If you’ve been lusting over the Cabbeen Collection McLaren 570 GT ever since it was presented at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, now’s the time to get up and get one as the only example to hit American shores is up for grabs.
What’s special about it?
For starters, MSO built a sixth – there won’t be a seventh – car in this specification to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig. That’s why the car also received a special VIN number ending in 888888. It was unveiled at the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Asian Business Connection Committee on February 1st.
It was created by MSO (McLaren Special Operations) together with Chinese fashion designer and entrepreneur, Mr. Cabbeen.
Cabbeen Fashion is a well-known Chinese fashion house specializing in menswear. Founded in 1997 by Ziming Yang, who is the company’s Chairman to this day, it employs over 400 people and has over 840 retail outlets in all and had revenue of almost $140 million in 2017.
Beyond the VIN, this car is identical to the other Cabbeen 570 GTs which means it’s painted in MSO Bespoke Obsidian Black with hand-painted gloss Speedline Gold dragons on the inserts of the doors.
The golden dragons are matched by the equally golden 15-spoke wheels which sit in front of Speedline Gold disc brakes. Beyond the unique paint scheme, MSO did nothing else to the exterior of this McLaren.
With that being said, once you’ll open the door, you’ll be greeted by the same dragon placed in between the seats up front and on the cargo tray in the back. McLaren said that “the dragon motifs are an example of Chao Embroidery, which is recognized as part of China’s cultural heritage.” The 570 GT also has MSO Defined carbon fiber door sills.
As a fusion of contemporary British design style and Chinese classic art elements, the 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection was created to satisfy Chinese customers’ desire for individualization and is further evidence of the growing interest in MSO services in the China market,” said MSO boss Ansar Ali.
Powering the McLaren 570GT is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine, producing 570 PS (562 HP) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. In a straight line, it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, before maxing out at 328 km/h (204 mph). Compared to the 570S, the GT version features an extra luggage compartment and a softer setup.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but custom-made, hand-embroidered stitching from a preserver of Chao Embroidery probably won’t come cheap.
There is, then, a whole world of choices when it comes to MSO-defined McLaren cars and we’re sure more are being conceived as we speak. Personally, I enjoy looking at this car for it reminds me of the JPS-sponsored Lotus F1 cars of the ’70s and ’80s that also blended gold and black although without any Chinese dragons in sight.
Interested in owning it? Be sure to contact McLaren Beverly Hills right here.
Images: Courtesy of McLaren