• 2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider

    A very rich customer wanted a specially designed McLaren 675 LT...
  • But he wanted to have both the coupe and the spider versions
  • The Spider version is painted in Liquid Silver with a gloss finish
  • While the coupe gets the same Liquid Silver with a satin finish
  • Other tricks include polished exhaust ports and a crossover muffler for the entire exhaust system
  • Updates continue in the interior, where MSO added black Alcantara with red stitching
  • While the seats get red Alcantara with black stitching

The absolute definition of having your cake and eating it too

If you have money and are into cars, what do you do? You go to McLaren and order up one of the coolest cars on the market, tailored to your exact specification, right? Of course, you do, but what happens when you have a little too much money? Well, you do what McLaren’s latest customer did – you walk into McLaren, head right over to McLaren Special Operations, and commission, not one, but two, McLaren 675LT models with 100-percent complete specification tailored to whatever your little heart desires. After all, who wants just a custom 675LT Coupe when you can have it topless sister the 675LT Spider? What we can admit, is whoever the anonymous customer was, they certainly have some really good taste. The cars take on a beautiful silver color, with each representing a different finish, while they also get some special MSO carbon fiber and some unique pinstriping in all the right places. This twins even feature the same wheels, while the interior of both get a fine combination of red and black.

But, that’s neither here nor there, and the real joy is in the details, so let’s take a closer look at these one-of-a-kind twins commissioned from nothing other than MSO. They are called the MSO R, and it’s time to go say hi.

  • 2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    679
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    204 mph
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  • size:
  • Purpose:
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What Makes the McLaren MSO R Twins Special?

2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider Exterior Wallpaper quality
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A very rich customer wanted a specially designed McLaren 675 LT...
To start off, you’ve got a base, 675LT mixed in with an MSO aero kit that includes the front dive planes and that crazy, twin-element rear wing

What makes these twins special? Well, what you really meant to ask is, “what doesn’t make them special?”

To start off, you’ve got a base, 675LT (if the word “base” is even fair to use here) mixed in with an MSO aero kit that includes the front dive planes and that crazy, twin-element rear wing. MSO visual carbon fiber was used to craft things like the front fascia, louvered fenders, rood scoop, rear deck, mirror arms, and even the wiper scuttle. The front fascia and side skirts get a pinstripe in Delta Red, as do the outside edges of that twin-element wing out back. The side skirts and rear wing also carry the MSO R designation in all its glory. Black, five-spoke wheels provide a wide-open look on the sides. Now, here’s the one difference between the two – outside of one having a top and one not, of course – the coupe is painted in Liquid Silver in a satin finish, while the Spider gets the same Liquid Silver but finished in gloss. Those wheels I mentioned earlier? Yeah; they also get the same treatment with the wheels on the coupe coming in satin while the spider gets a gloss finish. It’s a nice touch, really.

2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The Spider version is painted in Liquid Silver with a gloss finish
2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider Exterior Wallpaper quality
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While the coupe gets the same Liquid Silver with a satin finish
The coupe is painted in Liquid Silver in a satin finish, while the Spider gets the same Liquid Silver but finished in gloss

Moving over to the inside and things get a little more intense thanks to a huge amount of Alcantara throughout the cabin. The cabin itself gets black Alcantara with red stitching while the seats get the reverse effect – red overlay with black stitching. And, of course, the package wouldn’t be complete without having the MSO R logo embroidered onto the headrests in the blackest black possible. All bezels inside are made from carbon fiber while the interior switches have a gloss black finish. Meanwhile, the steering wheel has a mixed rim that includes a top and bottom portion done up in carbon fiber and the sides wrapped in Alcantara. A center stripe in Delta Red brings everything together.

2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider Interior
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Updates continue in the interior, where MSO added black Alcantara with red stitching
The cabin itself gets black Alcantara with red stitching while the seats get the reverse effect – red overlay with black stitching

Of course, when you go to MSO, you also get to pick and choose any other updates you can get your hands on. And, in this case, the anonymous customer decided to have the engine of both cars blueprinted. The heads and exhaust ports were hand polished, apparently, enough to push the output from 675 PS up to 688 PS, or 679 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. To top it all off, the exhaust system got a crossover muffler (probably what we all refer to as an X-Pipe) and gets a little bit of titanium at the exhaust outlets – not a bad way to spend your hard-earned cash if I do say so myself.

Now, we don’t have performance specs for either the coupe or the spider, but to put things into perspective, the stock 675 has 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which means these commissioned twins deliver some 13 horsepower more – not bad for a port and polish on a small V-8, I suppose. Both should still use the same seven-speed SSG transmission, and it’s doubtful that the 62-mph sprint will drop below the 2.9 seconds offered by the stock car. As a reference, the standard model also hits 124 mph in 8.1 seconds, so it’s possible the coupe version of these cars could hit that sprint eight-seconds flat under the right conditions.

2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider Exterior
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Other tricks include polished exhaust ports and a crossover muffler for the entire exhaust system
These commissioned twins deliver some 13 horsepower more – not bad for a port and polish on a small V-8

As far as pricing goes, there’s no word of how much this anonymous buyer chipped in for these two beauties, but you better believe they didn’t come in cheap. The standard coupe here in the U.S. goes from $349,500 with the Spider coming in closer to $385k. So, with that in mind, you can bet the price of each of these probably came close to $500,000, if not more. What’s on your mind as you look at the pictures and read all about them? Let us know in the comments section below.

References

McLaren 675LT

2016 McLaren 675LT
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Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT Coupe.

2017 McLaren 675 LT Spider High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT Spider.

Press release

One customer will shortly be taking delivery of two unique McLarens, created to his individual specification by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Called the MSO R Coupé and MSO R Spider, they are the latest in a lineage of McLarens produced as personal commissions, a service that sees the customer working closely with MSO to agree the direction, scope and specification of a project.

“An MSO Personal Commission is the highest level of partnership between a customer and McLaren Special Operations, undertaken to design, develop and create unique interpretations of McLaren cars, expertly tailored to meet the exact requirements of the owner. A typical MSO Personal Commission extends beyond paint colours and materials and finishes to encompass changes to body and interior design and also dynamic and powertrain enhancements as required. The result is a McLaren personalised by MSO to become a car that is literally one of a kind – or in the case of these stunning MSO R cars, one of a matched pair.”

Jolyon Nash, Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing, McLaren Automotive

One of the first McLarens commissioned at this level was the McLaren X-1. Unveiled during the weekend of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2012, the X-1 was produced for an anonymous buyer, which is not unusual for a personal commission. McLaren Special Operations is currently seeing an increasing number of customers enquiring about bespoke and unique cars.

The two MSO R cars, which have the same external, internal and mechanical specifications, are finished in a striking yet understated Liquid Silver – the Coupé in satin and the Spider in gloss finish – with a carbon fibre central stripe. Immediately identifiable as a matched pair, both have the same design of twin-element rear wing, with front dive planes to further enhance aerodynamic performance.

The front bumper, bonnet, louvered fenders, roof scoop and rear deck are all MSO Visual Carbon Fibre (VCF) components, as are the side mirror arms and casings and wiper scuttle. Pinstriping in Delta Red features on the front splitter and side blades, while the splitter, side skirts, sill panels, rocker panels and plenum cover carry MSO R branding. The wheels of both cars are the same 5-spoke design, finished in satin black on the Coupé and gloss black on the Spider.

The interior design of the cars is arguably even more distinctive than the exterior. Both cabins feature Alcantara® trim material throughout. Primarily in black with red stitching, the theme is reversed for the seats, which are red with black stitching and feature an MSO R logo embroidered in black on the headrest. The steering wheel has a carbon fibre upper and lower, with black Alcantara® grips and a Delta Red centring stripe. Switches are in gloss black and vent mechanisms are satin black, with bezels in carbon fibre.

This MSO Personal Commission did not stop at visual and design changes. The engines of both cars have been blueprinted and the heads and exhaust ports hand-polished, helping to give the M838TL twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine maximum power of 688PS (679bhp) and up to 700Nm (516lb ft). The exhaust system, which has a ‘crossover’ muffler to increase pipe length and optimise gas flow, features titanium end pipes.

Started with an MSO R-branded key, both the Coupé and the Spider feature bespoke IRIS screen and instrument cluster displays and gear-shift lights. The final visual touch is a dedication plaque on each car identifying them as McLarens designed to an MSO Personal Commission, taking them from being a rare car to a unique one – or in this case, a unique matched pair.

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