The MSO R is a 688-horsepower sports car custom-built by McLaren and of which only two units will exist

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McLaren has made us most familiar with MSO, with McLaren Special Operations, the division tailor-made for the pickiest of customers. Every so often, the Woking firm presents us with units customized by this division, new paint tones, new finishes for the interiors of the brand’s sports cars … but this time McLaren has taken this department to a new level or better. said: one of his clients, a very good one we imagine, has made McLaren take MSO even further … McLaren has created two unique units for a customer, has baptized them as MSO R And incidentally, it has shown us that they are capable when it comes to satisfying a demanding customer.

This is not MSO’s first custom creation, in 2012 it already introduced us to the McLaren X-1


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Imagine arriving at McLaren, setting out to customize a McLaren 720S and stay wanting more, something more exclusive … imagine having a McLaren P1, a McLaren 675LT and who knows, maybe also a McLaren 570GT… and keep wanting more … imagine that McLaren Special Operations agrees to create a custom sports car … and you want more, you want it coupe and you want it cabrio … well there is someone in the world who does not have to imagine it … it has, it has given life to two unique units, two MSO R.


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He MSO R is a tailor-made creation that makes available to the capricious customer, whose identity has not been disclosed, two supercars that we will quickly associate with the brand, with an aesthetic that undeniably reminds us of the McLaren 650S… but a McLaren 650S that has been dressed for racing.

The MSO R looks like a more radical McLaren 650S and actually has more power, 688 hp


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Aerodynamic appendages define its designThis huge front splitter, the canards, the side skirts, the generously sized rear spoiler and the “gilled” wheel arches wear a design that is hopelessly familiar, but no less attractive of course.


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The color “Liquid Silver” bathes the bodywork in both units, satin in one, shiny in the other and in both cases a band of carbon fiber runs from “north to south” the body, with a series of contrasting details, orange on the case of the coupe and reds in the case of the cabrio, breaking the chromatic neutrality of these creations.

The sporty aesthetics of its exterior continues in the interior thanks to Alcántara


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In its inside the aroma of competition is still quite present and the exaggerated aerodynamics gives way to a cabin where two buckets are the main protagonists, with the entire dashboard and the central bridge covered in black Alcantara, with contrasting stitching, creating a nice clash between the vision of the buckets, colored “tile” and the black of the rest of the interior …


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But … what about its engine?

The engine is the well-known V8 Twin-Turbo


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McLaren has not given details about its platform, although it is evident that they have used the carbon fiber monocoque chassis that we already knew and for their engine both units, both the coupe and the cabrio, have used the engine V8 Twin-turbo of the brand, the M838TL, to serve us a power of 688 horses and 700 Nm of torque, with a titanium exhaust system to finish off the exclusive set.


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