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McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept debuts at Pebble Beach

August 17, 2016

McLaren’s Special Operations division is up to its usual tricks again, this time focusing its attention on the new 570GT.

McLaren 570GT MSO

Known as simply the 570GT by MSO Concept, the stunning creation will make its proper debut at the Concours d’Elegance event at Pebble Beach this weekend.

The idea behind the concept is to showcase the division’s capabilities in terms of customer personalisation options. It features styling and material enhancements, along with some mechanical upgrades.

On the outside, the MSO concept is coated in Elite Pearl White with plenty of Piano Black highlights for contrast. Black is used for the wheels, side skirts, front and rear inserts, and some interior details.

McLaren 570GT MSO-interior

Inside, there’s a unique ‘By McLaren’ luxury upholstery with Saddle Tan, along with carbon fibre trimmings scattered around the place. There’s also a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system, and something MSO calls an Electro-Chromic glass roof which offers five different stages of tint at the touch of a button.

As for the performance side of things, MSO has fit up one of its bespoke exhaust systems made from titanium. It’s 30 per cent lighter than the standard stainless steel setup, and provides a “more characterful tone”, while special heat shields are finished in gold titanium nitride that change colour with heat.

McLaren 570GT MSO-diffuser

No changes are made to the engine, which is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 420kW and 600Nm. It’s able to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in 3.4 seconds, with 0-200km/h coming up in 9.8 seconds.

Speaking about the MSO concept, Paul Mackenzie, executive director of McLaren Special Operations, said:

“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. 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.”

Buyers will soon be able to personalise their 570GT in a very similar way, incorporating some or all of the enhancements seen on this concept.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.