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.
McLaren created the new 650S Spider as an open-top high performance sports car with the same levels of performance, handling and driver enjoyment as the 650S Coupe. Featuring a two-piece retractable hard top, the new 650S Spider is unveiled in Tarocco Orange, a new color finish developed with technology partner AkzoNobel.
As expected, the new McLaren 650S Spider is mechanically identical to the 650S Coupe. This means that just like the 650S Coupe, the 650S Spider is powered by the McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine that could deliver 650 PS (641 bhp) of max output and 678 Nm (500 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. When sprinting from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph), the 650S Spider is as quick as the 650S Coupe, at 3.0 seconds.
When dashing from nil to 200 km/h (124 mph), the 650S Spider is around 0.2 second slower than the 650S Coupe, at 8.6 seconds. With a stop speed of 329 km/h (204 mph), the 650S Spider consumes 11.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.2 mpg on the EU combined cycle) and emits 275 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Interestingly, most of McLaren’s rivals don’t create open-top iterations of their high-performance models no thanks to the issues hounding convertible versions. They are heavier with less torsional rigidity, which greatly disadvantages handling and ride.