Super-exclusive Sports Series pays homage to F1 XP GT
Update: McLaren's local division has confirmed that the 570GT XP Green won't be offered locally, and is reserved for Europe and the UK. See bottom of article for details.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created a limited-run collection of six special 570GT sports cars, finished in traditional British automotive colours.
Inside (above), the special-edition 570GT features a Saddle Tan leather trim throughout the cabin, accented by green leather inserts and contrasting green stitching. Other unique features include a dedication plaque mounted on the centre tunnel, identifying each vehicle as one of six in the collection.
The Saddle Tan also extends to the exterior, adorning the pinstripes on the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, along with a stripe on each door that runs towards the rear from a Union Jack emblem finished in silver-grey.
Other special touches include MSO Black exterior components - the front splitter, door handles, side air intakes, side skirts, rear bumper, diffuser and spoiler, that all are usually finished in Dark Palladium or body colour.
"Any McLaren is a very special vehicle, but we are also seeing an increasing number of buyers expressing a desire to personalise their cars with additional features and options as well as colour and trim choices outside of the core specification offered," said Jolyon Nash, executive director of global sales and marketing for McLaren Automotive.
"As well as making it possible for individual McLaren owners to have exactly the McLaren they want, McLaren Special Operations will continue to create limited-volume collections such as these six 570GT models in XP Green, to further extend customer choice."
Like the standard car, the 570GT XP Green special is powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, developing 420kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. McLaren claims the standard 570GT can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, in its way to a top speed of 328km/h.
Inspiring the special 570GT collection is the McLaren F1 XP GT (above), which was the original road-going prototype built to satisfy the homologation requirements of the FIA so that McLaren could enter the F1 'Longtail' GT racing car into motorsport championships.
The eye-catching bottle green exterior paint of the prototype is now known as 'XP Green' for bespoke projects by MSO.
Opting for the 570GT XP Green by MSO adds 21,000 pounds ($35,653) to the base car, which obviously depends on the specification chosen by the customer.
As a guide, the vehicle pictured features the GT Upgrade Pack - vehicle lift kit, rear-view camera, Bowers & Wilkins audio system and car cover - along with 'Stealth' five-spoke forged alloy wheels and the 'By McLaren Designer' interior, contributing to a price of 188,567 pounds ($320,149).