The McLaren 720S is less than a week old, but the team at McLaren Special Operations has already created its first wilder, redder example. Launched in Geneva, the Velocity shows what the team at MSO can do given enough time and money. And just like the original, it will also be fearsomely fast.
Perhaps the most striking element of the MSO Velocity is the two-tone red paint finish called – you guessed it – Velocity. A new shade of Nerello Red has been used for the nose and upper body panels, before blending into a brighter shade of Volcano Red on the rear and the lower body. Even the carbon fiber bonnet has been finished off in a special shade, although the weave is still visible through the new finish.
The fresh new paint is coupled with a set of lightweight wheels finished in metallic bronze, and the exterior is positively dripping with glossy carbon fiber add-ons. The full rear deck, service cover, aero elements on the rear and side-sills are finished in the lightweight weave.
Inside, the team at MSO has trimmed the bucket seats to match the exterior, which means the black Alcantara trim is offset with red leather details. Along with the bucket seats, the dash, steering wheel and doors have all been finished with a splash of color. We're sure some buyers will push the limits of taste much further when they spec their own cars, but the Velocity proves what can be done with a little restraint.
Power still comes from the same M480T V8 in the standard car, which means there's 710 hp (529 kW) of power and a massive 770 Nm (568 lb.ft) of torque on tap. The 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint flies by in just 2.9 seconds, and 200 km/h (124 mph) will be showing on the clever new speedo in just 7.8 seconds. To call this car fast would be selling it short: those are hypercar numbers.
The 720S MSO Velocity is on show in Geneva. Pricing starts at around £335,000 (US$407,500) for a car with a similar number of special MSO options, so only those with deep pockets need apply.