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

Doris Richards
Октября 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.

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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.

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