The ultra-wealthy over in the Middle East have a certain flair for the bespoke, and McLaren is meeting that demand with yet another MSO-developed 650S supercar. Making its premiere at the Dubai International Motor Show, the McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 is available exclusively to customers in the Middle East.
Consistent with previous McLaren models with the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) treatment, the 650S Spider Al Sahara has an aggressive appearance inside and out. Unique MSO side blades are made of carbon fiber, as are the side intakes, front splitter, and rear diffuser. Lightweight forged aluminum wheels boast a sporty gloss black finish. Interior appointments are commensurately luxurious, with Almond White leather and contrasting stitching and a dark gold finish for the interior switchgear.
Most distinctive, however, is the pearslescent white paint unique to the McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79. The ‘Al Sahara’ name refers to the Arabic word for desert, and the rich white paint is mixed with 24 carat gold particles. Gold has an atomic number of 79, which is the source of the ‘79’ suffix. Details inside the cabin, such as the steering wheel, center console, and door panels, echo the distinctive paint scheme meant to evoke the shimmer of desert sand.
The good news if you’re in the Middle East and thinking about a McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 is that performance figures aren’t affected by the special MSO package. It comes with the same 641-hp, 3.8-liter aluminum twin-turbo V-8 that rockets the swift Brit from 0-60 mph in just shy of 3.0 seconds.
As expected, the price tag isn’t cheap for the McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79. McLaren lists it at 1,456,308 AED, or about $396,500.