McLaren’s special operations team has created a bespoke 650S Spider – incorporating 24-carat gold into the paintwork.

The ‘Al Sahara 79’ has been unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show, and is aimed directly at the Middle Eastern market.

The Al Sahara’s shimmering exterior colour is created by mixing 24-carat gold together with standard paint – and is inspired by the golden sands found in the Middle East.

On top of the specially made paint, the Al Sahara features gloss black forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser.

Inside, the Al Sahara comes with black and white leather upholstery with contrasting stitching. The exterior paint scheme is brought inside too, with the Al Sahara’s switchgear and heating vents finished in a dark gold colour. On top of this, the steering wheel, centre console and door panels are finished in the same colour scheme as found on the exterior.

More than 25 per cent of McLaren orders from the Middle East have contained a bespoke specification, which is one of the reasons why McLaren Special Operations has turned its attention to the region.

While every attempt has been made to make the Al Sahara easily to differentiate from the standard 650S, the original car’s engine has been carried over without modification. This means that the Al Sahara still manages to reach 60mph in 3 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 204mph.

Paul Mackenzie, McLaren Special Operations Director said: “The 650S Al Sahara project offered an exciting opportunity to create a truly bespoke car inspired by the rich history and culture of the Middle Eastern region.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 11, 2015

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