McLaren unveils 720S Dubai one-off build

By JAY WONG | 14 November 2017

DUBAI: McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will debut a on-off 720S at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show (Nov 14-18)...and it's already been purchased.

Dubbed the 720 Dubai, the one-off build is dressed in Zenith Black paint with a satin finish while the alloy wheels, cabin accents and a famous Bruce McLaren quote in Arabic script stylised to echo the Dubai skyline are in gold colour.

The quote says: ‘Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone’.

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“The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren, but also the achievements of the UAE and the Gulf states over the last four decades," said McLaren Automotive managing director (Middle East, Africa & Latin America) Andreas Bareis.

Inside, the cabin features a plaque that identifies it as a ‘1 of 1’ MSO commission,

The commission added carbon fibre exterior upgrade packs that includes the front splitter and air intakes as well as the rear bumper and roof panel.

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The rear diffuser is also a carbon fibre option, while the door mirror arms, rear aero bridge and deck and engine covers are all from the MSO Defined range of carbon fibre components.

The interior of the car is wrapped in a combination of black Alcantara and black leather, while accented by carbon fibre sill panels, fascia vents and steering wheel, in addition to a regular carbon fibre interior upgrade pack.

Satin gold-paint was added to the extended gearshift paddles, satin gold-coloured centre band for the steering wheel and pinstriping in the same hue for the spokes.

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A gold-coloured applique on each door inner completes the visual treatment.

In personalising the car, MSO added more than 120 hours to the production process.

The rear wing alone took 30 hours to complete, using stencils produced by the MSO design visualisation team.

The new owner of the car on display at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show will take delivery of the car from McLaren Dubai after the show ends.

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The 720S is powered by 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that enables it to sprint from 0 to 200kph in 7.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 341kph.

"The UAE and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base, but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that," added Andreas.