Solid gold – if a standard McLaren 650S is too ordinary, how about one with a gold-flaked paint job?

Has McLaren overdone it in a bid to win over Arabic buyers? The British company has unveiled a special edition 650S Spider with 24 carat gold particles in its paint at the Dubai motor show.

The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 has masses of tiny gold flakes in its white paint to make it sparkle like the sand of the Sahara desert, after which it’s named.

And, just in case the gold content of the car is overlooked, McLaren’s special operations team has added the number 79 to the end of the bespoke car’s name.

Priced at 1,456,308 UAE Dirham (£262,524), this sandy special that’s only on offer to Middle Eastern customers costs nearly £50,000 more than a standard Spider.

Solid gold – if a standard McLaren 650S is too ordinary, how about one with a gold-flaked paint job?

Additional features of the Al Sahara’s bodywork include contrasting black panels and carbon fibre side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser. The finishing touches to this unsubtle machine are full-length MSO-branded side blades and black gloss alloy wheels.

Inside the golden theme is continued with a dark golden finish for all switchgear and heating vents. At least the white and black leather electric sports seats are electrically adjustable so they’ll be comfortable for drivers of all shapes and sizes.

According to McLaren, the Al Sahara is the result of design consultations with customers from the Middle East, in which a desire for special editions unique to the region was expressed. More than 25% of cars sold in the region have a bespoke element.