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First Look: The New MSO Bespoke McLaren 720S
A unique McLaren 720S supercar designed by McLaren Operations (MSO) is the centerpiece of the McLaren display at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show, which takes place November 14 – 18, 2017.
Created as an MSO Bespoke commission, the service from McLaren Special Operations that allows almost limitless enhancement and personalization of McLaren cars, the 720S is in Zenith Black paint with a satin finish. Gold-colored alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heatshield and gold-colored interior components complement the exterior color.
A plaque inside the car identifies it as a ‘1 of 1’ MSO commission, a fact also communicated by the unique rear wing that bears part of a famous quote* by McLaren founder, Bruce McLaren: ‘Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone’, is painted across the upper surface of the wing in gold Arabic lettering, stylized to echo the Dubai city skyline.
To personalize the car added more than 120 hours to the production process. The rear wing alone took 30 hours to complete, using stencils produced by the MSO design visualization team to achieve the desired dramatic visual impact of the gold lettering.
With McLaren 720S Performance specification as the starting point – and in addition to the MSO Bespoke elements – the commission added carbon fiber exterior upgrade packs that together encompass the front splitter and air intakes, rear bumper and roof panel. The rear diffuser is also a carbon fiber option, while the door mirror arms, rear aero bridge and deck and engine covers are all from the MSO Defined range of carbon fiber components.
The interior of the car is equally special: black Alcantara® and black leather trim are complemented by MSO Defined carbon fiber sill panels, fascia vents and steering wheel, in addition to a regular carbon fiber interior upgrade pack. The MSO Bespoke team added satin gold-painted extended gearshift paddles, a satin gold-colored center band to the steering wheel and pinstriping in the same hue to the spokes. A gold-colored applique on each door inner completes the visual treatment.
The new owner of the MSO Bespoke McLaren 720S on display at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show will take delivery of the car from McLaren Dubai when the Show finishes. They will enjoy a McLaren supercar powered by a 4.0 V8 twin-turbocharged engine and capable of accelerating from 0 – 200km/h (0 – 124mph) in just 7.8 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 341km/h (212mph).
McLaren 720S Named Sportscar of the Year 2017
The McLaren 720S beat strong competition to win the Sportscar of the Year 2017 at the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers’ Awards. The car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is the first model in the second-generation Super Series range and has been praised for its exhilarating driving experience combined with unparalleled innovation and state-of-the-art British engineering.
Stephen Park, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, commented: “In no segment is the price span as broad as this one but this year one brand returns to the winner’s board and deservedly so. In terms of innovation, technology and exhilaration, this is a sportscar like no other and a huge testament to British design and engineering know-how.”
This recognition marks a second consecutive year of success for the McLaren brand at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards, the McLaren 570S having claimed the prestigious Design and Innovation Award in 2016.
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