at 207 mph.

Engine3.8-Liter Turbo V-8
Output (HP @ RPM)640 @ 7,250
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)500 @ 6,000
TransmissionSeven-Speed Dual Clutch
0-100 KM/H (62 MPH)3.0 s
Top Speed207 mph

Prices

Although the MSO 650S Coupe Concept is only a one-off design study, McLaren is monitoring public reaction and the vehicle could make it into production at some point. Until then, customers can only order the MSO side blades and rear diffuser for their regular 650S. These parts can be had for £5,114 and £7,245 respectively ($8,615 and $12,204 at current exchange rates) in the UK, but there’s no word on actual U.S. pricing.

Competition

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Based on the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Speciale is nearly 200 pounds lighter and benefits from an additional 34 horses when compared to its older borther. Tweaked to deliver a total of 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, the 4.5-liter V-8 engine enables the Speciale to reach 62 mph from a standing start in only three seconds and hit the 124-mph mark in 9.1 seconds.

Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the unit also enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 202 mph, while delivering 1.33 g in lateral acceleration with help from a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

Performance aside, the Speciale stands out in a pack of 458 Italia models thanks to its blue and white stripes, an aerodynamically enhanced front end and a new exhaust setup. Priced from $298,000, the 458 Speciale fetches about $30,000 more than the McLaren 650S Coupe.

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, the Lamborghini Huracan hit the stage to replace the ancient Gallardo. Also named after a fighting bull, the Huracan comes with a 5.2-liter V-10 engine under the hood that sends the power to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Output sits at 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, placing the Huracan below the McLaren 650S, but a bit above the 458 Speciale. When it comes to sprinting from naught to 60 mph, the Huracan needs about three seconds, while top speed is rated at 205 mph.

Design-wise, the Huracan leaves the dated Gallardo styling behind, but borrows some of its cues from the Aventador. However, the entry-level supercar does have an identity of its own and even got conventional doors. Pricing for the Huracan has yet to be announced, but it should fetch at least $250,000.

Conclusion

Adding race-inspired body parts and seats, as well as a high-end, bespoke paint job, will only make a McLaren 650S McLaren 650S more appealing. In today’s market, when Bugatti is selling limited-edition models for $3 million a piece, an MSO 650S like this one would make a lot of sense, especially if its price tag will sit below the $400,000 mark. But the question remains, will the Brits build it or just settle with a Chinese tour of the concept?

LOVE IT
  • Unique exterior
  • P1-inspired carbon seats
  • Exclusive paint
LEAVE IT
  • Still a concept car
  • No drivetrain upgrades

Press Release

McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, has released images of the MSO 650S Coupe Concept – a showcase of the MSO designed and engineered upgrades available for the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, the latest models to join to the McLaren Automotive range. The model is being shown throughout China over the coming weeks and includes an array of bespoke MSO features, including a newly designed carbon fibre rear diffuser and MSO-branded carbon fibre side blades.

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

The striking MSO 650S Coupe Concept has a stealth-like, menacing appearence, with subtle upgrades made to the exterior bodywork and within the driver-focused cabin. The MSO 650S Coupe Concept is finished in ‘Agrigan Black’, which is a metallic black paint specially developed in-house with a deep ruby red metallic flake. This paint effect gives the exterior bodywork a dramatic colour change in direct sunlight, contrasting with the extensive use of satin-finished carbon fibre highlights. The lightweight carbon fibre accents, including the prominent front splitter and air intakes, are complemented by bespoke MSO carbon fibre side blades and the unique MSO ear diffuser.

The MSO branded side blades are a more aggressive, full length, interpretation of the door blades seen on the 650S Coupe and Spider models. Finished in satin, they offer increased improvements to the airflow along the edges of the bodywork, further optimising aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, the GT3-inspired rear bumper features a carbon fibre centre section, and the lightweight material carries through to the carbon fibre airbrake and unique MSO rear diffuser. The engine bay has been further enhanced with satin black engine covers and a satin finish to all carbon fibre parts. The purposeful exterior look of the MSO 650S Coupe Concept is finished with the addition of a set of special satin black finished lightweight ‘650S’ alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres.

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

Inside the cockpit, the one-off design showcase is fitted with the fixed-back carbon fibre racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, finished in carbon black leather. The seats position the occupants lower in the car and provide superb levels of upper and lower body support, while offering a weight saving of 15kg. Satin carbon fibre features extensively throughout the cabin, which is further enhanced by the switchgear and bezels that are finished in contrasting gloss black.

The MSO 650S Coupe Concept is presented as a one-off design study, and MSO is monitoring reaction regarding any potential production examples. The MSO side blades and rear diffuser are available to order now from McLaren retailers, priced at £5,114 and £7,245 respectively for a new 650S. These styling upgrades can also be fitted to the 12C.


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