The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79, available only for the Middle East market, has been developed by MSO (McLaren Special Operations), the division of the company responsible for bespoke craftsmanship. ‘Al Sahara’ translates from the Arabic for desert, featuring a unique paint finish, achieved through the addition of 24 carat gold particles, as well as precious metal (with an atomi number of 79), associated with opulence and luxury throughout the region.
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.
Inside, 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, 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 mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine seen in the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, producing 650S PS (641bhp) at 7,250rpm and 678NM (500lb ft) of torque. Performance and economy figures remain unchanged, with 0 – 100 km/h (zero to 62mph) reached in 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph (329km/h), while achieving 11.6l/100km (24.2mpg) [EU combined] cycle and CO2 emissions of 275g/km.
In addition to the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79, which represents the McLaren Super Series, examples of both the Sports Series and Ultimate Series are on tap at the Dubai show. This marks the first time each of the three tiers has been publicly shown together in the Middle East.
The 570S Coupé is the first variant in the recently launched Sports Series, and introduces McLaren design, engineering and performance to the sports car market. The vehicle on display is finished in Ventura Orange with a focus on sport through carbon fiber exterior upgrades, sports exhaust, by McLaren Sport Design interior and carbon fiber interior pack.
Alongside the newest addition to the McLaren Automotive range is a unique example of the most powerful, the 916PS (903bhp) McLaren P1. Commissioned by a Middle Eastern customer, the bespoke version features significant MSO content and is finished in white with subtle McLaren Orange detailing to highlight key design characteristics across the aerodynamically-optimized bodywork. Customization continues in the cabin through a blend of raw carbon and contrasting black and orange Alcanatara.
The Middle East boasts one of the highest levels of MSO customization globally, with more than 25 percent of all variants bound for the region containing an element of bespoke content. This ranges from unique colors, stitching, leathers and aerodynamic upgrades. Design consultations with owners in the Middle East highlighted a desire to see special editions unique to the region resulting in the bespoke project design team at MSO researching regional and local trends, cultures and preferences.
The McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO has a retail price of 1,456,308 AED, while the Sports Series starts from 650,000 AED. Deliveries are set to commence in the region from December.