McLaren has a thing for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; it was the venue where the McLaren Special Operations division was launched in 2012 after all. And, for this year’s event, the Woking carmaker is going to be showcasing a 570GT that has been poked and prodded by MSO. And it looks pretty good.
The Macca gets a series of mechanical and visual upgrades; out has gone the standard stainless steel exhaust system replaced by a titanium version. It manages to take off 30 per cent of the weight but aside from being much lighter, it also gives the GT a much more raucous soundtrack too. It also features heat shields with a golden titanium nitride tint noticeable through the air ducts. The exhaust is based on the one developed for 675LT, which is now the sold-out.
The body gets a nice new white paint job (it’s called ‘Elite Pearl White’) and has deep gloss black accents on the side skirts, door inserts, wheels, and also inside the cabin. MSO has also added an electro-chromic roof to the GT that passengers can via a touch-sensitive headliner. There are five settings and they range from clear to a dark tint. The fancy roof will eventually be offered on production models.
The interior also gets a set of gloss carbon fibre side sills as well as a matching carbon fibre interior pack featuring a gloss lacquer finish. The seats are finished in Saddle Tan and the Macca also packs a banging 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi system – in case the sound of the exhaust wasn’t enough of a treat…
As for power, the 570GT by MSO concept has the same 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the stock 570GT, and even with the new exhaust output stays at 562 horses.