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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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