McLaren arrived at the this year’s Beijing Auto Show with a special version of its 570GT. Though still made in the UK, it’s been designed in China specifically for the Chinese market.
Called the Cabbeen Collection, it stems from a collaboration with a Chinese fashion designer who goes only by the name Mr. Cabbeen. Aesthetically, it’s decked out in Obsidian Black with a dragon motif, the latter being hand-painted on the doors in Gloss Speedline Gold, a color also found on the wheels and calipers.
Inside, the Alcantara-trimmed center console and rear luggage deck feature more dragon designs. These are hand-stitched by Kang Huifang, director of embroidery at China’s Arts and Crafts Institute and a specialist in traditional Chao embroidery.
The 570GT is McLaren’s idea of a grand tourer. It still packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in the middle of a two-seat carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. But atop that engine, there’s an extra luggage compartment (called the “touring deck”) to give it extra space. It also has a softer setup than the 570S and more subtle design accents.
“McLaren Special Operations is dedicated to providing customers with tailored choices that offer them almost endless personalisation alternatives,” commented, Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “As a fusion of contemporary British design style and Chinese classic art elements, the 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection was created to satisfy Chinese customers’ desire for individualisation and is further evidence of the growing interest in MSO services in the China market.”
Following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show this week, the automaker will produce a total of just five examples. This is the second market-specific special edition that MSO has released this month, following the similarly limited 570S Spider released for Canada.