McLaren has unveiled the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 on the opening day of this year’s Dubai motor show.
The special edition model lines up alongside the 570S coupe and a customised example of the P1 as McLaren showcases the recently announced three model tiers – the Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series – in the region together for the first time.
Developed by McLaren Special Operations – the division of the company responsible for customisation – the car is being made available only for Middle East customers.
“‘Al Sahara’ translates from the Arabic for desert, and the crisp pearlescent white gold paintwork has a subtle shimmer, inspired by the golden sands which form such a distinctive part of the Middle Eastern landscape. This unique paint finish is achieved through the addition of 24 carat gold particles. The precious metal, associated with opulence and luxury throughout the region has an atomic number of 79,” explain the designers.
Contrasting detailing on the exterior includes a retractable hard top and forged alloy wheels finished in gloss black. Carbon-fibre is used for the side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser, while full-length carbon-fibre MSO-branded ‘side blades’ feature on the flanks. A fully custom-zoned interior features black and white leather seats with contrasting stitching, with the Al Sahara 79 paint scheme carried through to the steering wheel, centre console and door panels around the heating and ventilation controls. A dark golden finish has been applied to all switchgear and heating vents.
Power comes from the same mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine seen in the 650S coupe and 650S spider, producing 641 bhp at 7,250rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque. Performance and economy figures remain unchanged, with zero to 62 mph reached in 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph, while achieving 24.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 275 g/km.
McLaren says the Middle East currently boasts one of the highest levels of MSO customisation globally, with more than 25 per cent of all models bound for the region containing an element of bespoke content.