McLaren Automotive has unveiled the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 at the Dubai International Motor Show. The vehicle is exclusively developed for the Middle Eastern region by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the department of the company responsible for bespoke craftsmanship.
‘Al Sahara’ in Arabic means ‘desert’ which is also the inspiration for the subtle shimmer found on the pearlescent white gold paintjob. That shimmer effect is obtained through the addition of 24 carat gold particles. The number 79 in the name is a reference to gold, that has the atomic number of 79. The car’s appearance is further customised by lightweight gloss black forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser. MSO branding is seen on the carbon-fibre side blades.
The interior gets black and Almond White leather upholstered electrically-adjustable sports seats that also feature contrast stitching. The paint scheme on the exterior is carried inside on the steering wheel, centre console, door panels and AC vents. Adding to the rich feel are the switches and heating vents that have been given a dark gold finish.
No mechanical changes have made their way into this special edition, so power comes from same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine. This unit boasts output figures of 650S PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb.-ft.) of torque, enough to propel the sports car from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.0 seconds flat and on to a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h). The 650S Spider gives a combined fuel efficiency of 24.2 mpg and carbon emissions of 275 g/km.
The Middle Eastern region is among the places that have the highest levels of MSO customisation globally with more than 25% models featuring some sort of bespoke preference. The Al Sahara edition retails for AED 1,456,308.