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2015 McLaren Special Operations 650S

After much speculation and teasing, McLaren released the all-new, P1 -inspired 650S in 2014. This model takes the place of the aging MP4, and delivers a mammoth 640 horsepower. Just a few months after its official debut, McLaren released a concept version of the 650S from its bespoke arm, McLaren Special Operations. This pitch-black concept obviously caught the attention of movers and shakers, as McLaren announced right before the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the MSO 650S would indeed be a limited-production vehicle.

This MSO 650S draws most of its styling cues from the concept that debuted in early 2014. Its carbon-fiber side wings and rear bumper center section, and rear diffuser are all taken directly from the concept. Even the sinister black color that the concept wore when it debuted is part of the production model. In fact, the only straying this concept-turned-production does on its way to driveways is the addition of new interior bits and some featherweight wheels.

Click past the jump to read about this awesome, limited-edition supercar.

Exterior

McLaren Special Operations 650S

On the outside, the mods from MSO are subtle and most of them are directly from the MSO 650S Concept we saw earlier in 2014. From the front end, all is normal in the 650S , as MSO chose not to nip and tuck the nose at all. On the sides, a large set of carbon-fiber side blades combine well with the lower spoiler that sits on the front of the base 650S. The carbon-fiber treatment continues out back, where a the center section of the three-piece bumper is made from the lightweight material. Rounding out the custom body work is an aggressive rear diffuser that looks ready to tackle any race track you throw its way.

The MSO 650S also receives three special paints developed only for it: Papaya Spark, Agrigan Black, and Sarigan Quartz. Two of the colors may look familiar to you, as the Papaya Spark is a play on the famed McLaren Orange and the Agrigan Black is the hue that we all saw on the concept model.

No bespoke model is complete without swapping out the rollers, and the MSO 650S is no exception. This sexy rig inherits a set of 10-spoke, Palladium-colored, super-lightweight rimes. "just how lightweight?" you ask. they are four kilograms (8.8 pounds) lighter than the stock rims, to be exact. As if dropping 2.2 pounds per rim isn’t enough, MSO also adds in a set of titanium wheel bolts.

McLaren Special Operations 650S - Exterior Dimensions

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 Special Operations 650S

Much like the exterior, the MSO 650S’ cabin underwent light modifications. these changes start with carbon-black, leather-wrapped upholstery with Alcantara inserts. Satin-lacquered carbon fiber dons the center console, while gloss-finished air vents and gearshift help add in some contrast. Rounding out the interior changes is an MSO-branded, carbon-fiber sill plate with a plaque signed by Frank Stephenson.

Drivetrain

While the press release that McLaren released said nothing about the engine, I think it is safe to assume that this custom model will boast the factory-spec engine. This gives the MSO 650S a total of 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 3.8-liter V-8. This power heads through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission on its way to the rear wheels. Once the power gets to the back end, the MSO 650S sprints to 60 mph in three seconds and doesn’t stop until it tops out at 207 mph.

2014 McLaren Special Operations 650S - Drivetrain/Specifications

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

The MSO 650S is limited to only 50 units, of which customer can choose either roadster or coupe. As with most limited-edition, semi-bespoke supercars, the MSO 650S is expensive. It checks in at a nauseating £252,500 for the coupe model and £272,500 for the Spider model. In good old American dollars, that comes out to $428,722 and $462,680 (as of 6/25/2014), respectively. As a reference, the base 650S Coupe runs £195,250 ($331,516) and the base Spider runs £215,250 ($365,475).

Competition

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Those who like the performance of the 458 Italian should love, love, love the Speciale version. Thanks to its 596-horsepower, 4.5-liter, V-8 engine, the prancing horse can hit 60 mph in under three seconds. Ad to that a lighter chassis, retuned suspension and an upcoming Spider model, and the 458 Speciale iready to do battle with this limited-run McLaren.

At £208,000, the Speciale is just a tad more expensive than the MSO 650S.

2014 McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept

Conclusion

McLaren Special Operations 650S

As if the 650S wasn’t awesome enough, now McLaren goes and turns its MSO division loose on it. The modifications are subtle enough to not distract from the car’s natural beauty, but aggressive enough to give it a little extra character. On top of that, it is limited to just 50 units, making this a very exclusive car. I only wish that there were some engine modifications involved.

LOVE IT
  • Subtle additions are a nice touch
  • Three colors to choose from
  • Plenty of carbon fiber doo-dads to go around
  • Limited model
LEAVE IT
  • Very expensive
  • No engine updates

Press Release

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. The production car will make its global debut, in Spider form, at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Supercar Paddock, and will be seen in action taking part in the famous Hill run.

McLaren Special Operations 650S

The bespoke McLaren Special Operations division was launched in 2011, and offers a full personalisation service for McLaren owners. The dedicated division grew out of McLaren’s Customer Care programme, which goes back 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 roadcar, and continues to look after servicing and maintaining cherished F1s for owners, as well as undertaking personalisation work for all McLaren models.

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 giving a subtle and purposeful look. The three-piece rear bumper includes a carbon fibre centre section, and sits above a more aggressive rear diffuser.

McLaren Special Operations 650S

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 stylish 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. These wheels save 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. A signature dedication plaque mounted to the MSO-branded carbon fibre sill panel completes the enhancements.

McLaren Special Operations 650S

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

Pricing starts at £252,500 for the MSO 650S Coupé and £272,500 for the MSO 650S Spider, with first deliveries due before the end of the year.




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