Dubai, UAE has become one of the hottest destinations on the planet regarding tourism. It is nearing the popularity and royalty that Monaco currently holds. Hence it made perfect sense that McLaren decided to unveil the 650S Spider Al Sahara at the Dubai Motor Show. The bespoke 650S Spider Al Sahara has been developed specifically for Middle East customers. The inspiration of the design can be seen through the paint schemes and specifications that have been lifted from the culture and traditions of the Middle East.
The paintwork on the car has been mimicked through a pearlescent white gold finish on the car which is to represent the golden sands of Arabian deserts. A factor of luxury was added to the paint in which the final coat of paint includes 24 carat gold particles in order to make the car sparkle.
The bespoke 650S includes a retractable hard top and lightweight aluminum wheels are both finished in a glossy black in order to create a contrast with the exterior paint of the car. Carbon fiber has been used generously in the car in order to lighten and strengthen the overall weight of the car but also to add an aesthetic racecar feel to the 650S Al Sahara, components such as the side intakes, front and rear diffuser are all in carbon fiber.
The interior of the car is a fully custom-zoned Almond white leather upholstery that include electrically adjustable sports seats with contrast stitching as well as the Al Sahara paint scheme being followed for the steering wheel, center console and door panels around the heating and ventilation controls. Switchgear and heating vents have been finished in a dark golden color.
The power of the 650S Spider comes from the phenomenal 3.8-liter twin turbo V8. The car has the ability to produce over 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. This allows the 650S Spider to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat and will go on to a top speed of 204 mph.
The Middle East has the highest element of customization of their cars; these include features such as unique paint colors, stitching, leathers and aerodynamic upgrades. MSO has identified the request from enthusiasts in the Middle East asking for more bespoke edition vehicles to arrive in their region. More than 25 percent of all models going to the Middle East contain some sort of bespoke design or element in them.