As if the 2015 McLaren 650S and 625C aren’t awesome enough by themselves, McLaren Special Operations is giving owners more reason to enjoy their exotics with the creation of MSO Defined, a new personalization division under MSO that offers a number of series options for both the 650S and the 625C. In the nutty world of automotive personalization, the MSO Defined division adds even more bespoke goodies to two McLarens that already have those in abundance.

The 650S, in particular, got a splattering of new aerodynamic goodies and bespoke trim options that fall right in line with British supercar brand’s promise of giving its customers a hand in customizing and designing their own McLarens according to their tastes and preferences.

As the first of five tiers of personalization being offered by MSO, the MSO Defined division joins forces with MSO Bespoke, which specializes in creating one-off models. Since MSO’s inception, MSO Bespoke has been responsible for a handful of crazy one-offs, including the 2013 “Mark Cavendish” 12C and the mental 2013 McLaren X-1 that made its jaw-dropping debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Other MSO divisions include MSO Limited, which is responsible for building limited-edition series production cars like the aforementioned MSO 650S and the 2015 MSO 650S Spider. Then there’s MSO Heritage, which focuses exclusively on the storage and maintenance of historic McLarens, and finally there’s MSO Programmes, which is dedicated to the development of the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S by "MSO Defined".

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The highlight of the MSO Defined division is a new aerodynamic kit that can be fitted on the 650S to further enhance the supercar’s already glorious design. We know what you’re thinking: the 650S really doesn’t need any more upgrades. But if McLaren’s making some upgrades available, well, why not, right?

Included in the aero kit are mirror arms, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, a full carbon-fiber rear deck, and extended side-door blades that we first saw on the 2015 McLaren MSO 650S, which made its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. These upgrades won’t necessarily drown the 650S’s original styling; they’ll just complement what’s already there.


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Inside, MSO Defined is offering a full plate of carbon-fiber options, including new shift paddles and a redesigned instrument cluster that features

inspired shift lights. These lights are mounted on the cluster and have been made available because of public demand.


The McLaren 650S is more than just a design spinoff of the 12C and the P1. It also comes with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that pumps out a tidy 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 8.4 seconds. Top speed is capped at 207 mph, although with that much power, it does feel like the 650S should go a lot faster than that.


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McLaren didn’t say how much it’s going to cost to get all the MSO Defined goodies in the 650S. We suppose the cost will vary depending on what personalized additions a specific customer wants to put in his or her supercar. So instead of making any guesses, we’re just going to point out that a 650S costs $265,500.


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The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S doesn’t have nearly the same amount of power as the McLaren 650S, but we’re talking about pitting one personalization division against the other. In this case, Q by Aston Martin can definitely hold its own against McLaren Special Operations. The former has actually produced a handful of personalized models in 2014, including this wonderful take on the V12 Vantage S Q by Aston Martin has also worked on other Aston Martin models, including the Vanquish Coupe, the Vanquish Volante, and the DB9 Volante.

The level of personalization is arguably more detailed with Q by Aston Martin, but MSO does have the advantage of having the capabilities to build one-off models like the X-1.


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Obviously, the MSO Defined division isn’t for everybody. But for those who have a McLaren 650S, MSO Defined offers a medium for adding personalized touches to its supercars. Whether it’s adding an aero kit or dressing up the interior, MSO Defined offers a myriad of personalized options customers can take full advantage of.

More importantly, the launch of MSO Defined goes to show how much McLaren values the input of its customers.

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    • The bespoke add-ons are lacking when compared to what Q by Aston Martin usually does to its cars
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    • You don’t need to go the MSO route if you don’t want to
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Press Release

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has announced a range of available series options for the McLaren 650S, and Asia-only 625C, under the newly established ‘MSO Defined’ division. This forms the first of five tiers of personalisation and support offered by MSO, catering for the needs of all McLaren customers, and joins MSO Bespoke, specialising in one-off models; MSO Limited, producing limited-edition series production cars; MSO Heritage, focused on the maintenance and storage of historic cars; and MSO Programmes which includes the McLaren P1™ GTR.

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“There is a strong desire for drivers to personalise their cars and I’m convinced that the introduction of MSO Defined line will prove popular amongst our customers,” explains Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations. “Every McLaren is unique but now, with more choice than ever before, we are enabling our customers to truly express themselves through their vehicles.”


The MSO Defined category of personalisation includes an aerodynamic kit, designed to enhance the purposeful design of the groundbreaking McLaren 650S, to subtle carbon fibre interior upgrades. The exterior styling can be modified with an addition of a carbon fibre rear diffuser and extended side door blades that premiered on the limited-edition MSO 650S earlier in the year.

Weight-saving options in the form of a full carbon fibre rear deck and mirror arms are also available, while new interior options include extended carbon fibre shift paddles and a redesigned instrument cluster with Formula 1™ inspired shift lights mounted on the instrument cluster that have been created in response to a popular demand from track day enthusiasts.

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MSO Bespoke provides an almost limitless level of customisation to McLaren owners, including unique paint, leather and stitching colours, stand-alone upholstery and body changes to create truly bespoke vehicles.

Since launching the 650S earlier this year, 20 percent of vehicles produced at the McLaren Production Centre have included a degree of MSO Bespoke content. This number rises to approximately 95 percent for the McLaren P1™, with each one of the 375 examples being unique to its owner in some way.

The division was also responsible for the McLaren X-1, a one-off car that had to be specially designed and engineered, including on-road testing and homologation.


The limited-run and special edition examples of the 650S and 12C produced by MSO are designed, developed and produced under ‘MSO Limited’. Models produced include the McLaren 50 12C and 12C Spider, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the McLaren brand in 2013 and, more recently, the MSO 650S, which debuted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.


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McLaren Special Operations, as it is known today, was launched at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. However, a division was first set up as the McLaren Customer Care Programme in the 1990s to service, maintain and personalise the McLaren F1 for owners. This service continues at McLaren, and is now managed by the MSO Heritage team, offering an unrivalled level of knowledge and expertise on the McLaren F1, and also working with Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren models


Finally, the recently-launched MSO Programmes division encompasses the upcoming McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme. Each car will be built, maintained and prepared by MSO in advance of the exclusive track days held at the world’s most iconic Formula 1™ circuits.

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