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.
2018 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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McLaren 570GT Gets More Dynamic and Precise with New Sport Pack
Launched in 2016, the McLaren 570GT gave the Super Series lineup a new flavor with a package that’s less track focused and more road trip worthy than the 570S. While most of the styling and the drivetrain are identical to the coupe, the GT gained a side opening cargo hatch above the engine, improved sound insulation, and softer suspension settings. The car was well received by McLaren enthusiasts who wanted a less aggressive sports car, but some requested a more dynamic version of the 570GT. As a result, McLaren introduces the Sport Pack, a bundle of features that makes the GT as sporty and precise as the 570S.
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.
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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The McLaren 720S Goes Flamboyantly Purple as a One-Off at Pebble Beach
What happens when you cram thousands of wealthy people, heaps of amazing cars, and enough events to cover a whole week together? You get the greatest week of the year: the Monterey Car Week. You never know what you’re going to see. With auctions from names like Russo & Steele, Mecum, Gooding & Co., and RM Sotheby’s, there’s a massive guest list that includes some of the greatest cars ever built. But, over at Pebble Beach, things take a completely different turn, with this year bringing cars like the BMW Concept Z4 and Infiniti Prototype 9 into the mix with all of the classic cars. Meanwhile, McLaren has to make its own splash, and it’s doing so this year with a special one-off version of the 720S painted in one of the loudest and intriguing shades of purple that you’ll probably ever see on something with wheels.
The car in question was built by McLaren Special Operations to the exact specifications requested by Michael Fux. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, he’s owned a number of collector cars that include a some special McLaren one-offs like a 12C in McLaren Orange, a 12C Spider in yet another shade of purple, and even a McLaren P1 with an exclusive color of green that has only be used on that specific vehicle. Unlike some McLaren one-offs, this beauty features a bespoke paint color called “Fux Fuchsia” that was developed specifically for Fux by Rolls-Royce and then redeveloped for its application on the 720S by McLaren. So, with that in mind, don’t expect to get your hands on it, as our man Fux owns the exclusive rights to this specific hue – if that’s not exclusive, I don’t know what is. Keep reading to learn about what Mr. Fux requested from McLaren SVO.
Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the sport car’s presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
Brace Yourselves, A Track-Focused Successor To The McLaren P1 Is Coming!
The super competitive world of hypercars can be really amazing. Not only do we get some of the fastest and most powerful driving machines from it, but we also see first-hand how this space has spurred a competitive arms race among automakers. It’s great to see these companies embrace the challenge of innovation and dive in head-first. Take McLaren for example. The British automaker has already given us the P1 hypercar, and now it’s all set to follow that up with a successor that will apparently include a track-focused model that will be faster than the P1.
Word of this development comes by way of Autocar, which is reporting the new model, codenamed P15, will not only be faster than any McLaren model other than the P1 GTR, but it will also be much lighter than its predecessor. In fact, one of McLaren’s intended goals for this model is for it to have a much better power-to-weight ratio than the P1, allowing it to be much faster around the race track than the automaker’s ground-breaking hypercar. The report also says that the P15 will feature the company’s new Monocage II carbon fiber monocoque while also making extensive use of active aerodynamics to allow it to have better performances on a race track. Specific details are expected to be announced as the project advances, although it is being reported at this point that McLaren will only build 500 units of the model featuring just one variant, likely being a coupe, with a price tag of about €700,000, or around $814,000 based on current exchange rates.
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You Can Now Personalize Your McLaren Sports Series With More MSO Upgrades
If you own a model as prominent as a McLaren, you can’t just throw on some aftermarket parts or paint if you want some individualization. I mean, after all, people have literally been killed for less. But, that’s okay, because McLaren Special Operations has your back, and has just announced a whole new range of protective and personalization parts for models from the Sports Series, including the 540C, 570S, and 570GT. The parts don’t only bring the ability for current and new owners to personalize their rides, but also offer a bit of weight savings as well.
To start off, MSO is offering indoor and outdoor car covers, branded floor mats, and branded luggage bin mats. It’s also offering a new front skid plate that will protect the front diffuser should things get a little rough and the front end winds up coming in contact with the pavement. But, what’s more important are the new wheel designs that are available in stealth, silver, and diamond cut finishes, and there’s a new list of lightweight, colored brake calipers to choose from as well. But, on a deeper level, MSI is now offering a full range of carbon fiber parts for the exterior that include the side intakes, mirror casings, side skirts, aero blades, front splitter, rear bumper, rear wing, rear diffuser, and the rear deck and plenum cover. These are offered in three different packs, but can also be purchased individually. The will provide some weight savings over their standard equivalents as well.
But, it doesn’t stop there, either. The interior of the aforementioned models can also be customized with some extra carbon fiber as well. There are four components to choose from, including carbon fiber switch packs with IRIS surround, carbon fiber upper speaker surround, carbon fiber sill finisher with McLaren branding, and carbon fiber side tunnels.
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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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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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2017 McLaren 570S with Track Pack
A lot of people may associate McLaren as a purveyor of exotic cars, but those who know their McLaren history know that the British automaker traces its roots to the race track. This particular information comes in handy when considering the genesis of the automaker’s new Track Pack option for the McLaren 570S.
Introduced in 2015, the 570S was developed specifically to open McLaren up to a range of new customers, specifically those who don’t have the finances to afford any of the brand’s more exotic lineup of supercars. Despite the description though, the 570S is still a menacing piece of machinery that boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, producing 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to propel the sports car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 204 mph.
Clearly, the 570S isn’t lacking in power and performance, but it was developed to be a road car above everything else. That’s a big reason why the new Track Pack option for the 570S is an important addition to owners of the sports car who may want to get more out of their prized beauty when it hits a race track.
The Track Pack does not include any engine upgrades so let’s get that out of the way. What it does have though are subtle aerodynamic additions that not only makes the 570S lighter, but also more in-tune for the race track. It also comes with cosmetic upgrades courtesy of McLaren Special Operations so let’s not forget about those too.
Consider what the McLaren 570S is in “standard” form and think of what it can turn into when it receives the Track Pack. A slimmer, tighter, and more polished 570S? Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?
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2017 McLaren 570S Design Editions
McLaren is no stranger to customization programs, having established divisions like McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and personalization packages like “By McLaren” to give its clientele more options to choose from when they’re making their next McLaren purchases. The By McLaren personalization package doesn’t carry the same esteem as MSO, but McLaren hopes to change all that with the introduction of the 570S Design Editions, five different special edition versions of the 570S that was created to showcase what the company’s designers are capable of doing when you let them run wild on a configurator.
The five versions each come with their own unique features and combinations of body colors, wheels, and interior materials. Each of the five versions is themed around a different color, including the Design Edition 1, which features plenty of exterior and interior features all anchored on different shades of the color red. Other colors are available, including Onyx Black, Storm Gray, Ventura Orange, and Silica White.
Since it is, by definition, a package, the Design Edition personalization program removes the ability of customers to specifically pick and choose which individual features they want to get on their McLarens. That may be a turn-off for those who prefer to infuse their McLarens with their own style, but the benefit of the package being cheaper – any of one of the packages will cost drivers an extra £8,500 ($10,500) – compared to individually adding the tweaks should persuade some customers to opt for the Design Edition packages.
Ultimately, future McLaren 570S owners are still given a choice of picking their own personalized upgrades or letting McLaren’s designers pick the upgrades for them. The Design Edition packages cover the latter and for those who don’t have the time and money to browse through McLaren’s seemingly limitless personalization options, these packages are the next best thing.
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The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event first kicked off three years ago with the mission of bringing the elegance of the 1920s to the present, pairing auto manufacturers with fashion houses to showcase the future of automotive culture. This year, the event is being held on September 4th and promises to be even better than ever. As such, you better believe that McLaren is going to be there, and this year it returns with the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept.
The 570GT by MSO Concept was designed by McLaren Special Operations as the first bespoke example of the 570GT, showcasing a number of special features that will be available on the model. As a less track-focused version of the 570S, the 570GT still has McLarens iconic 3.8-liter V-8 that pumps out 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The 570GT by MSO Concept comes complete with a new Electro-Chromic roof that allows for user-adjustable tints, Saddle Tan upholstery inside to go with a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi audio system. Paired with the standard features found in the standard 570GT, this MSO Concept is literally the most luxurious McLaren ever built.
For the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event this year, McLaren is paired up with avant-garde fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier to take part in a Concept-Cars parade where the 570GT by MSO will be showcased. While everyone was hoping McLaren would up the Ante a little bit for this year, it has actually done very little. In fact, the only change is that the exterior is now finished in Pacific Blue. The gloss black front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and door inserts all carry over from the original concept giving the car a dark, but two-tone appearance.
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