A special Middle-East edition of the McLaren 650S has been unveiled – with 24 carat gold particles in its paintwork. The Spider Al Sahara 79 was put together by the team at McLaren Special Operations, which creates bespoke vehicles in the British firm’s range.
It is said to have been
inspired by the styles, cultures and landscape of the region, and the white-gold paint ‘shimmers’ in a hat-tip to the deserts of the Middle East.
Tiny particles of 24 carat gold were added to help create the effect. The 79 in the model’s name is a reference to the atomic number for gold.
Inside, vents and switches have a golden finish, while the white-gold paint appears on the steering wheel and the center console. The car has a retractable hard-top, with carbon-fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, side blades and side intakes. The wheels have gloss black lightweight forged alloys.
Under the hood sits McLaren’s mid-mounted 3.8liter twin-turbo V8, pumping out 641hp at 7,250rpm and 500lb/ft of torque. Like the standard 650S, it can do 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds with a 204mph top speed.
The Middle East is one of McLaren’s best markets for bespoke models, with a quarter of all models sold their receiving some sort of personalisation.
The McLaren Al Sahara 79 is currently on show at the Dubai Motor Show in the UAE. Sadly for us, it is only available for Middle East customers.