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Look Out Mansory: McLaren Special Operations Debuts Verdant Theme GT

It ain’t easy being green—and this is why

Aaron GoldWriterManufacturerPhotographer

Automakers and third-party companies find big money in building bespoke-themed supercars and exotics. But as McLaren Special Operations (MSO)'s Verdant Theme McLaren GT shows, just because you can do a thing doesn't mean you should.

Credit MSO for holding true to the idea of "verdant" which, Merriam-Webster tells us, means "green in color" or "green with growing plants." We're pretty sure we can imagine which plants were being consumed before design of the paint scheme, which encompasses three shades of green (Horsell, Arbor, and Steppe) fading into one another in what appears to be a demonstration of the T-shirt airbrush artist's finest efforts. Add a few stick-on question marks and The Riddler has his next ride.

The interior makes liberal use of gray cashmere—innovative, for sure—to complement the black and two-tone-green interior. It's actually not a bad color combination save for the neon-green piping on the seats, which forms a pattern not unlike what you'd seen on a designer sports bra. MSO logos are liberally sprinkled outside and in, because when you create a car like this, you own it proudly.

Don't get us wrong—we like the idea of a factory-bespoke McLaren; maybe we just expected a bit more subtlety from the automakers' in-house designers. We think the use of cashmere is cool, and hope McLaren will next use it to create something more subtle while leaving creations like this wild green machine to the diamond-encrusted scoundrels at Mansory.

The Verdant Edition GT was scheduled to be shown at the canceled 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but we're glad we got to see it, anyway.

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