McLaren's Special Operations division has added its own performance upgrades to the 650S supercar, with just 50 units to be sold

A bespoke version of the McLaren 650S has made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new model, enhanced by McLaren's Special Operations division, follows on from the MSO 650S coupé concept car seen earlier this year. Just 50 examples will be made, both in coupe and spider forms.

Exterior additions to the car include numerous carbonfibre styling upgrades, including extended side blades, while a new three-piece rear bumper now incorporates carbon dibble as well. A more aggressive rear diffuser is also fitted.

Available in three colours, the car sits on ten-spoke lightweight alloy wheels, which McLaren says saves four kilos of weight over the standard units.

Inside, the MSO special gets carbon black leather and Alcantara trim with carbonfibre detailing, with a unique plaque denoting the car.

There's no engine upgrades on the car, which means driver's will get the same 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the standard car. Whether MSO's additions will have any impact on the standard car's 0-60mph sprint time of 3.0 seconds remains to be seen, but the car will be in action on the Goodwood hillclimb this weekend.

The car has been directed under McLaren's design boss Frank Stephenson, and as such each model comes with a signed sketch. 

Deliveries of both the coupe and spider models will get under way before the end of the year. Prices start at £252,500 for the coupé and £272,500 for the spider.

McLaren had previously promised to introduce two new models at the Festival of Speed. The second car is believed to be a 650S fettled by the McLaren GT, the division of the company responsible for producing the old 12C GT3 racer. With the 12C now axed, it's only logical that the firm would present a new GT3 race car based on the 650S. 

Watch the 650S in action in the video below. 

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25 June 2014
..but it's starting to look dated already.

25 June 2014
Should be dedicated to the poor worker who got badly injured while out testing one!

Peter Cavellini.

25 June 2014
I like it except for the badge with Frank Stephenson's signature.
I mean like he did it all by himself sweating hours sewing the seats and painting the car.
It would be better to have Bruce McLaren signature or Ron Dennis.
Tacky to extremes
Still prefer the MP4-12C spider

25 June 2014
It may be me but why does McLaren need a Special Operations division, does NASA have one or Lockheed skunk works. If these cars are already the pinnacle of engineering design why do you then need to pay extra for more fettling ? If I was buying one of these just having a McLaren badge would do fine....

IAD

26 June 2014
Andrew 61 wrote:

It may be me but why does McLaren need a Special Operations division, does NASA have one or Lockheed skunk works. If these cars are already the pinnacle of engineering design why do you then need to pay extra for more fettling ? If I was buying one of these just having a McLaren badge would do fine....

You obviously ain't that rich then to respray the car in pink or to deck the interior with an endangered species or gold plated switches.

25 June 2014
I don't know what it is but I want it! Hey, Hey, Hey!

25 June 2014
Why on earth would anyone bother with this. Enhancements are not worth the money.

Go with the standard car and trouser the saving.

A34

26 June 2014
Ludicrous speed wrote:

Why on earth would anyone bother with this. Enhancements are not worth the money. Go with the standard car and trouser the saving.

Your forget - these are not purchased my normal folk. This is for those who need something to cost more ... for bragging rights in the desert or steppe freeway, or for outside their club...

IAD

26 June 2014
Yeah I'm not sure if the signature of Frank Stephenson is as attractive as having a Bruce McLaren or a designer of some noteworthy. Sorry Frank!

26 June 2014
And it looks like a creation from the '90. I can't belive they can actually sell these outside GB!!??

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