McLaren is introducing a 650S Spider special edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Can-Am racing season.

McLaren is introducing a 650S Spider special edition to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the inaugural Can-Am racing season.


It was 1966 when the first Can-Am racing season took place and a year later McLaren started its domination by winning five consecutive championships between 1967 and 1971. On this occasion, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has prepared a tweaked version of the 650S Spider that takes design cues from the race cars of those times.


The vehicle wears an appealing red & black livery and comes with a carbon fiber retractable hard top while the hood, front splitter, rear bumper center, airbrake, door blades and even the Can-Am branded sill cover are all made from the same lightweight yet durable material. It can also be visually distinguished by its bespoke forged alloy wheels featuring a glossy black finish and a diamond cut rim. These wheels were inspired by those of the 60s racers and come with titanium bolts and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.


As standard, the McLaren 650S Spider Can-Am gets carbon ceramic brakes with black calipers, carbon fiber louvered front wings and a specially developed quad exhaust system made from polished stainless steel. There aren’t any changes in the engine bay as this limited-run model has the same twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter engine with 650 PS (478 kW) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque which is enough muscle to ensure a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 3 seconds and a 204 mph (329 km/h) top speed.


Customers are able to choose between Mars Red, Papaya Spark and Onyx Black exterior paint schemes which all come with a corresponding racing livery. Inside the cabin, the cars get leather and Alcantara upholstery, carbon fiber accents and a bespoke dedication plaque mounted on the driver’s door.

McLaren plans on making just 50 units which will be sold globally and in United Kingdom it starts at £255,850, with deliveries planned for next spring. 

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