Officially launched in 2011, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), previously part of the McLaren Customer Care Programme, has evolved into one of the most famous customizing divisions of the sports car industry. Thanks to this branch, modern McLarens are as customizable as a Ferrari, and judging by the number of MSO-modified P1s we’ve seen recently, it’s safe to assume McLaren has a lot more customers that commission one-off supercars than the Italian brand.

But the P1 isn’t the only McLaren product that can be enhanced at the MSO shop. The 2015 McLaren 650S is also part of the program, and recently McLaren has also given the newly launched 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe the green light for bespoke makeovers. The first MSO-crafted 570S to come from Woking is this Mauvine Blue edition built in just one example.

The number of details you can add to the 570S via MSO is similar to what you can get for both the P1 and the 650S. The Brits are more than happy to create a unique exterior paint, as well as combine the standard features offered inside with bespoke leather inserts and contrast stitching. It all depends on how much you’re willing to spend. Although this example is less flashy on the inside, it is the kind of sports car that will draw a lot of attention at auto shows or supercar meetings. Check it out below to find out why.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 570S Coupe by MSO.

  • 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe Mauvine Blue by MSO
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    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    3.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    204 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    225000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Not surprisingly, at least when compared to other recent McLarens tweaked by MSO, the exterior paint is the only feature that sets this 570S Coupe apart from the standard model. But what a color it is! McLaren calls it Mauvine Blue and says its uniquely formulated, meaning it was crafted in MSO’s very own color lab. The hue is downright amazing to look at, as it can change color depending on lighting conditions. It reminds me of Dodge’s iconic Plum Crazy, most recently used on the 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, though Mopar’s shade is less chameleonic. As it turns out, sports cars can be eye-catching in mauve, too. Everything else outside is standard 570S business on this model, but it seems the owner went with the optional silver wheels and silver brake calipers.

Interior

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The interior has been customized too, now featuring Carbon Black leather and Mauvine Blue accents on the flat, lower section of the steering wheel and on the seats, as well as matching stitching on the dashboard. Though Carbon Black leather is available from the factory, it can only be combined with Stone Grey, McLaren Orange, and Jet Black exterior colors. To get the Mauvine Blue stripes on the seats and the steering wheel, you’re going to have to take it to McLaren Special Operations and prepare of an extra fee.

Everything else in here is standard, meaning this coupe has a leather-trimmed dashboard, a new instrument cluster, and a 7-inch touchscreen with integrated climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity and either DAB digital or Sirius satellite radio.

Drivetrain

As is the case with all limited-edition or one-off models created by MSO, this 570S Coupe is powered by the same engine as the standard model. Under the hood lurks McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. The mill is shared (in different stages of tune) with both the 650S and 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, but in the 570S generates 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque from 5,000 rpm. All that oomph is routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and enables the sports car to hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, only 0.2 and 1.1 seconds slower than the more powerful 650S, respectively. Top speed sits at 204 mph, an impressive figure for this segment.

What makes the 570S truly special compared to its rivals is that it’s the lightest vehicle in its class, at 2,895 pounds. This makes it no fewer than 642 pounds lighter than the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S and 255 pounds lighter than the track-focused 2016 911 GT3 RS. Moreover, it delivers a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 428 horsepower per tonne, compared to 911 Turbo S’ 349 horses per ton.

Prices

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There’s no word as to how much the Mauvine Blue exterior color and matching interior bits added to the car’s original sticker, but it probably took the 570S Coupe into the $190,000 range, if not close to $200,000. The sports car retails from $184,900.

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo by Porsche Exclusive

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The Porsche 911 Turbo is the car to beat in this niche, and the reason McLaren created the 570S. The standard model features a 3.8-liter flat-six rated at 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, while the Turbo S has 560 horses and 516 pound-feet on tap. Both are quicker than the 570S, needing 3.2 seconds (3.0 with Sport Chrono) and 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph, respectively. Top speed, on the other hand, is slightly inferior at at 195 and 197 mph, respectively.

As far as customizing goes, the Porsche 911 Turbo can also be commission with bespoke parts via the brand’s Exclusive division. Options include special exterior paints and custom details inside and out. Recent examples include the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Lime Gold and the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

Find out more about the standard Porsche 911 Turbo here.

Conclusion

The ability to customize your car to your own specifications is very important in today’s market, and this sports car is proof that McLaren is willing to do just about anything to keep its exclusive customers happy. The 570S Coupe is the third current McLaren model to benefit from the MSO program, which basically means that the British brand can deliver what only companies such as Porsche and Ferrari were able to a few years ago.

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    • * You obviously can’t buy one that’s exactly the same
    • * The 911 Turbo is the faster proposition

Press Release

Four years on from its global launch, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will return to the manicured lawns of the USA’s famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month with a selection of distinctive and beautiful commissions.

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The bespoke division of McLaren will showcase some of the individualisation options it will make available on the forthcoming new 570S Coupé, the first model to join the McLaren Sports Series. Two examples have been created. The first 570S Coupé ‘by MSO’ features the uniquely formulated Mauvine Blue paint finish coupled with a bespoke interior finished in Carbon Black leather with co-ordinating detailing, carried through from the exterior colour. A second 570S Coupé, finished in Ventura Orange and fitted with a selection of styling details from the MSO Defined range of options, will take up position on the popular Concept Lawn at the event. The highly-prized location has previously played host to the 12C, 12C Spider and, most recently, the McLaren P1™ GTR Design Concept.

The core McLaren range, the Super Series, will be represented by two limited edition models. The 675LT is the lightest and most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the Super Series. Production of the coupé-only model is strictly limited to 500 examples worldwide all of which have now been assigned to customers. With a clear focus on light weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement, the model re-establishes the ‘Longtail’ heritage. With a top speed of 330km/h (205mph), the 675LT accelerates to 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in 2.9 seconds, and hits 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.9 seconds.

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Alongside the most track-focused model in the Super Series will be the even more exclusive 650S Le Mans. Created by MSO to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the now legendary victory at the famous French endurance race, the 650S Le Mans is limited to just 50 examples – all sold – and features design aspects taken from McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R which took victory two decades ago. A fully functioning roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake, front wing louvres and lightweight alloy wheels are styled around the design of the iconic 1995 racer. In a change to the standard offering, which was finished in Sarthe Grey – inspired by the livery of the race-winning model – the car has been finished in the famous McLaren Orange, originally used by Bruce McLaren on his racers of the 1960s.

Completing the line up of McLaren models on display during the weekend will be a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR. Being displayed by McLaren Automotive, on loan from BMW North America who sponsored the car during its debut season, chassis #17R was campaigned by Team Bigazzi and competed at various races through the season including finishing eighth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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In addition to the models on public display, McLaren will also be represented at the RM Auctions sale taking place during the Concours d’Elegance proceedings. The sale will see two of the most exclusive McLaren models ever produced going under the hammer with a McLaren P1™ and the penultimate McLaren F1. The Volcano Red example of the limited edition McLaren P1™ is one of just 375 models, and represents the McLaren Ultimate Series at the pinnacle of the three tier model range. The 1998 McLaren F1, chassis #073, is in a highly sought-after specification with a number of ‘LM’ upgrades.

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