There’s a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!
While most Valentine’s Day gifts usually consist of flowers, chocolates, or gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (I don’t have time, ok!), somebody in this great, big world of ours decided to go big with his present. Instead of getting one of those oversized teddy bears, this “incurable romantic” decided to commission McLaren’s MSO personalization division by building him a custom, one-off McLaren 570S Spider that’s dripping in the colors of the day: red, red, and more red.
McLaren Special Operations Creates Special Paint with Family History
McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division is capable of creating some of the most visually arresting iterations of McLaren models you’ll ever see. Models like the 720 Velocity, 650S Project Kilo, and 720S Zenith Black are all good examples of MSO’s personalization skills. That level of creativity also helps the division create unique colors that have backstories of their own. Recently, MSO decided to tap into the roots Bruce McLaren to create a color that had ties to the life of the company’s founder. And so, the Muriwai White shade was born.
2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider
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.
A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More
This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.
Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.
While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.
What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.
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Car Throttle Drives Triple Turbo McLaren, Expletives Are Uttered
What do you get when you hand a supercar and lots of money over to a competent tuner? The answer should be obvious – pure, unadulterated automotive excess. Indeed, that’s exactly what our friends over at Car Throttle encountered after getting behind the wheel of this McLaren from HyperCar Development. Based out of Southern California, HyperCar Development specializes in turning your everyday McLaren supercar into some kind of mad, otherworldly mega machine, as evidenced by the triple-boosted 12C featured in the above 6-minute video.
In case you were wondering, “triple-boosted” is a reference to the third turbocharger HyperCar Development added to the stock twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. The trio of snails combine to produce as much as 1,200 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 2.4-second run to 60 mph, 3.5 seconds to 100 mph, and a quarter mile time in the low 8’s. Top speed is electronically limited to 270 mph. Pricing for the package is set at $129,900, but if you’re still craving more power, the tuner says it has a 1,500-horsepower package coming soon, with the goal being a whopping 300 mph at the top end. Because of course. You can check out HyperCar Development’s website here, but in the meantime, check out the vid to see the triple-boosted 12C out in the canyons of Los Angeles.
2018 McLaren 570S Spider
Introduced in 2015, the McLaren 570S brought the British firm into a new era. Not only it completed a three-car lineup, a first for McLaren, but it also became the company’s most affordable vehicle yet. Available in two versions with different outputs, the 570S also spawned a GT model with additional cargo space, softer suspension and improved insulation for touring enthusiasts. Come 2017, and the 570S had its roof chopped off (not literally, of course) to become the 570S Spider.
Unlike its siblings, the 570S Spider didn’t benefit from a glamorous unveiling at an auto show, but the drop-top supercar is just as important as any other McLaren. With the 570S giving the British firm access to a new niche, one that includes the iconic Porsche 911, the Spider now gives McLaren a weapon against the 911 Cabriolet and the Audi R8 Spyder. We will see the sports car in the metal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then let’s have a closer look at the design and the spec sheet.
Updated 07/25/2017: McLaren dropped a series of new images for the new 570S Spider showing the car in three new colors: Curacao Blue, Sicilian Yellow and Vega Blue.
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2018 McLaren 720S
After three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series was replaced by a redesigned model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed 720S, the core member of the second-generation Super Series has been thoroughly redesigned inside and out and gained a revised, larger V-8 engine.
Introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the 12C, the company’s first mass-produced sports car, the McLaren Super Series has had a successful three of years on the market as of 2017. It spawned several road-going and race-spec versions, including the 650S, 675LT, and 650S GT3, forming the brand’s most comprehensive family of vehicles yet. But, despite its success and tremendous performance, McLaren decided to give the Super Series a makeover and launch the brand-new 720S in 2017.
Codenamed P14, the successor to the 650S is the first new model in McLaren’s new business plan, which includes a £1-billion investment for 15 new products by 2022. Built around a new carbon-fiber tub called the Monocage II, the second-gen Super Series ditched the company’s ubiquitous 3.8-liter V-8 for a new, 4.0-liter unit. Design-wise, The 720S is a significant departure from the 650S and incorporates radical active aerodynamics, as well as loads of new technology in the cockpit.
As you’d expect from a new-generation supercar, the 720S is lighter, faster, and even more dynamically capable than its predecessor. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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McLaren 650S Takes On Lamborghini Huracán: Video
When you’re lining up a drag race between two supercars, it’s always best to have both cars be equal in terms of their power and performance numbers. Not only does it make for an even race, but it also helps answer questions on which car is faster to 60 mph or which car is faster to get to its top speed. In the case of this race between the McLaren 650S Spider and the Lamborghini Huracán, all the variables are there, except for the fact that the McLaren doesn’t have a roof.
Still, the two cars are considered direct rivals, and the while the McLaren has to make do with a retractable roof, it makes up for it by having more power than the Huracán. The 650S has 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque whereas the Huracán has 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of twist. Based on these numbers, the 650S has the advantage. That said, the Huracán is all-wheel drive whereas the 650S is rear-wheel drive. That helps the Lamborghini launch off the line quicker than the McLaren. It’s a clean and even race through and through, right?
Well, check out the video to see how the actual race unfolded. I’m not going to spill the details on who won, but based on the details about both cars, don’t be surprised to see, well, a few surprises. In the end, it really doesn’t matter because both the McLaren 650S and the Lamborghini Huracán are awesome supercars. You could pick one and I’d be happy with the other. It’s just that sometimes, there’s a need for bragging rights and in this case, the winner certainly deserved it.
McLaren 650S Drives Along Japan’s Scenic Hakone Turnpike: Video
Some have called the Hakone Turnpike in Japan as one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the world. It rests on the base of the Izu Peninsula and winds up to almost 3,300 feet from sea level, cutting through a breathtaking scenery of woodlands and Japense cherry blossoms. The road is smooth with plenty of sweeping curves that make for an incredible joyride atop the summit. Recently, McLaren brought a 650S Spider to the Hakode Turnpike to film a glorious video of the British supercar driving up one of the Japan’s most famous roads.
Mere descriptions of the car driving along the Hakone Turnpike don’t do justice to what you’re about to see. Suffice to say, it’s probably one of the best and most relaxing car videos we’ve seen all year. It features the glorious sound of the 650S Spider’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine piercing the tranquil scenery and joined by a soft yet effective background music that highlights the road and views ahead.
In a country dominated by its own lineup of sports cars and performance cars, watching a McLaren 650S Spider conquering the Hakone Turnpike might be a little jarring to some. But give it a chance. Crank up the speakers, sit back, and watch the video. There’s a lot to be said for something that can take your mind away from the stress of everyday life. So trust me when I say that the video you’re about to see is one of those times.
Enjoy it for what it’s worth because it’s hard to piece together a ride as inspiring as this one.
2016 McLaren MSO Carbon Series LT
The McLaren 675LT was launched in 2015 as a higher performance version of the 650S. Named the LT as a tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR "Long Tail," the 675LT is the quickest and most powerful member of the Super Series family. It is also the most exclusive, being built in a limited edition of only 500 units. A targa-top, Spider version was also launched, also limited to 500 examples, and both versions sold like hot cakes.
With the car still in production as of June 2016, but with no way to buy it, McLaren is rubbing more salt into the wound by launching an even more exclusive version of the 675LT. Dubbed Carbon Series LT, this new sports car is based on the 675LT Spider and was inspired by the carbon-bodied P1 the British firm unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The special-edition model is limited to only 25 units and, as it usually goes with such vehicles, all have been purchased by loyal customers already.
Production of the Carbon Series LT will begin this autumn at the McLaren Special Operations shop. First deliveries are expected before the end of 2016. McLaren didn’t say whether the Carbon Series LT will also get a coupe version, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this all-carbon Spider model.
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Shmee150 Gets His First Drive Of The McLaren 675LT Spider: Video
Tim Burton, better known as Shmee150 in the supercar world, is one of those people who have found his purpose in life. Like most of us, that purpose involves being surrounded by some of the finest supercars in the world. But Burton has taken it to a new level. Not only has he become a celebrity for his frequent “vlogging” of anything related to supercars, but he’s also accumulated a pretty impressive lineup of exotics that he proudly calls his own.
Apparently, his latest prized supercar is the McLaren 675LT Spider, which he says he is on the verge of receiving from McLaren. But before he gets a chance to sit inside his own 675LT Spider, he managed to spend some quality time with another 675 LT Spider during his recent visit to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for McLaren’s press launch with the new 570GT. This guy has some kind of life, doesn’t he?
So this is Burton’s first drive of the McLaren 675LT Spider and, as always, the outspoken YouTube celebrity had plenty to say of his impressions of the car. Not surprisingly, he didn’t waste anytime gushing over the car considering that he already has a 675LT Coupe to call his own. I don’t want to detail every moment of the video because Shmee150 is always entertaining to watch.
2017 McLaren 675 LT Spider
At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren launched the 675LT, a modified version of the 650S that paid homage to the F1 "Longtail." Slightly longer than the 650S, revised aerodynamically, and equipped with a more powerful engine, the 675LT was limited to only 500 units and became a hit, selling out in just two months after its official debut. Although the original "Longtail" wasn’t offered in a drop-top configuration, McLaren went ahead and chopped the roof off the 675LT in order to give enthusiasts a more powerful and exclusive option to the already exhilarating 650S Spider.
Set to go on sale next year, the 675LT Spider will find its way to customers starting summer 2016, most likely as a 2017 model in the U.S.. Production will commence as soon as McLaren builds all 500 675LTs. The 675LT Spider is the seventh member of the Super Series family, which already includes the 650S, 625C, 650S Le Mans, and the track-only 650S GT3.
As expected, the convertible shares most of its exterior design with the coupe, while the drivetrain is identical. Although heavier than the coupe, the 675LT Spider is just as fast, being quicker than the newly-launched Ferrari 488 GTB. Keep reading for the full specs.
Updated 06/02/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images of the 675LT Spider taken during the car’s media launch in Scotland. Check the "Pictures" section to see the 675LT in all its glory.
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2016 McLaren 675LT Spider By MSO
Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 675LT was developed as a modified version of the 650S that paid homage to the iconic F1 "Longtail." Slightly longer but lighter than the standard model, the 675LT is also more powerful and benefits from more downforce. All told, it’s a track-focused evolution of the 650S, much like the original "Longtail" was to the F1. With all 500 units accounted for in a matter of weeks, McLaren went ahead and chopped the roof off the 675LT in order to give enthusiasts a more exclusive option to the already exciting 650S Spider.
Introduced in late 2015 and scheduled to go under the spotlight at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the 675LT Spider was also set to be built in only 500 examples. Not surprisingly, all units were sold out in just two weeks after it was officially out on sale, meaning that McLaren’s booth in Geneva will actually showcase a model you can no longer purchase. Not exactly a deal breaker given that most of us can’t afford a $370,000+ supercar. Thankfully, the Brits will bring more than just a regular 675LT Spider at the show. In order to celebrate the drop-top’s incredible success, McLaren commissioned MSO to develop a unique version of the supercar, sporting a special paint job and extra carbon-fiber inside and out.
Don’t start looking for your checkbook though, as this bespoke 675LT Spider will most likely be shipped to a new home as soon as the Geneva Motor Show is over.
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If you were at the 2015 Dubai International Auto Show, you would see three customized McLaren models sitting at the company’s booth – a Mclaren 570S, McLaren P1, and an exclusive McLaren 650S Spider named the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79. This custom 650S was developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO,) and built exclusively for the Middle East market as a tribute to McLaren’s most loyal market.
Ian Gorsuch, McLaren Automotive’s Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa, said, “McLaren Automotive is a true pioneer in its approach to the design and development of high performance sports and supercars, and the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO is evidence of that. This truly unique project – our first in the Middle East – is inspired by a region that is home to some of our most loyal customers.”
The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 is said to be inspired by the rich history and culture of the Middle East. Even the name has a meaning related back to the Middle East. “Al Sahara” means Desert when translated from Arabic. “79” is the atomic number of gold – the precious metal that has long been associated with opulence and luxury in the Middle East.
So, now that we know a little about the McLaren 650S Al Sahara 79, or “Desert Gold,” let’s dive into the details and see just what MSO did to this 650S to make it that much more special.
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In 1966, the world of racing birthed the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, a sports car series that offered entrants a good deal of flexibility when it came to technical and mechanical specification. As a result, competitors frequently pushed the limits of go-faster tech, especially in the areas of aerodynamics, forced induction, and lightweight materials. One such innovator was New Zealand-born Bruce McLaren, who entered the championship in its inaugural season, eventually going on to take five consecutive championship titles between 1967 and 1971. Now, five decades later, the automaker that bears Bruce’s name is celebrating that dominating performance with this limited-edition 650S Spider.
“Can-Am racing is a major part of McLaren heritage, and this latest model from MSO pays homage to the cars and the racers who played a key role in making the championship such a spectacle during the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations.
While mechanically unaltered over the standard 650S Spider, the 650S Can-Am does bear a variety of exterior modifications that do well in acknowledging McLaren’s past. But can this modern take really recapture some of those old glories?
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McLaren has confirmed that its entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the current 2016 McLaren 570S and 2016 McLaren 540C, with new Spider and Gran Turismo variants. The roomier Gran Turismo is slated to arrive first in 2017, with a folding-hardtop Spider coming later in the year. Both will be powered by McLaren’s seminal 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 and built around the same MonoCell II carbon tub.
According to a new report, the 570S Spider will have a folding-hardtop mechanism similar to the one in the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider, which should only add about 90 pounds to the 570S hardtop’s 2,895-pound curb weight. Like the coupe, expect the Spider’s V-8 to produce 562 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque. The minimal additional weight shouldn’t affect performance too much, meaning the Spider should get close to the coupe’s 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and top speed of 204 mph. Given the difference in price between the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, expect a premium of about $30,000.
A Sports Series drop-top was pretty much a given, but the Gran Turismo is a bit more of an enigma. Current rumors indicate the new GT body style will make way for more interior space and storage capacity, making it more suitable for long journeys. That being the case, expect the GT’s adaptive damper suspension system to be a bit more compliant, with selectable Normal, Sport and Track handling modes. Performance should be more-or-less on par with the Spider.
According to an earlier report from Automobile, the GT’s additional space will be made possible thanks to an elongated, full-glass roof that stretches over the engine compartment. The interior will also be more opulent, with more leather and Alcantara surfaces and comfier seats. Expected to cost around $185,000, the mid-engine GT could potentially occupy a unique place in a market filled with larger, front-engine grand tourers.
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The Gumball 3000 road rally is scheduled to begin a little later this month, and in anticipation of the off, YouTuber Shmee150 has created a preview video showcasing his personal neon-green 2015 McLaren 650S entry. It’s a brief five-minute piece on the route and car, and should help to stoke the excitement of anyone looking forward to this year’s event.
For those of you out there who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Gumball 3000 is an annual gathering that combines rich and famous VIPs with high-dollar exotica. It’s a celebration of the joys of expensive speed as exhibited through an extended road trip on public roads. Accentuated by flashy parties and a blatant disregard for local speed limits (so I’ve heard), the 3,000-mile journey has been ongoing since 1999, and is notorious for reckless behavior amongst its participants.
The current driver roster for 2015 includes TV-star David Hasselhoff, rapper Bun B, DJ The Alchemist, free-style skier Jon Olsson, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
This year’s Gumball will kick off on May 23rd in Stockholm, where the high-performance caravan will head towards Oslo and Copenhagen before arriving in Amsterdam. The whole rally (including the cars) will then head by plane to Reno, Nevada, followed by a cross over into California towards San Francisco. After SF comes LA, ending with one last party in Las Vegas.
You can check out the official schedule here. If you plan on catching a part of the rally as it passes through your neck of the woods, make sure to bring your camera to capture the hijinks.