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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Will Semi-Autonomous Features And Hybrid Power Ruin The Pleasure Of Driving A McLaren?
The supercar segment is doing quite well these days, with expanded offerings across the board, from hardcore track killers, to everyday sports cruisers. McLaren is staying active, with plans to hybridize its lineup and add new autonomous driving features. But is it the right move for the supercar maker?
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One-Off McLaren 720S By MSO Raises $650,000 For Children’s Charity
While just about any McLaren model in standard trim is truly a sight to behold, the experts over at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) have a way of making these machines even more attractive. And that’s exactly what happened with this one-of-one 720S coupe, which comes draped in unique paint and gets decked out in a plethora of carbon bits. One McLaren fan was so smitten, they paid $650,000 to get their hands on it, well over twice the car’s starting MSRP. And that’s a good thing, because proceeds went to benefit a children’s charity.
The car was recently auctioned off at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, where it raised money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. The car was originally equipped in the Luxury specification (as opposed to the base model or Performance spec). From there, MSO added a host of optional equipment, including loads of carbon fiber bits for the interior and exterior. However, the most eye-catching feature is the Nerello Red paint found on the body panels, so named after a type of grape found in the Mascali area of Sicily – appropriate for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, no?
Inside, the 720S comes equipped with Saddle Brown leather upholstery punctuated by Nerello stitching. There’s also a customized steering wheel sporting some Carbon Black leather hand grips.
As a reminder, the McLaren 720S comes from the factory with a carbon fiber chassis for low weight, as well as a 4.0-liter V-8 for motivation. The powerplant is pumped up by a double-dose of turbocharging to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The run to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph. MSRP starts at $287,745.
Zero-Mile Mclaren 650S Sprint For Sale
Are you in the market for a McLaren 650S Sprint? If you are, you’re in luck because an all-black 650S Sprint is on sale in Sweden. Even better, it’s completely brand new, as shown by an odometer that has 0 miles in it. You’ll need to pay £245,000 ($343,000) to buy it, and there’s the matter of actually transporting it from Sweden to wherever you are in the world, of course. Fortunately, the listing says that “transport can be arranged” for the car, though you are going to need to pay a little extra for that.
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.
ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!
The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm EST. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.
The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!
Update 12/8/2017: This short article was updated with proper Eastern time zone format and a new title. Check back with us Saturday evening to get the scoop on the new McLaren Ultimate Series car
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.
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.
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McLaren Just Built a Three-Seat 720S to Preview its Successor to the P1
While the McLaren P1 was a fantastic supercar in just about any department, many die-hard fans felt that it missed an essential feature: the three-seat layout of the iconic F1. McLaren apparently took note of this complaint and confirmed that its next hypercar will have three seats and the driver will sit in the middle, just like in a Formula One car. Described as a hyper GT and often referred to as the BP23 or the P15, McLaren’s new flagship is still a mystery as far as design and drivetrain go. But the Brits just unveiled an early version of its cockpit in a modified version of the 720S.
Earlier today McLaren posted a photo on Facebook showing a 720S supercar wrapped in swirly, black and white camouflage. Nothing out of the ordinary if you ignore the wrap, but things become a bit unusual when you look at the windscreen and notice the driver and the steering wheel placed in the middle of the cockpit. Another image, this time from the inside, shows the mule being driven on a race track, once again with the driver sitting in the rather unusual position for a road-legal vehicle. Although McLaren didn’t have much to say about it, it’s pretty obvious that we’re being given a sneak peek of the upcoming supercar’s interior.
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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 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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