McLaren Special Operations (MSO) reveals 650S Spider ahead of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 25, 2014

Following the positive feedback from the MSO 650S Coupe Concept shown in China, McLaren confirmed production plus for a limited run of bespoke examples of the 650S. Only 50 units of the MSO 650S will be available globally, either as a Coupe or Spider. At the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren will shoe the production car in Spider form.

Inspired by the concept version, the MSO 650S comes with several styling cues such as a number of carbon fiber styling upgrades with satin finish. Moreover, we find MSO Side Blades but also a three-piece rear bumper that includes a carbon fiber centre section.

McLaren says that the MSO 650S will be available in three paint finishes specially developed by the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive. One of the colours is named ‘Papaya Spark’ and represents a modern twist on the McLaren Orange.

‘Agrigan Black’ is a metallic black with a deep ruby red metallic flake, while the ‘Sarigan Quartz’ is a brand new vibrant metallic silver with a subtle golden fusion.

The exterior design of the MSO 650S is completed by the Palladium coloured 10-spoke Super Lightweight alloy wheels featuring a diamond cut effect to the inside edge of each spoke. The wheels are 4 kg lighter over the standard-fit design and feature titanium wheel bolts.

Each lucky customer to get one of the MSO 650S models will also get a Frank Stephenson-signed sketch and a luxury MSO branded leather holdall. This bag is made from stealth black carbon fiber leather and fitted with carbon black handles and stitching, as well as Alcantara lining.

Pricing starts at £252,500 ($430,000 / 314,000 euros) for the MSO 650S Coupé and £272,500 ($463,000 / 340,000 euros) for the MSO 650S Spider, with first deliveries due before the end of the year.

Press Release

McLAREN SPECIAL OPERATIONS CONFIRMS BESPOKE 650S MODEL TO PREMIERE AT GOODWOOD

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed production plans for a run of bespoke examples of the McLaren 650S following the strong reaction to the MSO 650S Coupe Concept shown in China earlier this year. Just 50 examples of the MSO 650S will be available globally, available in either a Coupe or Spider bodystyle. The production car will make its global debut, in Spider form, at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Supercar Paddock, and will be seen in action taking part in the famous Hill run.

The bespoke McLaren Special Operations division was launched in 2011, and offers a full personalisation service for McLaren owners. The dedicated division grew out of McLaren’s Customer Care programme, which goes back 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 roadcar, and continues to look after servicing and maintaining cherished F1s for owners, as well as undertaking personalisation work for all McLaren models.

The MSO 650S carries many of the styling cues over from the original concept, and the team at MSO has worked closely with McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson to further enhance the visual appeal. The exterior of the MSO 650S is fitted with a number of carbon fibre styling upgrades with a satin finish, including extended MSO Side Blades giving a subtle and purposeful look. The three-piece rear bumper includes a carbon fibre centre section, and sits above a more aggressive rear diffuser.

The MSO 650S is available in three paint finishes, specially formulated by the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, all featuring a heavy metallic content. ‘Papaya Spark’ is the modern twist on the famous McLaren Orange and is joined by ‘Agrigan Black’ and ‘Sarigan Quartz’. ‘Agrigan Black’ is a stylish metallic black with a deep ruby red metallic flake, and featured on the original concept, while ‘Sarigan Quartz’ is a new colour for MSO, being shown for the first time at Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is a vibrant metallic silver with a subtle golden infusion.

The exterior design is finished with a set of Palladium coloured 10-spoke Super Lightweight alloy wheels, with a unique diamond cut effect to the inside edge of each spoke. These wheels save 4 kg over the standard-fit design, and are held in place by lightweight titanium wheel bolts.

Inside the cabin, the MSO 650S is upholstered with carbon black leather and Alcantara®, while the stylish satin lacquered carbon fibre detailing extends throughout the driver and passenger zones. In contrast, a gloss finish has been applied to the air vents and handling and powertrain switchgear on the Active Dynamics Panel. A signature dedication plaque mounted to the MSO-branded carbon fibre sill panel completes the enhancements.

Each one of the 50 MSO 650S models will be delivered with a Frank Stephenson-signed sketch and a luxury MSO branded, leather holdall. Handcrafted from stealth black carbon fibre leather, the weekend bag is fitted with complementing carbon black handles and stitching, and an Alcantara® lining.

Pricing starts at £252,500 for the MSO 650S Coupé and £272,500 for the MSO 650S Spider, with first deliveries due before the end of the year.

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