Tuesday, January 31, 2023
News New McLaren 620R Is A Barely Street-Legal Race Car

New McLaren 620R Is A Barely Street-Legal Race Car

  • 620R is based on McLaren 570 GT4 race care.
  • 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 generates 620PS, or 611-horsepower.
  • Pricing starts at $299,000 US, production begins next month.
  • Only 350 will be built.

For such a small and relatively new full-production car company, McLaren is never at a loss for what to do next. We’ve almost lost count but in 2019, they’ve launched the GT, the Elva, the Speedtail, and now, the 620R. By the Elva, most limited-series car companies would have called it a year, but not McLaren.

We think that the British supercar builder works this way because they are accessible, and open. Their customers need not play for A.C. Milan, or be on the Forbes Top 100 list or already own five late model cars from the same company, they need only have the necessary funds and love driving.

With strong customer demand, McLaren have homologated a package for their successful McLaren 570S GT4 race car. The 620R, in McLaren’s words: “handles like a race car, performs like a race car and feels like a race car.” It also happens to look like a race car as the adjustable carbon fibre rear wing, front bumper, splitter and bonnet are all heavily inspired by the race car’s equipment. They are adapted for street use, if barely.

Power the new McLaren 620R is the brand’s well-honed M838TE 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with reconfigured ECU and turbocharger management. The result is all of 611-horsepower and 457 lb.-ft. of torque. The numbers are as expected: 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds (although probably a little quicker we think), 0-124mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed 200mph.

Serious stopping power comes from the company’s track-focused carbon ceramic discs (390mm front, 380mm rear) and forged aluminum brake callipers. The car also has two-way manually adjustable coilover and rolls on hyper-aggressive Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tires.

Pricing is set at US$299,000. In North America, McLaren offers the option of a no-cost MSO package which includes glossy Visual Carbon Fibre roof with scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function with 3 cameras.

Only 350 examples of the new McLaren 620R will be sold so get on the horn!

Source: McLaren

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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