2019 McLaren 720S Spider by MSO
The McLaren 720S Spider is the roofless version of one of the most revered models in McLaren’s Super Series. McLaren’s Special Operations division (MSO) brought a one-off 720S Spider to the Geneva Motor Show to show off the kind of modifications possible with a run-of-the-mill 720S Spider. The result is a tri-color beast with tons of exposed carbon fiber.
Are we getting to the point when personalization has gone too far? Henry Ford used to say that you could have any color on your Ford Model T as long as the color was black. Now, every luxury manufacturer brags about its "nearly infinite" choices, and depending on how deep are your pockets, each is willing to open before you a whole world of options. The MSO division offers multiple worlds, one for each of McLaren’s models, and the 720S Spider has just joined this exclusive group at the Geneva Motor Show.
2019 McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO
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:2019 McLaren 600LT by MSO 2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition McLaren 720S Velocity MSO Special Edition
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.
2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept
It’s been only three months since McLaren unveiled the Senna as a successor to the P1, and the British firm has already confirmed that it will build a GTR version of the supercar. The announcement was made at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where McLaren also unveiled a concept version of the upcoming track car. Called the Senna GTR, it follows in the footsteps of the P1 GTR as a track-only vehicle built in very limited numbers.
The GTR was unveiled only a couple of months after McLaren chief Mike Flewitt said that the firm wants to race the Senna at Le Mans. This version of the GTR won’t be able to do that due to existing FIA regulations and the fact that it’s being designed as a customer car, but McLaren will use the lessons it learns from this model to develop a proper Le Mans entry. But, before that happens in 2020, the production version of this concept car will arrive in 2019. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
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The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.
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McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue Shows Off Just What McLaren Special Operations can Do
The second-generation Super Series, more commonly knows as the 720S, was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as a successor to the already iconic 650S. One year has passed, and the 720S returns to Switzerland as a showcase car for the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division. Created to provide customers with almost endless customization possibilities, MSO is now a common option on almost all McLarens. Be it a special paint or bespoke stitching inside the cabin, MSO has left its mark on almost every 720S built to date. And, this supercar finished in Atlantic Blue, showcases both the boundless extent of MSO’s bespoke craftsmanship and the MSO Defined range of personalization choices.
McLaren Senna Goes Wild with GTR Concept in Geneva
The new McLaren Senna supercar is so radical in terms of aerodynamics that it’s hard to believe the Brits can squeeze more out of it. But it is possible, and the Senna GTR Concept that the automaker just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show proves just that. And, more importantly, McLaren just confirmed that the concept car previews a production model.
2018 McLaren Senna ’Carbon Theme’
Unveiled in late 2017, the Senna is the most radical supercar McLaren has built to date. Although it’s a bit less powerful than the P1, mostly because it doesn’t have an electric motor, the Senna surpasses everything the British firm has launched so far thanks to its extreme aerodynamics. And, it’s not just a benchmark for McLaren; it’s a big step forward for the entire supercar industry. The vehicle was named accordingly too, wearing the name of Formula One’s greatest driver, Ayrton Senna. With the Senna barely in production as of March 2018, McLaren has launched a limited-edition model called Carbon Theme.
Developed by McLaren Special Operations as part of five individual themes, the Carbon Theme is pretty much a bare carbon-fiber Senna. While this isn’t exactly new — the Senna itself is made of carbon-fiber almost entirely — this vehicle shows off its lightweight, composite construction with a transparent finish. The Carbon Theme also introduces the company’s new Hybrid Carbon Fiber wheels, which are made from forged aluminum and carbon-fiber, a design that makes them 10 percent lighter than the standard Senna wheels. Let’s find out more about it below.
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McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce
When it unveiled the Senna back in December 2017, McLaren omitted some of the supercar’s performance facts. Needless to say, the Senna was downright spectacular even without those figures to run by, but McLaren just released a batch of new information that proves this supercar is as quick as it looks.
2018 McLaren 720S Velocity
McLaren’s double dose of debuts came as a surprise when the highly anticipated arrival of the 720S supercar was shortly followed by the introduction of the 720S Velocity, a bespoke creation by McLaren Special Operations meant to showcase the enormous personalization opportunities that are on the horizon for the British automaker’s next great wonder machine.
The arrival of the 720S marked the next step in the evolution of McLaren’s Super Series, a family of supercars that sprouted from the seeds of automotive engineering with the debut of the MP4-12C back in 2011. Since then, the Super Series family has grown to include the 650S, the 675LT, and the 650S GT3. The 720S serves as the replacement for the 650S after the latter’s three-year run in the market and just as appealing as that car was with MSO’s involvement with the 720S proving to be just as enthralling under the carefully thought of eye of the personalization division.
The 720S Velocity is unlikely to be the only 720S model that MSO will be working on in its life span. More versions will come, either through future owners of the new supercar or through McLaren itself. But the 720S Velocity accomplishes something that shouldn’t go understated. It’s setting the bar incredibly high for future 720S models that will pass through MSO. It’s combination of exclusive exterior colors and finely tailored interiors all make for a car that brings out a unique personality to the 720S, which of course is what MSO is all about in the first place.
It won’t come cheap by any means, but that comes with the territory of having MSO work on a car that by itself will cost just under $300,000 when it becomes available in the U.S. Yes, the price of personalization doesn’t come cheap. But if the car ends up looking like the 720S Velocity, money becomes a small price to pay for the rewards that come after.
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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 720S Velocity Is The First MSO Special-Edition Super Series
It’s been only 24 hours since McLaren introduced the second-generation Super Series at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and the British firm has already unveiled the first special-edition model customized by MSO (McLaren Special Operations).
That didn’t take long, huh?
Called the 720S Velocity, this special model stands out immediately thanks to its bespoke two-tone paint. The front and upper body panels are finished in Nerello Red, a brand-new color, while the sides and the rear of the car are wrapped in Volcano Red. The combination creates a fade out effect from front to rear, a first for an MSO-created McLaren. The unique paint job is complemented by Metallic Bronze alloy wheels and a range of clear carbon-fiber elements, including the rear deck vent, the rear aero bridge, and the sill covers.
Once inside, we are greeted by Carbon Black Alcantara trim, Harissa Red leather inserts, and matching highlights on the dashboard, steering wheel, door panel, and sports seats. The headlines and the B-pillars are covered in Carbon Black Alcantara with Harissa Red contrast stitching.
The drivetrain is identical to the standard model, meaning that motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Derived from the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 from the previous Super Series, the 4.0-liter unit is 41-percent new and generates 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes "less than three seconds," while the 124-mph benchmark comes in "less than eight" seconds, according to McLaren. Top speed is now rated at a mind-boggling 212 mph.
The Velocity costs around £335,000 (about $406,960) depending on options, which represents a £126,400 (around $153,580) premium over the standard 720S. McLaren says it’s just one of five MSO themes prepared for the new Super Series, with the other four being named GT, Pacific, Track, and Stealth.
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McLaren 720S Wows Geneva with Aggressive Design and P1-like Performance
Introduced in 2014, but with its roots tracing back to 2011, the Super Series is McLaren’s old surviving sports car. Based around the 12C between 2011 and 2014, it was redesigned into the 650S, which also spawned several versions, including the bonkers 675LT. It’s been three years since the first-gen Super Series saw the light of day, and McLaren has just launched the second-generation model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new sports car goes by the name 720S and was redesigned from the ground up, as well as fitted with a significantly revised drivetrain.
Styling-wise, the 720S is a pretty radical departure from the 650S. The nose is more aggressive and the headlamps are rather unconventional, being sunk deep into the fascia and black-colored recesses. The main lamps and the LED daytime running lights are separate units now. Although different if taken inch by inch, the car’s profile is actually very similar to the 650S, having an almost identical beltline. What makes it different is the absence of radiator intakes. This function is now carried out by the "double-skin" aerodynamic design of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the engine. Around back, the 720S is a totally different beast. The extremely slim taillights give the car a frowning appearance, while the diffuser seems borrowed from a race car. The exhaust is different too, with the pipes mounted high in the fascia.
The interior is also new, featuring a combination of fine leathers, machined aluminum, and carbon-fiber. By far the most revolutionary item is the new McLaren Driver Interface, which includes a folding instrument cluster and an infotainment screen with optimized controls.
Motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Derived from the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 that powers just about any McLaren since 2011, the 4.0-liter unit is 41-percent new and cranks out 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That’s 70 horsepower more than the 650S and a 44-horsepower increase compared to the 675LT. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes "less than three seconds," while the 124-mph benchmark comes in "less than eight" seconds. While these figures aren’t very revealing, expect the 720S to be at least a tenth-second quicker than the 650S. Top speed is now rated at 212 mph.
But the 720S isn’t just fast. The tech behind the revised engine also enables it to consume 10.7 liters per km combined. I might sound like a lot compared to a compact, but it’s actually a solid figure for a track-ready supercar.
The 720S also features a new architecture based around a new carbon-fiber tub and upper structure, called the McLaren Monocage II. Extremely strong and rigid, it also lightweight and makes the 720S a very dynamic vehicle. A range of aluminium alloys are also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels.
The supercar is already available for purchase in three different trim levels with pricing set at £208,600 before options in the U.K., but U.S. pricing information is not yet available.
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