McLaren MSO X launched… and it’s gone

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 by

All 10 examples (that’s what the X stands for) of the lightweight 570S special are already sold out

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Question: What do you get when you road-legalise a McLaren 570S GT4 racer? The answer, boys and girls, is this, the McLaren MSO X. Or, the Ten.

Based on McLaren’s entry level sports car, the MSO X is the handiwork of the McLaren Special Operations team and is sort of a gentle retort to the Porsche 911GT3 RS, albeit with a way smaller production run of 10 car, hence the X, and a presumably plumper price tag. Which is academic anyway because all 10 cars have already been sold through the McLaren Newport Beach dealership in California, USA.

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On to the real news, though. The MSO X boasts a rather humongous fixed rear spoiler, which generates about 100 kilograms of extra downforce than the standard car, a carbon-fibre bonnet, extra air intakes up front, a roof snorkel and sticky Pirelli Corsa tyres, all in the name of greater go. It’s lighter than the standard cars, too, while it should sound a lot more aggressive than the 570S, thanks to a new titanium exhaust system.

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Inside, MSO has taken a leaf out of Porsche’s GT range book; the cabin is spartan to say the least. There is plenty of stuff that should be in the car and isn’t. In fact, they haven’t even bothered to conceal the carbon tub! Because race car.

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Unexpectedly, there is no word on performance upgrades. So, in essence, you still get the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine that makes 570 horsepower and delivers a zero to 100km/h time of about 3.4 seconds. Although with the weight loss and the aerodynamic improvements, the McLaren MSO X should feel a lot more urgent than the standard car. Like it? Let us know in the comments box below.

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