McLaren unveiled a one-off Gold - on - Black 720S at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will be on display throughout the entire stretch of this week’s event. The rare showcase is from a special client of the British marque’s bespoke engineering division.
McLaren Special Operations or MSO’s latest project is the 720S coupe in satin black with gold elements that also features gold alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heat shield and some gold stencils at the rear spoiler bearing Bruce McLaren’s famous quote in 1964.
In order to apply its special MSO touches, the bespoke program added some new upgrades which include new rear bumper, air intakes, front splitter and roof panels which have all been replaced with carbon fiber elements.
As for the interior, its elegant features now include gold door trims, some gold gear shift paddles and a gold center band along the steering wheel. The rest of components used on the air vents, sill plates and steering wheel are all made with carbon fiber just as those on the exterior. To further highlight its bespoke features, the heat shield has been coated in 24-carat gold with matching gold inserts for the black leather interior lining.
While MSO’s latest customization took a hundred and twenty hours to complete, some thirty hours have been devoted entirely in customizing the car’s rear wing. Bruce McLaren’s “life is measured in achievement, not in years alone” quote was inscribed on the car’s rear spoiler in Arabic. The full quote taken from the company founder’s self-written account “From the Cockpit” goes like this instead; “To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
Apart from the special color, interior trim specifications and exterior upgrades, all standard features of the 720S have not been changed. In other words, the coupe bears the same 710bhp 4.0- liter turbocharged V8 engine with 212 miles per hour top speed and 2.8 second 0-60mph acceleration as the regular version.
The bespoke McLaren MSO 720S is currently being showcased at the ongoing 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will end this November 18, Saturday. Prior to this, the McLaren 720S owned by entrepreneur Michael Fux was one of MSO’s most recent projects.
Fux’s MSO 720S was revealed at the Concours’ d’ Elegance earlier this year and has caught a bunch of media attention for its eye popping paint color bearing the shades of pink and purple. Interestingly enough, the bespoke division has earned a hundred and forty-three percent in revenue last year showing that there's a growing number of McLaren owners that are really into that very exclusive MSO touch.