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Car and Driver: McLaren’s Geneva Teasers: Bare Carbon P1, Special 675LT Spider

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Next month, at the Geneva auto show, McLaren will trot out unique versions of two sold-out supercars and parade them in front of some of the wealthiest people in all of Europe. One is the P1, which ended its 375-car run two months ago, and the other a 675LT Spider, which sold out all 500 examples in a couple weeks. They’re taking the stand to remind McLaren buyers of the British automaker’s elaborate customization options, available via McLaren Special Operations.


The P1 by MSO, as it’s called, strips all paint and leaves this plug-in hybrid’s outrageous curves entirely naked in blue-tinted carbon fiber. (Bugatti did the same thing in 2009 with the Veyron Grand Sport Sang Bleu, and on at least one more Veyron Grand Sport in 2010.)


McLaren P1 carbon fiber tribute


Other upgrades include gloss black wheels and black microsuede trim with blue stitching. The real gem is the 24-karat-gold leaf that wraps the exhaust’s heat shield, in tribute to the legendary F1. MSO will do that for any McLaren, in addition to mixing 24-karat gold flecks into exterior paint like on the one-off 650S Spider Al Sahara 79.


The 675LT Spider, in a rather retro blue-grey, replaces only part of its body panels with unpainted (and standard black-colored) carbon fiber. Those items include the retractable hardtop, side skirts, side intakes, chin spoiler, front air intakes, rear bumper, and the underside of the retractable rear wing. Another 24-karat gold-plated heat shield is in place around the Spider’s enormous exhaust, peeping out from behind the engine vents.


McLaren will also unveil a new car, most likely a Longtail version of the 570S coupe. Unlike the P1 and the 675LT Spider, that will be a car one can actually buy.


-2016 Geneva Auto Show Full Coverage


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