RE: MSO to showcase GT options at Pebble Beach

RE: MSO to showcase GT options at Pebble Beach

Wednesday 14th August

MSO to showcase GT options at Pebble Beach

McLaren's new Grand Tourer needs to attract a different type of buyer. MSO's attentions ought to help...



McLaren Special Operations will showcase a unique variant of the all-new GT model at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this weekend. The car will appear on the so-called Concept Car Lawn, and is intended to demonstrate the extensive range of personalisation options available for the forthcoming Grand Tourer.

In keeping with McLaren's ambitions for the new model (namely that it will attract buyers not previously interested in its supercar lineup) much of the work has been done on the inside, where the firm has already indicated that it will substantially up its game.

MSO is particularly proud of its Bespoke Geoform Stitching, inspired by the striking canopy of the British Museum. This is applied to the seat backs, sun visor, door cards and armrest, and complements the Flux White Leather (said to have a subtle metallic sheen) and contrast Satin Graphite Leather.


Elsewhere the MSO logo appears on the headrests and leather sills, alongside Bespoke Silver Infused Carbon Fibre on the gear shift paddles and steering wheel clasp. The point of all this is to highlight the fact that McLaren's expertise now extends well beyond engineering and development, and that it has the craftsmanship to give a Bentley-made interior a considerable run for its money.

"We believe that the McLaren GT has class leading elegance and sophistication, and is the perfect car to further personalise, whether it be through an MSO Defined or MSO Bespoke option, or alternatively, a unique, customer inspired design that MSO delivers a stunning interpretation of," explained Ansar Ali, the Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations.

Of course the exterior hasn't been completely ignored. The show car gets a newly developed exterior paint colour, MSO Defined Flux Silver, which is contrasted with the Satin Graphite shade applied to the door skirts, front splitter, wing mirrors, rear bumper and diffuser. An MSO Bright Pack, featuring a chrome upper window surround, polished titanium exhaust finisher and Gloss Black Diamond Cut wheels finishes the job off.


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richboycoleman

Original Poster:

5 posts

13 months

Wednesday 14th August
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No thanks McLaren. It looks no different to your other models. Also that interior does not come close to a Bentley Conti GT.

redroadster

961 posts

176 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Bentley or Aston over this poorly hashed together remake .

davidc1

712 posts

106 months

Wednesday 14th August
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bentley gt for me or s class coupe.

not sure who is going to buy this. any owner will have several cars i guess already , so this might fill a niche.

Plate spinner

13,277 posts

144 months

Wednesday 14th August
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davidc1 said:
bentley gt for me or s class coupe.

not sure who is going to buy this. any owner will have several cars i guess already , so this might fill a niche.
I’m inclined to agree, but then I know very little of how things work at this rarefied end of the market.

davidc1

712 posts

106 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Plate spinner said:
davidc1 said:
bentley gt for me or s class coupe.

not sure who is going to buy this. any owner will have several cars i guess already , so this might fill a niche.
I’m inclined to agree, but then I know very little of how things work at this rarefied end of the market.
i am not in this market either , but if you are going for a GT , i would be amazed if this mclaren would make a better fist of covering 100's of miles a day than the Bentley or s-class AMG coupe.

i am sure a few readers on here do buy this kind of metal , so be interesting to see what they think.

also the launch colour of this car is horrid. insipid gold.

thecook101

630 posts

59 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Just saying... not sure I'd want Skip's £80k car looking so close to my £250k car ;-) Seriously though, like it or not, I think the C8 really will be a game changer. And for the good.


GranCab

1,511 posts

90 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Is that a bottle of Soy Sauce stashed in the console ?


Gandahar

6,865 posts

72 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I think Mclaren need to start thinking about another engine and mono cell before it comes a bit of a joke. All their models are the same Barbie doll that you can fit extra outfits on to do different things .

A Mclaren V12 with bigger body that seats 4 or 2+2 as a GT would certainly get a lot of sales and be more comparable to Aston, Ferrari, Bentley etc.


GranCab

1,511 posts

90 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Or ...


cookie1600

1,234 posts

105 months

Wednesday 14th August
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What the Flux white leather?

I'm afraid it's an Aston as a GT for me. The McLaren would still be beside it in the garage, but that would be a 720S.

f1ten

1,825 posts

97 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Being cynical... production numbers are down and likely to keep going. I will continue a broken record, new car prices are ridiculous which is why people are dropping out when they realise they will lose £30k or more in a blink. I’m willing to do that on a Ferrari but not on a Mac sorry.

GiveItSomeWellie

2,807 posts

140 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I saw one in the flesh recently and it's the first time I can remember thinking something looked worse in real life than it did in pictures, the rear end in particular is really fussy and poorly proportioned IMO.

HighwayStar

2,473 posts

88 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Gandahar said:
I think Mclaren need to start thinking about another engine and mono cell before it comes a bit of a joke. All their models are the same Barbie doll that you can fit extra outfits on to do different things .

A Mclaren V12 with bigger body that seats 4 or 2+2 as a GT would certainly get a lot of sales and be more comparable to Aston, Ferrari, Bentley etc.
I'm like McLaren and what they do but I'm with you on this one. We all know a V12 is never going to happen but a front engine 2 seater and a 2+2 would give then a range of cars rather than what they have now.
Re would there be buyers for the GT. Most cars they've built have been greeted with what's that, looks exactly the same as everything else and of course no one will buy it. And yet they sell.
If I had the funds I'd have a Mac over a Ferrari, I'd want a car I can drive regularly and not worry about the miles. Put big miles on a Fez and I'd drop plenty of money and probably struggle to sell it. Same difference. I don't like big car so a GT Aston, Merc, Bentley etc. would be out. A Mac GT as something fast but more relaxed could be just the ticket (if I had the wedge). There will be customers who feel the same.

fernando the frog

215 posts

12 months

Wednesday 14th August
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am I the only one who thinks this car is logical? Mclarens are known for their comfort vs other supercars and i'm sure a GT would be a lovely thing

Maldini35

2,100 posts

132 months

Wednesday 14th August
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GranCab said:


Or ...

I agree the Bentley is a much more luxurious place to be in the traditional GT mould.

What McLaren are offering is not a direct competitor.
It’s more a GT lite.
It’s aimed at people who want something more nimble than a 2 tonne Bentley but more accommodating than the current crop of supercars.

Think of it as an off-shoot of the GT category.
It is clearly not a direct rival for the Bentley nor is it positioned as such.
You might as well compare it to a Range Rover.

Whether it’s successful remains to be seen.
But as a big fan of McLaren and a glass half full kind of guy you are clearly routing for it to be another British success.







Cripes

19 posts

4 months

Wednesday 14th August
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GiveItSomeWellie said:
I saw one in the flesh recently and it's the first time I can remember thinking something looked worse in real life than it did in pictures, the rear end in particular is really fussy and poorly proportioned IMO.
I agree, I really want to like this car but can't get to grips with the look... It looks like it's got a smug grin, not to mention the rear vents, which look like they've been borrowed from the Senna and lobbed on at last minute.

Gameface

9,377 posts

21 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Such an ungainly car. Very disappointing.

chris_at_mac

7 posts

20 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I used to own a McLaren (MP4-12C), and would not buy one again. And the reasons will apply to this one as well:
- the cost of ownership is beyond Ferrari V12 money because of McLaren's strategy (or lack thereof?), and why would you choose this over a 4 year old F12 that leaves you with 3 more years of warranty? Or a GTC.
- Warranty extension was pretty much what I would have paid for a F12 warranty extension (except that they come with 7 years already).
- I'm willing and able to shoulder some depreciation, but it was much worse than an F12 in that respect, and this is back to the McLaren strategy of pushing out too many cars and not taking care of the secondary market. If you offer a good car to a Ferrari dealer, they either give you a decent price (less their margin, of course), or professionally sell the car for you. McLaren: neither, at least where I live. Also, everything that can brake is ridiculously expensive. The door patches you push to open the door in mine where worn out (yes, I used the car), and the McLaren dealer said they would not replace it because they come with the whole door opening mechanism only, and McLaren would not accept that as the door still worked. Excuse me, for a 300k car under factory warranty???
- This is just not as usable as a GT or AMG Coupe. Putting golf clubs behind your head in the cabin as in the first press pictures, really?
- It was super-comfortable and super fast. But not super-exciting, and due to the layout just not super-usable. Usability was no concern for me since I had it as a 4th car, but the same applies to this one.
- Build quality was stty and is stty, in that respect they can't keep up with Bentley, Rolls and AMG who have large manufacturers behind them.
- Looks: will look dated soon.
- New Rulebook: Really? It's the same thing they have been doing over and over again, same engine and recipe for nearly 10 years now.
Sorry for rambling on here, my point is: If you put many miles on the car, you want the warranty, service and dealers to work, also to limit depreciation to something supercar-reasonable (i.e. Ferrari-like). If you don't do many miles, you still want all this to work. In both cases, you don't want it to look bland. And for me it does look bland, even prefer the Corvette...

mikey k

12,328 posts

160 months

Wednesday 14th August
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redroadster said:
Bentley or Aston over this poorly hashed together remake .
Remake of what?
Having had two Astons and a McLaren I will NEVER buy another Aston
Bentleys not my thing

I think this will be an interesting car.
Not many mid engined carbon tubbed GT cars out there wink

mikey k

12,328 posts

160 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Gandahar said:
I think Mclaren need to start thinking about another engine and mono cell before it comes a bit of a joke. All their models are the same Barbie doll that you can fit extra outfits on to do different things .

A Mclaren V12 with bigger body that seats 4 or 2+2 as a GT would certainly get a lot of sales and be more comparable to Aston, Ferrari, Bentley etc.
Rumour has it they are well down the route with a second engine
That said its never hurt Lotus or Aston who have bother relied on the same tub and engines for well over a decade until recently.