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One of a kind for charity

A ONE-of-a-kind McLaren 720S created by the British manufacturer has been auctioned for charity at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, raising $884,800 for the Naples Children and Education Foundation.

Developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the 720S started life in luxury specification before a range of additional options were fitted, including extensive use of carbon fibre on the exterior and interior of the car.

Additional MSO-specific content includes a red exterior paint finish a brown with red stitching leather interior and a custom steering wheel in leather and carbon black leather grips.

The seats are embroidered with a Kiwi emblem, and a grape motif is featured throughout the vehicle, while a bespoke dedication plate marks this 720S specialty commission.

“The McLaren 720S is an extraordinary vehicle — in fact, demand exceeds supply, which makes it even more exciting for us to be able to offer this MSO 720S to the winning bidder, who will be able to take delivery immediately,” said Tony Joseph, president of McLaren North America.

“The work done by the Naples Children and Education Foundation to help transform the lives of children is so important and we are honored to donate a vehicle to this cause.”

Despite this McLaren’s luxurious finish, with a 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 537kW and 770Nm of torque, 0-100kmh takes only 2.8 seconds and 0-200kmh is reached in a 7.8 seconds.

The McLaren 720S debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show as McLaren’s first replacement of a model family, the Super Series.

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McLaren 720S personalised by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Photo / McLaren