McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept revealed ahead of Pebble Beach debut

McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept revealed ahead of Pebble Beach debut

McLaren has released pictures of its 570GT by MSO Concept ahead of the supercar’s official debut at Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

As the name suggests, the concept is a modified version of the 570GT – tweaked by McLaren’s in-house Special Operations division.

The regular 570GT is the Woking firm’s luxurious continent-crossing supercar, sitting alongside the 570S Coupe and 540S Coupe in McLaren’s “Sports Series” range.

Upgrades include a titanium exhaust which is 30% lighter and, the company says, provides “a progressively richer and more characterful tone” than the standard stainless steel system.

Peer through the rear air ducts and you’ll see the MSO exhaust’s heat shields, finished in a golden titanium nitride tint, which changes to a blue/purple colour as the system heats and cools through its cycle.

McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept revealed ahead of Pebble Beach debut

Performance from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 stays the same, meaning the 570GT by MSO Concept will hit 62mph 3.4 seconds, cover 0-124 mph in 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 204mph.

To set it aside from the regular model, the MSO concept is finished in pearl white paintwork with an MSO Piano Black pack, consisting of gloss black wheels, side skirt, front and rear door inserts and various interior details.

It’s also fitted with an electro-chromic roof, set to appeal to Californian buyers. Coming soon to the 570GT, the electro-chromic roof allows occupants to decide just how much sun they want to let into the car by adjusting the tint of the glass panel roof. This is operated through a clever touch-sensitive headlining.

McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept revealed ahead of Pebble Beach debut

Inside, the 570GT by MSO Concept is finished in Saddle Tan with an upmarket 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system. It also features smatterings of carbonfibre – along with the outside.

McLaren Special Operations executive director, Paul Mackenzie, said: “This is the second consecutive year that McLaren Special Operations has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to demonstrate our capabilities on Sports Series cars. Last year, soon after the launch of the 570S, we showed the 570S ‘by MSO’ which featured the uniquely formulated Mauvine Blue paint finish coupled with a bespoke interior finished in Carbon Black leather with coordinating detailing, carried through from the exterior colour.

“This year, closely following the reveal of the GT addition to the Sports Series family, we showcase the breadth of McLaren Special Operations personalisation work, this time focussing on bespoke engineering design and components. With its Electro Chromic Roof especially, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept would be well suited to the needs and demands of customers in sunnier and warmer climates.”

Prices for the production model are yet to be confirmed. The regular McLaren 570GT starts at £154,000.

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