You can now buy a Gulf-liveried McLaren 720s
Courtesy of MSO, McLaren Special Operations
If there's one thing that we, as car people, unanimously and collectively agree on is that Gulf-liveried cars look great. If we ran a poll, asking random petrolheads across the globe to rank their favourite liveries, the Gulf one (along with the Martini livery) would inevitably end up in the top 3.
MSO, the in-house personalisation branch of McLaren, has decided to celebrate the iconic Gulf colours by creating a special hand-painted livery for the 720s, custom made to celebrate McLaren's renewed partnership with Gulf Oil International. The option is available for a "limited number of customers" and the customisation job includes matching brake calipers, bespoke interior, with blue and orange stitching, Gulf logos embroidered on the headrests and matching centre band on the steering wheel with carbon fibre spokes. Ah yes, and matching key shells.
The McLaren-Gulf love story began in Formula 1 and the Can-Am series in 1968 and it was later revived in the early 1990s with the mythological McLaren F1 GTR, which won the1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997.
Built on a carbon fibre Monocage and tipping the scales at just 2,828 lbs (1,282 kg), the 720s is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8, putting out 710 bhp and 568 lb/ft, good enough to properl the car from standstill to sixty mph in just 2.8 seconds. The top speed is 212 mph. And it's now available with the Gulf livery. Excellent.