The people of Saint-Cloud will have to get used to passing McLarens in the streets. The English manufacturer opened its new point of sale in the Hauts-de-Seine in September, the only one in France apart from Monaco. Designed in collaboration with the Schumacher Group, one of the largest automobile distributors in the Paris region, this showroom is no ordinary concession. Moreover, it has a very specific name: "La Maison McLaren Paris".
Before even entering the showroom, we discover a dozen models, each as rare as the next, parked in front of the front door. “Some are for sale,” says Federica Bruno, communications consultant for McLaren Automotive. Among them is the McLaren 620R, a homologated racing car selling for over 330,000 euros. “There are only 225 copies in the world,” says Federica Bruno. As if to show us our chance to see one in real life.
We walk through the door of the McLaren House and discover a very chic room in which are exposed two other exceptional cars. The first is an example of the McLaren P1, a monster of over 900 hp which was the world's first hypercar with a hybrid engine in 2012. With such a car, so wide and so low, we say to ourselves that it takes a hell of a lot. talent for driving around town without rubbing the bodywork.
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The other car on display below the showroom is one of the brand's new models, the McLaren GT. It develops “only” 620 hp, which makes it one of the least powerful in the catalog, but it already offers its share of sensations with a stopwatch of less than 3.5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. This model stands out above all for its exclusive “Dark Green” shade, the color gradation of which required 430 hours of work for the teams at MSO, McLaren's personalization department. The price of such work will remain confidential, but be aware that a simple "special" painting is already around 10,000 euros.
Customers are "at home"
We go upstairs to discover a room dedicated to the brand's customers with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. The decor is chic and everything is combined to make customers feel "at home" (large sofa, television area, music, books, cigars available) while their car is pampered in the workshop. Another room located at the back of the showroom is dedicated to future Loto winners. This is where you can build the McLaren of your dreams. There are no limits: from the bodywork to the carpet, everything is customizable. The brand is even able to reproduce a color or a material from a sample, such as a pair of shoes or even … nail polish!
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