This McLaren MSO R is a two-off supercar special

McLaren MSO R Coupe

The two McLarens, one a spider the other a coupe, have been customised by the brand's in-house Special Operations division according to a unique personalised specification.

The two cars are based on the previous generation Super Series products and are compilations of cherry-picked parts from the 650S, 675LT and the extensive MSO options list. A typical MSO Personal Commission extends beyond paint colours and materials and finishes to encompass changes to body and interior design and also dynamic and powertrain enhancements as required. McLaren Special Operations is now seeing an increasing number of customers enquiring about bespoke and unique cars. These 675LT-based cars are called the MSO R Coupe and MSO R Spider, created for one customer who clearly felt both Longtail models were lacking a certain something.

One of the first McLarens commissioned at this level was the McLaren X-1. Much of the carbon - known as VCF or Visual Carbon Fibre in McLaren jargon - is familiar from the 688HS, including the roof scoop, front splitter and rear diffuser. The steering wheel has a carbon fiber upper and lower, with black Alcantara grips and a Delta Red center stripe. As for the wheels, they share the same 5-spoke design, although the ones on the Coupe are finished in Satin Black, while the Spider gets them in Gloss Black.

The interior design of the cars is arguably even more distinctive than the exterior.

Both cars are destined for one customer and are technically identical apart from their different lids and accompanying rear sections.

Like the MSO HS commission from a year ago, the MSO R models are based on the 675LT but use blueprinted (with the cylinder heads machined further) versions of its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre M838TL V8 engine. Furthermore, the MSO R cars receive a bespoke Iris screen, instrument display and shift lights, the latter presumably questioning why you're travelling so fast in something so valuable. Gains are courtesy of a hand-polished, titanium exhaust system, which features a "crossover muffler", with longer pipes optimising gas flow.

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