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McLaren's 570GT MSO concept previews future Macca tech

It's not too often you get to peek into a crystal ball.

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You can never go wrong with a black-on-white exterior motif.


What does the future hold for McLaren? We already know the company plans on building a number of new vehicles by 2022, more than a few of which will be electrified to some degree. But what about on a smaller scale? McLaren's given us a few hints at that with its new 570GT MSO concept.

McLaren will debut this concept at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and it points to the company's vision for its future grand touring cars. A few unique touches include an electrochromic roof, which uses electricity to adjust the panoramic roof's opacity. Its interior also features a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system and a number of unique carbon fiber trim bits.

The 570GT MSO concept is also packing a titanium exhaust, which is 30 percent lighter than the traditional stainless steel system. Its heat shields utilize a "golden titanium nitride tint," which changes color from gold to a bluish purple as the exhaust heats up and cools down. The rest of the exterior features a black-on-white motif with side sills swathed in carbon fiber.

While many of these new pieces are one-off treatments for the time being, McLaren says the parts will eventually be offered as part of the MSO Defined portfolio, which gives buyers additional high-end options for their vehicles. After all, when you're spending around a quarter-million bucks for a car, you want it to feel special.

Underneath all the fancy stuff, it's still a regular 570GT. Its 560-ish horsepower comes from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8, and it remains loaded with plenty of creature comforts not seen in the 570S or other models. The MSO concept will be at Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week, if you're in that neck of the woods.

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