McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has revealed its MSO 650S Coupe concept, ahead of a travelling tour through China.
The concept, based on the ‘regular’ McLaren 650S, was built to showcase MSO design and engineering upgrades available to existing and future 650S Coupe and Spider customers.
McLaren says the MSO treatment for the 650S offers optimised aerodynamic performance and a “more dramatic” appearance.
Exterior upgrades include a newly designed carbon-fibre rear diffuser, front splitter, air intakes and MSO-branded carbon fibre side blades.
The engine bay gets satin black engine covers and a satin finish to all carbon-fibre parts, while satin black is also the chosen finish for the lightweight ‘650S’ alloy wheels, which wear Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
A highlight of the new concept for McLaren is the ‘Agrigan Black’ paint finish featuring ‘ruby red’ metallic flakes, which the supercar maker says appears as different colours, depending on the light.
Inside, the concept is fitted with fixed-back carbon-fibre racing seats with black leather inspired by the McLaren P1, which weigh 15kg less than the standard seats.
Satin carbon-fibre features extensively throughout the cabin, while the switchgear and bezels are finished in contrasting gloss black.
While the MSO 650S Coupe Concept is a ‘one-off’ for now, MSO says it will monitor public reaction to the new design features with a view to making a production version.
The decision to unveil the coupe concept in China also highlights McLaren's new focus on the hugely important market.
For current owners of the McLaren 12C, the good news is that some of the new styling options displayed on the 650S concept can also be fitted to the 12C.
The MSO side blades and rear diffuser are available to order now from McLaren in the UK, priced at £5,114 (AU$9292) and £7,245 (AU$13,164) respectively for a new 650S.
The McLaren 650S went on sale locally last month, priced from AU$441,500 plus on-roads. No word yet on whether the new optional extras will become available to Australian customers.
NO SUV ON McLAREN’S RADAR
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt has hosed-down suggests the supercar maker is about to follow the likes of Porsche, Bentley and possibly even Lamborghini by building an SUV.
“We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world,” Mr Flewitt said. “We need to remain very focused."
"McLaren is a sports car brand and that’s exactly what we’re going to remain.”
Despite booming SUV sales in almost every market, McLaren will reportedly resist the urge to come up with one of its own, instead focusing on what it does best.
Mr Flewitt said McLaren will introduce one new model per year to promote growth, with a base price no lower than AU$191,000.
The CEO added McLaren hopes to sell around 4000 vehicles annually by 2017, compared to its 1400 sales last year and a target of around 1600 this year.
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