And no, children were not present for the boozing.
Auctioning off an exclusive, one-off supercar is perhaps one of the best ways to get wealthy donors to pony up for good causes. Good wine also goes a long way. McLaren has announced this 720S with numerous upgrades by its bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations, was recently auctioned off for $650,000 at the Naples Winter Wine Festival. All proceeds will be donated to the Naples Children & Education Foundation, an organization providing assistance to at-risk youth. All told, the charity event has raised to date $1,130,000.
As for the bespoke 720S, it features MSO-specific features such as Nerello Red exterior paint (named for the Nerello Mascalese grape from Sicily), Saddle Brown with Nerello stitching leather interior, and even a custom steering wheel covered in more leather and Carbon Black leather grips. Continuing with the whole wine theme, there’s a grape motif throughout and a unique dedication plate marking the specialty commission. Behind the driver (where the all supercar engines ought to be, just saying) lies a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is pretty ridiculous, with a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds, while getting from 0 to 124 mph takes only 7.8 seconds.
While this specific 720S by MSO sold for way above base price, McLaren has set a $284,745 base price for the 212-mph top speed supercar. Of course, tacking on additional features quickly jacks up the price tag, but just look again at its performance specs; a Ferrari Enzo isn’t as fast to 60 and its top speed is only 6 mph more. Performance and driving dynamics has come a very long in a very short period of time. Given everything, the McLaren 720S is an incredible bargain.