McLaren MSO X
Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.
Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.
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2019 McLaren Senna
A successful race car builder from the 1960s to the 1980s, McLaren began making a name for itself as a road car manufacturer in the early 1990s with the F1. Launched with many benchmarks, including the first carbon-fiber construction, the F1 became one of the most iconic supercars ever made. It was so great that it took McLaren 15 years to gives us a predecessor, the P1, introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Four years have passed, and the McLaren Ultimate Series is entering a new era with a brand-new supercar. Codenamed the P15 and in the rumor mill for a couple of years now, the McLaren Senna was unveiled on December 9, 2017, as the company’s ultimate road-legal race car.
A unique design that brings together styling cues from the P1, 720S, and new aerodynamic features, the Senna bears the name of F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who drove McLaren Formula One cars for six years, from 1988 to 1993.
While the Senna’s aggressive design and aerodynamics aren’t surprising, the fact that it’s not a hybrid comes as a bit of shock. With its predecessor sporting an electric motor, the new Ultimate Series was expected to have a similar layout. The same goes for the interior, which has a standard left-hand-drive configuration, despite prototypes that have a mid-mounted driver’s seat, like the old F1. But this doesn’t make the Senna a less spectacular supercar. On the contrary!
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2019 McLaren 720S GT3
Launched in 2014, the McLaren Super Series included a batch of spectacular sports cars. Alongside the base 650S model, the British firm also launched the higher performance 675LT and the race-spec 650S GT3. Light, fast, and packed with the latest technology, the Super Series became McLaren’s most successful car. However, the British carmaker decided to replace it after only three years on the market. Its successor is called the 720S and boasts improvements in just about any department. It’s been six months since the 720S was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and McLaren announced that a race-spec GT3 version is also underway.
The new 720S GT3 will replace the 650S GT3, a vehicle that scored titles in all major motorsport series, including the Asian Le Mans Series, Australian GT championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour, Blancpain Endurance Cup and Pirelli World Challenge. But it won’t happen right away. Much like the 570S GT4, the 720S GT3 will have a trial season in 2018 and will completely replace the 650S in 2019, when it will be launched for customer teams.
In addition to the new race car, McLaren also announced plans to introduce a new racing program and a one-make GT series for customers. It’s also planning to appoint a network of motorsport retailers which will sell road and track products alongside each other. But more about all of this below.
2018 McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO
Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S is the second addition to the Woking brand’s Super Series line, offering high-end exotic performance and styling in a more accessible package. Indeed, a daily driver supercar makes for a great fit in a place like Dubai, and as such, McLaren just dropped the above-featured one-off as the piece de resistance for this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. Built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the brand’s in-house tuners and creative customization team, it’s dubbed the Zenith Black, and its got a careful selection of styling upgrades both inside and out that are sure to get noticed, even when the local police force consists of hoverbikes and Bugatti Veyrons.
All told, this is an utterly unique creation, as indicated by the “1 of 1” placard inside the cabin. MSO spent an extra 120 hours on top of the usual production process to bring it to life, and overall, we think it looks great. The theme pays homage to the idea of “achievement” in a distinctive fashion – read on to learn exactly what that means.
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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.
2019 McLaren BP23
As a successful race car builder since the 1960s, McLaren’s decision to launch its first road-legal car in the early 1990s made a huge impact on the British firm. Although the F1 was its sole vehicle for many years, and the SLR and then the MP4-12C stood as McLaren’s only offerings during their tenure, 2013 brought both the 650S and the P1. For the very first time, the Brits had two cars in dealerships. A couple of years later and the Super Series expanded to include more versions, while the more affordable Sports Series arrived to complete a trio of nameplates. Come 2017 and McLaren launched the Senna, a successor to the P1. But contrary to spy shots and rumors, the Senna doesn’t have a three-seat layout like the F1, which means that McLaren may be working on another flagship vehicle as we speak.
Okay, it may sound a bit confusing, so let me explain. When word got out of a successor to the P1, reports talked about a car codenamed the P15. It was supposed to be a more radical version of the P1 with a more powerful hybrid drivetrain. Later on, reports started talking about the BP23, also known as the Hyper-GT, a supercar with a three-seat layout with the driver in the middle, just like the F1. With no confirmation that McLaren was actually working on two different cars, the successor to the P1 was eventually believed to be the BP23. Now that the Senna is official, it’s pretty obvious that McLaren had different plans and will launch a new supercar soon. Whether it will hit the market alongside the Senna or go into production after the current model is discontinued remains unclear, but it will most definitely have the three-seat layout and a hybrid drivetrain.
The latter is more likely now that the Senna arrived as a gasoline-only model. McLaren said that half of its models will go hybrid by 2022 and the project should include the flagship models as the Sports Series line needs to remain affordable, thus use V-8 power only. But let’s find out more about the BP23 in the speculative review below.
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2017 McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept
In all the years that the Vision Gran Turismo concepts have been around, McLaren has been one of the few automakers that have yet to unveil a concept for the Gran Turismo video game franchise. It was only a matter of time before it did, and that time has finally come. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, and it is positively spectacular.
It is a bit ironic, though, that the most extreme McLaren I’ve ever seen isn’t actually a real thing. This coming from an automaker that’s known for releasing some mind-bending machinery over the years. That’s just the catch of all these Vision Gran Turismo concepts. They are created exclusively for the Gran Turismo game franchise and without any real-world rules and regulations to hinder them, these automakers go to great lengths to make their concepts as unforgettable as possible. That’s evidently the case here with McLaren’s Ultimate VGT concept. It’s prepared to be a showcase of the kind of cars the company envisions it’s going to produce by 2030. Not that I’m getting excited, but the LMP1-style treatment to the concept does make me wonder if this is the kind of future we can expect. Seeing as it’s already capable of zany creations like the MSO-designed X1 Concept, I wouldn’t put it past these guys to turn this concept into reality 13 years from now. For now, all we can do is enjoy it once Gran Turismo Sport hits shelves in October.
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2018 McLaren 570GT in XP Green By MSO
In the annals of McLaren’s long and rich history in performance cars and motorsport racing, there is perhaps no greater car McLaren has ever produced than the F1. To this day, it’s regarded alongside the Ferrari F40 as the godfathers of modern supercars, a distinction that becomes more and more revered with each passing day. The F1’s history is littered with world records, race wins, and enough achievements to fill up a massive trophy case. But the supercar is also remembered for giving birth to the F1 GT Longtail, one of the most distinctive road cars McLaren has ever built. 20 years after the Longtail first appeared in 1997, McLaren is paying homage to the iconic F1 XP GT Longtail with the introduction of the super limited edition McLaren 570GT XP Green Edition.
McLaren’s MSO division did the brunt of the work in creating this ultra-exclusive, six-unit masterpiece. Beyond the goal of reliving the unmistakable aesthetics of the F1 XP GT Longtail, the exercise of creating this limited edition 570GT boils down to a showcase of MSO’s capabilities as a personalization division. This is the same unit that has given us some pretty memorable iterations in recent memory. Past works like the 650S Coupe Concept, 720S Velocity, and the unforgettable X1 Concept were all created by MSO. The 570GT XP Green Edition isn’t the first of its kind to get the MSO treatment either. But for what it’s worth, it’s the first one to have been inspired by arguably the most famous car McLaren has ever produced. That, in itself, counts for something meaningful and it’s probably the reason why MSO decided to build the 570GT XP Green Edition in such short supply.
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2017 McLaren 570GT by Novitec
The McLaren 570GT is about as unique as any McLaren that’s out on the market today. It’s classified under the company’s Sports Series, but really, it has the credentials of a supercar. It was prepared to be a performance daily driver in the vein of the Porsche 911, and yet it can flex its power in a heartbeat. The 570GT’s varied characteristics is a big part of its appeal, and for all it’s worth, it’s also a big reason why aftermarket tuners have taken a fancy to it. One of these tuners is Novitec and it’s got a dandy new program for the 570GT that helps improve its output numbers to reach levels that essentially puts it in the league of McLaren’s higher-echelon Super Series.
If you have ever followed Novitec’s work, you might remember the tuner has already worked on the McLaren 570S, introducing its program for that car back in December 2016. The blueprint of both kits is pretty similar in a such a way that the scope of Novitec’s modifications falls along the same sections. There are aerodynamic kits, a new set of wheels, suspension upgrades, and of course, engine tweaks that put the 570GT’s output in the vicinity of 650 horsepower, right smack where the 650S resides. It’s not the most encompassing program you’ll ever see, but for a car like the 570GT that can already shine on its own without any assistance, Novitec’s new program is simply all about making a good thing even better.
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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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2020 McLaren SUV
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a McLaren SUV was absurd, a pipe dream for the lunatic fringe that indulged in fevered fantasies about jacked-up sports cars tackling the great outdoors. These days, though, it actually makes a lot of sense. One of the best examples comes from Porsche, which unveiled the mid-size Cayenne back in 2002 and promptly destroyed all expectations by simply cleaning up in sales. So then – it would seem as though demand for a “traditional” sports car ebbs and flows, while the SUV segment continues to entice buyers across the board. No surprise then that a host of manufacturers best known churning out high-end sports cars is turning to the SUV body style as a reliable source of income. Some of the latest to jump on the bandwagon include Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jaguar, and even Lamborghini. Could McLaren be next, and if so, what would a McLaren SUV look like? To find out, we drew up a rendering and did a little daydreaming in the following speculative review.
Before we go any further, it bears mentioning that McLaren has flat out denied any interest whatsoever in the business of building SUVs. Sports cars and supercars are its game, and it’s gonna take something big to change McLaren’s mind in the matter. At the same time, McLaren says it plans on building as many as 15 new models by 2022. So what if one of those was an SUV?
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2017 McLaren 570GT by Wheelsandmore
While the McLaren 570GT is still considered a part of McLaren’s Sports Series line, its status as a premium version of the 570S effectively makes it an entry-level Super Series model. Regardless of where it stands in the pecking order of McLaren’s lineup, the 570 – be it with the ’S’ suffix or the ‘GT’ – is still attracting the aftermarket world. Novitec Rosso has a program for the 570S and now, it’s Wheelsandmore’s turn to present an aftermarket kit for the 570GT that promises power levels amounting to 650 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Since this is Wheelsandmore we’re talking about, the whole program largely revolves around the supercar’s engine and wheels. Very little work was put into the exterior of the 570GT and even less so on the interior. The kit does have suspension upgrades, too, but considering what the 570GT is already capable of in that department, the improvements brought about by the height-adjustable springs are largely to help keep the front spoiler and underbody from getting damaged. Overall, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 570 is a typically efficient and well-developed kit that spells massive improvements for the British supercar.
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2019 McLaren 750LT
After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.
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1993 McLaren F1
The McLaren F1 was unveiled in May 1992 and was the company’s first road-going production car. The idea was born in the late 1980s, when Gordon Murray, the technical director of McLaren’s Formula One, began sketching the F1 as a three-seat supercar. Appointed as head of McLaren Cars in 1991, Murray convinced Ron Dennis to build the vehicle and played a key role in the design of the F1. It was unlike any other supercar launched up to that point. It had a race-inspired design, a three-seat configuration with the driver seat in the middle, and a comfortable ride for a vehicle of its kind. It was also the first production car to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and the first to bring high-tech and expensive materials such as titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and gold under the same roof.
Not only powerful and quick, the F1 was also the world’s fastest production car. Its record endured from 1992 until 2005, when Bugatti unleashed the ludicrous Veyron. The F1 spawned a couple of special-edition models such as the LM and the GT, but it was also used as a base for the GTR race car. Essentially a standard F1 with aerodynamic improvements, the GTR went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its first year on the race track.
Some 25 years have passed since its introduction and the F1 is already considered a classic. Usually changing owners for millions of dollars, the F1 is one of the very few multi-million-dollar supercars built in the 1990s.
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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2016 McLaren 570S by Novitec
A car with the status and capabilities of the McLaren 570S should have plenty of aftermarket tuning programs available to it. But the reality is there aren’t that many, which probably makes this new tuning kit from Novitec that much more appealing. The German tuner is most famous for developing programs for Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis, but it’s also begun putting in the work on McLaren models, most notably the 570S and 540C. Soon enough, a program for the 570GT will also be made available. For now though, the 570S takes center stage with a tuning program that includes engine upgrades amounting to an increased output of as much as 638 horsepower and 507 pound-feet of torque.
Even better, the engine upgrades are actually made up of three stages so 570S owners can choose which power gains suit them the best. All the work on the sports car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine is complemented by modifications on the car’s exterior, suspension, and brake units while a new set of wheels complete the program’s offerings. Put them all together and it’s a pretty comprehensive tuning kit, something that a car like the McLaren 570S deserves.
It is surprising to think that a lot of tuners have yet to take stabs at the 570S when its big brother, the 650S, has already been the recipient of a handful of aftermarket programs. We’ll save our gripes for another day though. The important thing here is that McLaren 570S owners now have a high-profile tuner to go to in the event they want to get more out of their sports cars.
Now about that kit for the McLaren 570GT. When’s that arriving, Novitec?
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