McLaren set to highlight brand growth at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2016

McLaren Automotive revealed that it will be displaying its full three-tier model line-up during the Geneva Motor Show which highlights this British brand’s growth. Included in the exhibit is the bespoke 675LT Spider which will be the first time it is shown to the public after being sold out for weeks.

There will also be McLaren Special Operations’ carbon fiber tribute for the McLaren P1 as the brand had stopped the production of this model. This will be the fourth time that the brand has participated in this auto show and it is its largest presence by far. The exhibit will also include the 650S GT3 racing car which the brand has just confirmed.

It will also present the new model for the Sports Series family, details of which have yet to be announced. The exhibit can be seen on Stand 6040 at Hall 6. The carbon fiber McLaren P1 is the latest project completed by the MSO Bespoke division of McLaren Special Operations.

The carbon fiber body is hand-laid and has a bespoke ‘Lio Blue’ tinted lacquer. There were 375 road legal version made and they show the level of tailoring and the craftsmanship that McLaren owners expect. The one being displayed on the auto show is the first to be made public after the brand made it available early this year to McLaren P1 customers.

In addition to the full carbon fiber body, MSO also put in a retrim of the cabin through a carbon black Alcantara with a blue stitching contrast. Paying tribute to the McLaren F1 is the 24-carat gold exhaust heatshield. Finally a gloss black finish was done to its wheels. McLaren will also be unveiling during the same auto show the 675LT Spider.

Though only 500 units were made, all of them have been accounted for. The bespoke variant made by MSO is a one-off example of the same Spider honed on the tracks. The team used a Ceramic Grey finish from the MSO Defined range. They also used a higher level of carbon fiber compared to the standard model.

The satin carbon fibre retractable hardtop can be activated even when the car is running at 40 km/h. The same is true with the tonneau and with the retractable hardtop, which both result to savings of 1 kg. Meanwhile the front wings have carbon fibre louvres.

Finished in the same color as its body is the upper surface of the ‘Longtail’ Airbrake while the lower portion has a natural carbon fibre weave. The front bumper end plates are more aerodynamic and are finished in visual carbon. The rear bumper, side skirts, and side intakes have also been finished in visual carbon.

The racing seats have been trimmed in black Alcantara and contrasted with the Xenon Yellow stitch. The Active Dynamics Panel contains the rotary Handling and Powertrain controls which are finished with Solis, a color unique to the 675LT Spider.

The gold detail can be seen in the exposed engine bay that has the 24-carat gold heatshield that surrounds its titanium exhaust system. MSO’s 675LT Spider retains the awesome performance especially with the twin turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that delivers 675 PS (666 bhp) with maximum torque of 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.).

With this, the 675LT Spider can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds. It can go from 0 to 200km/h (124mph) within 8.1 seconds. Top speed has been measured at 326 km/h (204mph).

Press Release


McLaren Automotive will attend the Geneva Motor Show for the fourth time this year with its largest ever stand in a new location, showcasing the largest range of models from the full three-tier model line-up. Among the headlines, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will pay a carbon fibre tribute to the McLaren P1™ which recently ceased production. MSO has also created a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider which makes its first public appearance at the show after selling out in weeks. They will line up alongside the recently-confirmed 650S GT3 racing car and a still-to-be-announced addition to the Sports Series family on Stand 6040, Hall 6. It will be the largest motor show presence of McLaren to date, underlining the growth of the proudly independent British sports car brand.

The latest customer project completed by the team at McLaren Special Operations, through its MSO Bespoke division, showcases the craftsmanship and levels of tailoring available to all McLaren owners. The McLaren P1™ by MSO, one of the 375 road legal versions produced, is presented with a full visual carbon fibre body which has been hand-laid, with a bespoke ‘Lio Blue’ tinted lacquer. The Geneva Motor Show marks the first time the full visual carbon fibre body conversion has been displayed publicly after it was made available to McLaren P1™ customers earlier this year. Other key upgrades completed by MSO include a gloss black finish to the wheels, an extensive retrim of the interior with carbon black Alcantara® and contrasting blue stitching, and a 24-carat gold exhaust heatshield in a homage to the McLaren F1.

Making its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 675LT Spider is limited to only 500 examples worldwide, with each model already accounted for. The team at MSO has developed a one-off example of the track-honed Spider finished in Ceramic Grey from the MSO Defined range with even greater levels of carbon fibre than the standard model. The satin carbon fibre retractable hardtop and tonneau can be operated at speeds up to 40km/h (25mph) and saves 1kg, while the front wings include carbon fibre louvres. The ‘Longtail’ Airbrake is finished in body colour on the upper surface with the lower plane shows the natural carbon fibre weave, while the aerodynamic front bumper end plates, side skirts, side intakes and rear bumper are also finished in visual carbon. A pair of black Alcantara® trimmed racing seats include contrasting Xenon Yellow contrast stitch with the rotary Handling and Powertrain controls on the Active Dynamics Panel finished in Solis, a unique colour to the 675LT Spider. The gold detailing is also visible through the exposed engine bay with a 24-carat gold heatshield around the titanium exhaust system.

Performance for the 675LT Spider by MSO remains unchanged, with the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine generating 675PS (666bhp) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque. These figures accelerate the 675LT Spider from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 2.9 seconds, zero to 200km/h (124mph) in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 326km/h (204mph).

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