The UAE-based 2015 Dubai International Motor Show has also attracted the attention of legitimate producers – such as UK supercar specialist McLaren, which employed its MSO unit for the job.
The division has immediately delivered a new bespoke project specifically aimed towards the Middle East market, the 650S Spider ‘Al Sahara 79’ – a modified 650S Spider that will only become available to clients in the region and coming as a specific touch with a “uniquely formulated paint scheme” dubbed by McLaren as “pearlescent white gold”. Inspired by the golden sands found all around the typical Middle Eastern landscape, the hue uses real 24 carat gold particles that will deliver a specific nuance. Besides that, the 79 number in the name is a chemical geek nod to the gold’s atomic number – which is, yes, 79. Other exterior design highlights include the known retractable hard top and a set of forged alloys that have received a gloss black finish. The MSO guys have also delivered the side blades and rear diffuser in carbon fiber.
Inside we find a black and Almond White leather upholstery with contrasting stitches, while the ‘Al Sahara’ paint is mirrored in the cabin on the steering wheel, centre console and door panels, with numerous dark gold accents found on specific items, such as the switchgear. The “heart” of the supercar has not been touched, still delivering a wild 641hp and 678Nm (500lb ft) of torque, good for a zero to 100 km/h sprint of three seconds and a maximum speed of 329 km/h.