McLaren Automotive debuted an exclusive 650S project the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO. The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 has been developed by McLaren Special Operations and is available exclusively for Middle East customers. The uniquely formulated paint scheme and bespoke specification have been inspired by the styles, cultures and landscape of the region, and contribute to the name of the latest MSO model.
‘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.
Contrasting detailing on the exterior of the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 includes a retractable hard top and lightweight forged alloy wheels finished in gloss black. Carbon fiber is used for the side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser, while aggressive, full-length carbon fiber MSO-branded Side Blades provide a more purposeful and sculpted appearance. A fully custom-zoned interior features black and Almond White leather upholstered electrically-adjustable sports seats with contrasting stitching, with the Al Sahara 79 paint scheme carried through to the steering wheel, center 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 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine seen in the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, producing 641bhp at 7,250rpm and 500lb ft of torque. Performance and economy figures remain unchanged, with zero to 62mph reached in 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph.
The McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO has a retail price of 1,456,308 AED, equivalent to nearly $400,000 at current exchange rates.