McLaren MSO R Coupe, Spider Were Created For One Lucky Customer

Doris Richards
October 12, 2017

The pair are the latest in a burgeoning business of personally-commissioned McLarens from MSO, Woking's specials ops division.

We say "based", but with extreme rear wings, pronounced front splitters and the Coupe's roof-mounted air ram, McLaren considers the MSO R models to have enough individual features to mark them out as distinct models in their own rights. Unveiled during the weekend of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the X-1 was produced for an anonymous buyer, which is not unusual for a personal commission. The carbon fiber center stripe is a shared design element, as are the rear wing, dive planes, and Papaya Orange exterior details.

The 650S MSO R and MSO R Spider differ from regular versions of the cars thanks to a unique Liquid Silver exterior color, exposed carbon fiber components, Delta Red pinstriping, black 5-spoke black wheels and MSO R badges and branding. McLaren Special Operations is now seeing an increasing number of customers enquiring about bespoke and unique cars. Both cabins feature Alcantara® trim material throughout. Primarily in black with red stitching, the theme is reversed for the seats, which are red with black stitching and feature an MSO R logo embroidered in black on the headrest.

Its interior has been suitably hosed in Alcantara, with the steering wheel getting a centre stripe.


This MSO Personal Commission did not stop at visual and design changes.

Like the MSO HS commission from previous year, the MSO R models are based on the 675LT but use blueprinted (with the cylinder heads machined further) versions of its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre M838TL V8 engine. Its 679bhp is just 13bhp up on the 675LT, yet the pair of MSO R engines haven't just had an ECU tweak: there are hand polished heads and exhaust ports, and a unique exhaust system with titanium end pipes. A bespoke instrument cluster display with shift lights is also present.

Both cars are destined for one customer and are technically identical apart from their different lids and accompanying rear sections.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER