McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed production plans for a run of bespoke examples of the McLaren 650S following what the company says was a strong reaction to the MSO 650S Coupe Concept shown in China earlier this year.
Just 50 examples of the MSO 650S will be available globally, available in either a coupe or spider bodystyle. The production car will make its global debut, in spider form, at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Supercar Paddock, and will be seen in action taking part in the famous Hill run.
The bespoke McLaren Special Operations division was launched in 2011, and offers a personalisation service for McLaren owners. The dedicated division grew out of McLaren’s customer care programme, which goes back 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 roadcar.
The MSO 650S carries some of the styling cues over from the original concept, and the team at MSO says it has worked closely with McLaren design director, Frank Stephenson to further develop the visual styling. The exterior is fitted with a number of carbon-fibre styling upgrades with a satin finish, including extended MSO side blades. The three-piece rear bumper includes a carbon-fibre centre section, and sits above a more aggressive rear diffuser.
The exterior design is finished with a set of Palladium-coloured 10-spoke alloy wheels, with a diamond cut effect to the inside edge of each spoke. McLaren says these wheels save 4 kg over the standard-fit design, and are held in place by lightweight titanium wheel bolts.
Inside the cabin, the special edition is upholstered with carbon black leather and Alcantara, while the satin lacquered carbon-fibre detailing extends throughout the driver and passenger zones. In contrast, a gloss finish has been applied to the air vents and handling and powertrain switchgear on the “Active Dynamics Panel”.
Each one of the 50 MSO 650S models will be delivered with a Frank Stephenson-signed sketch and a MSO branded, leather holdall. First deliveries are due before the end of the year.