Following the introduction of the 650S Can-Am, McLaren is celebrating their success in the middle-eastern market with this unique 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO. Crafted by none other than their own crafty team called McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the 650S Spider with a mouthful name is only offered to their customers in the Middle East.
If you’re wondering how they came out with that name, Al Sahara is Arabic for desert and 79 is the atomic number for gold. While the name roughly translates to “desert gold“, thankfully MSO did a subtle yet tasteful job instead of just wrapping a 650S Spider in gold vinyl. The Super Series sports car is painted in a unique pearlescent white gold that has been infused with 24 carat gold particles, giving it a subtle shimmer inspired by the golden desert sands. The glistening paintwork is contrasted by the carbon fibre aero bits as well as gloss black roof and wheels.
The black-and-white theme is repeated again on the inside. The interior is mainly black, but it’s been spiced up by the glossy Al Sahara 79 trim pieces on the steering wheel spokes, center console, and door panels. The seats are upholstered in black and White Almond leather, while the vents and switchgears are finished in dark gold.
Nothing is changed under the lid at the back, but that’s no bad thing since the 650S Spider has a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 mounted just behind the occupants’ seats. A total of 641 hp and 678 Nm of torque is available to send the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and all the way to the 329 km/h top speed. To us, that’s far from shabby.
The McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara by MSO debuts at the Dubai International Motor Show that’s currently held from 10th to 14th November 2015. The desert gold car retails at 1,456,308 AED, which is around RM 1.73 million before taxes.