McLaren Special Operations will showcase a unique variant of the all-new GT model at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this weekend. The car will appear on the so-called Concept Car Lawn, and is intended to demonstrate the extensive range of personalisation options available for the forthcoming Grand Tourer.
In keeping with McLaren's ambitions for the new model (namely that it will attract buyers not previously interested in its supercar lineup) much of the work has been done on the inside, where the firm has already indicated that it will substantially up its game.
MSO is particularly proud of its Bespoke Geoform Stitching, inspired by the striking canopy of the British Museum. This is applied to the seat backs, sun visor, door cards and armrest, and complements the Flux White Leather (said to have a subtle metallic sheen) and contrast Satin Graphite Leather.
Elsewhere the MSO logo appears on the headrests and leather sills, alongside Bespoke Silver Infused Carbon Fibre on the gear shift paddles and steering wheel clasp. The point of all this is to highlight the fact that McLaren's expertise now extends well beyond engineering and development, and that it has the craftsmanship to give a Bentley-made interior a considerable run for its money.
"We believe that the McLaren GT has class leading elegance and sophistication, and is the perfect car to further personalise, whether it be through an MSO Defined or MSO Bespoke option, or alternatively, a unique, customer inspired design that MSO delivers a stunning interpretation of," explained Ansar Ali, the Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations.
Of course the exterior hasn't been completely ignored. The show car gets a newly developed exterior paint colour, MSO Defined Flux Silver, which is contrasted with the Satin Graphite shade applied to the door skirts, front splitter, wing mirrors, rear bumper and diffuser. An MSO Bright Pack, featuring a chrome upper window surround, polished titanium exhaust finisher and Gloss Black Diamond Cut wheels finishes the job off.