Thanks to the overwhelming response it received when it showed off a Special Operations concept version of the supercar in China, McLaren is putting it into very limited production. Just 50 examples of the MSO 650S will ever be built and each coupé will cost £252,500 ($429,000) while the Spider will add an extra £20,000 ($34,000) to the bill.
But for that outlay, each lucky owner will get a car with unique satin finished carbon fiber exterior detailing including extended side blades and a restyled rear diffuser. Each MSO 650S will also sit on a set of 10-spoke super-lightweight alloy wheels and the choice of three specifically developed exterior paint finishes — Papaya Spark, Agrigan Black and Sarigan Quartz.
Under the hood, however, it’s business as usual. Although the special wheels will shave a full 4kg off the already lightweight supercar, the engine is being left untouched.
Still, with 650PS (641bhp) on tap from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8, both cars are capable of catapulting their owners from standstill to 100kph in just three seconds, so there’s little reason to feel disappointed.
The hardtop coupé can go from 0-200kph in just 8.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 333kph (207mph), while at 8.4 seconds for the 0-200kph dash and a top speed of 329kph, the open top Spider is a fraction slower yet a lot more dramatic.
Inside, the cabin blends both gloss and satin finished black carbon fiber with carbon black leather and Alcantara and, of course, there is a plaque denoting that the car is a product of McLaren’s Special Operations customization, development and bespoke order department.
As finishing touches, each car will be delivered to its owner with a signed sketch by McLaren’s Design Director, Frank Stephenson, and a handcrafted leather holdall made from the same leather used in the cabin and complete with a McLaren MSO badge.