This Happens When You Try To Make An Amazing Car Even More Amazing

This is the stunning McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO. It is an even better sorted out 600LT, which is a hard thing to achieve considering that McLaren hit a home run with it. Nevertheless, McLaren is really big on personalization. It does have a special division dedicated to it, and it is called McLaren Special Operations. The magicians that work there are responsible for some of the best McLaren cars of the past few years. Just look at these beauties:

Obviously, people buying McLarens have enough dough to throw at their cars, and it is estimated that almost every McLaren sold has some MSO blood in it. Yet, the new one goes a bit further compared to any 600LT Spider we’ve ever seen. And, I’m not talking in terms of performance, either. After all, I told you eight amazing things about the 600LT some time ago. There, you could learn all astounding performance facts about it.

What makes the McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO special

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As always, McLaren Special Operations wanted to make the most of the new 600LT Spider. While I have some problems trying to find the reason for the creation of yet another special edition McLaren, I am not exactly complaining. This thing is amazing.

McLaren Special Operations tried to make it special with a special finish hue called Dove Grey.

Then, the Brits garnished it with Napier Green details on the splitters, sills, doors, and the diffuser. All this pays homage to the 675LT. Now, this is not just a vinyl strip added to accentuate the 600LT Spider’s edges. In fact, it is a finish applied with a whole new technique used on McLaren racing cars. I am not exactly completely certain about how it all works out, so this is what McLaren said about the process:

“In a first for McLaren road cars, the Napier Green accents are applied using a new technique that sees the paint applied onto a light and flexible film that ensures a premium quality bespoke color match. The film has previously been used on the McLaren 720S GT3 and 570S GT4 race cars, and this application typifies MSO’s commitment to new and innovative techniques.”

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The special film added to the most striking parts of the 600LT Spider does make the thing pop. But I have a reasonable question. Is it really enough for MSO to make the 600LT Spider even more special just by adding some cool and smart paint scheme?

I am not sure it is, but considering that everyone does it, I am less mad.
Let me list you some insane paint scheme options:

Do you remember when, in 2017, Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo with the special Saffron Yellow Metallic paint color? Porsche charged $11,580 for it.

Before that, Porsche Exclusive (Porsche’s equivalent to MSO, basically) introduced us to something even more insane - a paint scheme called Python Green Chromaflair. They sell it for $97,000.

Aston Martin is known for its amazing finish options, like Viridian Green or the incredible Sunburst Yellow, among others. All of them available via special personalization program at an additional cost

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U.S. manufacturers aren’t immune to it either. Does anyone remember Black Diamond Tri-coat paint option for Cadillac? It wasn’t too pricey, but it was really cool.

And then we have a BMW Frozen Grey finish on the M3 from 2012. The paint scheme only upped the price of the car by nearly $15,000. Only 30 were produced and were sold within 12 minutes.

With all of that said I’ve concluded that you can make the car special by doing nothing more than applying a special paint coat to it.

What’s Else Special On the McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO?

Well, the 600LT Spider is special on its own, but MSO managed to up the ante a bit with the special markers on the steering wheel and the brake calipers.

Plus, I am sure that it used all the available carbon-fiber pieces for it - you can find this precious material basically everywhere. And yes, the seats in the 600LT Spider are lifted right out of the amazing Senna hypercar. So that’s that.

Power and Performance

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There’s nothing new in this department. Not that you’d need it. Get this:

  • 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 with 592bhp and 457 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed of 201 mph
  • 220 pounds lighter compared to 570S
  • Top exit exhausts.


2019 McLaren 600LT Spider Specifications

Engine Twin-turbocharged, 32-valve, DOHC VVT, 3.8-liter V-8
Horsepower 592 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 457 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Lubrication Dry sump
0 to 60 mph 2.8 seconds
0 to 124 mph 8.4 seconds
Top speed 201 mph (roof up) and 196 mph (roof down)
Suspension double wishbones front and rear with adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars
Steering Rack and pinion
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch SSG semi-automatic transmission
Weight 2,859 pounds (lowest possible)

Further reading

2019 McLaren 600LT Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT.

2019 McLaren 600LT Spider Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider.

As the new McLaren 600LT Spider enters production, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is aiming to inspire prospective owners at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show with a specially curated design, adding visual excitement in the form of an accented bespoke treatment in a tribute to the car’s 675LT predecessor.

The Geneva Motor Show car has been designed by MSO to demonstrate how the 600PS convertible can match its single-minded dynamic purpose – shouting to the world through its top-exit exhausts – with a truly individual look that accentuates all the design elements that distinguish a Longtail from other Sports Series variants. With all 600LTs hand-assembled and available only for a limited time, MSO is providing owners with the opportunity to commission a car that will remain not just rare but unique.

The McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO combines colours, finishes and materials that express in heightened form the drama of the 600LT’s aerodynamically-optimised body. The latest MSO creation follows in a tradition of spectacular MSO Bespoke supercars that have made their debut in Geneva over the past few years.

The car’s striking colour palette centres on a Dove Grey body with flashes of Napier Green outlining key design elements of the Longtail concept, from the more pronounced front splitter to the larger rear diffuser. Dove Grey, a solid colour to save weight, provides the perfect canvas on which the shimmering metallic Napier Green accents can stand out. The choice of Napier Green provides a link back to the 600LT’s predecessor, the 675LT, for which Napier Green was one of the original hues. It has been available only as an MSO Bespoke colour since then.

In a first for McLaren road cars, the Napier Green accents are applied using a new technique that sees the paint applied onto a light and flexible film which ensures a premium quality bespoke colour match. The film has previously been used on McLaren 720S GT3 and 570S GT4 race cars and this application typifies MSO’s commitment to new and innovative techniques. The contrast-colour film will be available as a bespoke option in the future.

For the 600LT Spider, the film is applied to the splitter, sills and door inserts as well as the rear diffuser, where the four outer vertical ribs create a highly distinctive look.

The car features the full suite of carbon fibre options, including the MSO Defined Visual Carbon Fibre Front Fender Louvres, the ‘gills’ that have rapidly become one of the most popular options for the 600LT. In another homage to the 675LT, all the Visual Carbon Fibre exterior elements feature a satin finish. The retractable hard-top is MSO Bespoke Carbon Black while the 10-spoke Ultra Lightweight forged alloy wheels have a gloss black finish.

Napier Green is the MSO Bespoke choice for the brake calipers and this provides the inspiration for contrasting stitching and the 12 o’clock mark on the steering wheel inside the cabin. Unique among Sports Series models, the 600LT is also optionally equipped with super-lightweight carbon fibre racing seats, originally developed for the McLaren Senna.

MSO Bespoke additions on show include 600LT headrest embroidery, Alcantara® headlining and steering wheel and a range of MSO ‘surprise and delight’ features for owners to find. These include an accelerator pedal etched with 600LT branding and an MSO dedication plaque.

In addition, the car has been equipped with many of the most popular features from across the Sports Series range including carbon fibre interior upgrade with interior components, door inserts and tunnel sides trimmed in the material, and McLaren Track Telemetry (MTT) with lap time function and three cameras.

Like any Longtail, the 600LT Spider by MSO has been honed for track driving with increased power, reduced weight and optimised aerodynamics for absolute driver engagement, attributes inherited without compromise from the 600LT Coupe.

Endowed with 600PS from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the 600LT Spider is lighter than any rival ensuring remarkable performance, with 0-100km/h (62mph) available in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 324km/h (201mph) with the retractable hard-top in place. With the roof open, top speed falls by just 5mph while the driver’s connection with the car at any speed is made all the more visceral by the V8 engine’s top-exit dual exhausts close behind the occupants’ heads.

“Almost half of 600LT Coupé buyers have benefitted from MSO’s services, so it makes perfect sense to curate our own 600LT Spider to mark its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Our design team relished the opportunity to accentuate the 600LT’s cutting-edge looks and with painstaking attention to detail, including the use of innovative materials, we’ve showcased our craftsmanship too. Few cars deserve MSO’s personalisation more than a McLaren Longtail and we can help our clients realise their visions with a car of their own making.”

Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations.

Prospective McLaren owners can also employ MSO’s expertise to craft their perfect car, but spend too long pondering your 600LT Spider and you may miss out completely. McLaren is building the 600LT Spider for a limited time only.

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