An award-filled year on from
its world premiere at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren
720S is again taking the Geneva spotlight with a breathtaking-in-blue bespoke
creation from McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This unique McLaren 720S in
Atlantic Blue by MSO carries a price tag of £281,260 (Rs 2.54 crore).
Combining the deepest of deep
blue paint finishes specially formulated for the car with a classic Saddle Tan
leather interior, the McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue by MSO presents the
dynamism of the McLaren Super Series wrapped up in a timeless, luxury-accented
McLaren Special Operations’
latest creation comes a year after MSO’s first bespoke project on the
second-generation Super Series, the 720S Velocity by MSO, which was shown in
Geneva in 2017. With a fusion of Volcano Red and Nerello Red paint colours, its
explosive looks more than matched its performance. In the 12 months since –
during which time the 720S has garnered five-star road test verdicts as well as
awards including the world’s most beautiful supercar – few of the nearly 1,500
McLaren 720S delivered since launch have not borne at least some MSO influence.
The earliest build allocation for a ‘standard’ car is currently July of this
The Atlantic Blue body
provides a fresh interpretation of the ‘shrink-wrapped’ design language
introduced for the 720S, which features innovative aerodynamics, smoothly
sculpted surfaces and iconic double-hinged dihedral doors. Commissioned for the
88th Geneva Motor Show, this latest MSO project showcases both the boundless
extent of MSO’s bespoke craftsmanship and the MSO Defined range of personalisation
choices – options that have allowed 720S buyers such creative expression in
realising their own perfect Super Series model.
MSO’s hand-crafted artistry is
able to fulfil McLaren clients’ most demanding expectations. Its capabilities
range from crafting entire one-off cars to providing specific aerodynamic and
lightweight componentry, adding functionality and developing the special
materials, finishes, colour and trim that are used to such stunning effect by
the Atlantic Blue 720S making its debut in Geneva.
The second-generation Super
Series marries McLaren’s most extreme take yet on supercar performance, with a
plethora of luxury and convenience features in the glass teardrop cockpit that
further reinforce the acclamation of the 720S as a supercar with the broadest
range of abilities.
Providing the most focused
driving experience thanks to innovations in aerodynamics, proactive suspension
control, carbon-fibre construction and one of the world’s most potent 4.0-litre
twin-turbocharged V8 engines, the 720PS (710bhp) 720S can deliver a top speed
of 212mph and despatch 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. None of this is at the expense
of comfort: heated electric seats, keyless entry, soft-close doors, cruise
control, electrically adjustable steering column and advanced climate and
connectivity systems are among the standard features.
MSO bespoke elements that take
this formula to another level comprise the newly-developed Atlantic Blue paint
and an interior swathed in Saddle Tan leather with contrasting Slate Grey
stitching. The cockpit is further distinguished by Carbon Black leather and
Grey Alcantara accents. Even the floor mats are bespoke.
Setting off the Atlantic Blue
paint are Dark Palladium exterior finishes, gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre,
and Zircon window surrounds. The stainless-steel sports exhaust has Titanium
finishers and the twin-spoke lightweight wheels feature a bespoke Graphite Grey
finish. The brakes – as on all McLaren 720Ss – are carbon-ceramic and for this
special model feature black calipers with McLaren branding.
MSO Defined features inside
the cockpit characterise the demands of a typical McLaren 720S owner, with
priorities for both track driving and everyday usability. The McLaren 720S in
Atlantic Blue by MSO comes with both the McLaren Track Telemetry and camera
system for circuit enjoyment and a 360-degree Park Assist system of sensors and
cameras to ease city driving. The car is also equipped with a vehicle lift to
avoid damage over ramps and speed humps, and to while away motorway miles there
is a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system.
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