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Cars McLaren Special Operations announces extended range of Sport Series options

15:12  13 february  2018
15:12  13 february  2018 Source:   evo.co.uk

Force India: 2018 car will need 'podium potential'

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McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is our bespoke division, dedicated to helping you take McLaren ownership even further. Personalisation options for the McLaren Super Series and the McLaren Sports Series models, available for both new and existing cars.

McLaren Sports Series owners now have even more choice when it comes to personalising their cars as McLaren Special Operations (MSO) adds further options . Titanium Super Sports exhaust and Black Pack headline new MSO parts range .

a car parked in a parking lot: McLaren Special Operations announces extended range of Sport Series options © Provided by Evo McLaren Special Operations announces extended range of Sport Series options

McLaren Sports Series owners now have even more choice when it comes to personalising their cars as McLaren Special Operations (MSO) adds further options. New exterior body addenda, a titanium exhaust and even black or orange painted ignition keys feature on the new MSO enhancement list.

The MSO Titanium SuperSports exhaust, now available for the 570S (Coupe and Spider) and 570GT is five kilograms lighter than the standard system and McLaren says it has a ‘cleaner, crisper exhaust tone’ with a ‘pronounced crescendo above 5000rpm’. It’s five decibels louder than the regular item and costs £4750 when ordered on a new car and will be available as a retrofit item in the summer.

McLaren plays down IndyCar return, F1 number one priority

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McLaren Sport Series buyers now have even more options available to personalize their cars. McLaren Special Operations has extended its range of MSO Defined options , adding a new Pricing in the U.K. was announced with the exhaust costing £4,750 (,550 USD), and the system

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has announced a range of available series options for the McLaren 650S, and Asia-only 625C, under the newly established ‘MSO Defined’ division. This forms the first of five tiers of personalisation and support offered by MSO

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McLaren Sports Series buyers now have even more opportunity to personalise their new car, as McLaren Special Operations (MSO) significantly extends the range of components available for the McLaren luxury sports car family.

“The MSO Defined option range from McLaren Special Operations allows McLaren owners to personalize their cars by selecting from a portfolio that is tailor-made for each McLaren Series and so perfectly complements their vehicle,” said MSO managing director, Ansar Ali.

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A new Black Pack for the 570S Coupe and 570GT sees Dark Palladium grey components (front splitter and aero blades, side skirts and air intakes, door inserts, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and bumper) replaced with black items. A Nano black exhaust finisher can also be ordered for the new MSO SuperSports exhaust.

Those with a penchant for carbon can now also opt for carbonfibre sill covers, complete with McLaren branding, for their 540C, 570S Coupe and Spider or 570GT.

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