McLaren Automotive unveiled the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79, exclusive to the Middle East, at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show, which started on Tuesday (10 November).

Created by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), Al Sahara means "desert" in Arabic and features a unique pearlescent white gold paintwork. This unique paint finish is achieved through the addition of 24 carat gold particles, claims McLaren. The metal associated with opulence and luxury in the region has an atomic number of 79.

Contrasting detailing on the exterior of the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 includes a retractable hard top and lightweight forged alloy wheels finished in gloss black. Carbon fibre is used for the side intakes, front splitter and rear diffuser, while full-length carbon-fibre side blades provide a more purposeful and sculpted appearance.

The interior features black and Almond White leather upholstered electrically-adjustable sports seats with contrasting stitching. The Al Sahara 79 paint scheme carried through to the steering wheel, centre console and door panels around the heating and ventilation controls. A dark golden finish has been applied to all switchgear and heating vents.

The sports car is powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine producing 641bhp and 678Nm of torque mated to seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The engine power the car to run from 0 to 100kmph in 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 329kmph.

McLaren also said the Middle East is one of the market featuring the highest levels of MSO customisation globally, with more than 25% of all models bound for the region containing an element of bespoke content. This ranges from unique colours, stitching, leathers and aerodynamic upgrades.