McLaren 620R review

A GT4-inspired road car racer inspires a new generation of Maccas

The 620R is a product that demonstrates genuine motorsport credibility and should be a home run for any organisation.

McLaren, the racing team, existed 22 years before McLaren Cars was established to produce the F1 car. It took McLaren Automotive 47 years to arrive. The new McLaren 620R is a supercar that’s mid-engined and carbonfibre-tubbed. It also has a 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine with dual-clutch auto gearbox. It is louder and more feisty than the Ford GT. I could live with it, but it would be a shame if I was on my way to a circuit.

This niche market is very niche and British marques should excel in it. The British marque has its customer and works racing programs in the GT4/GT3 classes, and the long-standing obsession with Formula 1.

What is the McLaren Sports Series 620R? It’s the final McLaren Sports Series supercar before the excellent ‘juniors’ supercars are taken out by the new V6 plug-in hybrids. This will be announced in the early part of next year.

It could be that the 620R simply a straight-road-legal version the 570S GT4 racing vehicle costs PS180,000 plus another PS160,000 for six rounds on Europe’s most famous circuits. The 620R is then homologated for the GT4. It is unlikely, since it was released long after the racer. Is it just an exhilarating car, that has been honed on track and is also a joy to drive? McLaren’s answer, if possible, to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS or Ferrari 488 Pista.

It is a road-legal 570S GT4 GT4. Officially, the 620R is a street-legal 570S GT4, designed for the sheer thrill of driving it. We’ll soon find out what that means and whether it is enough to be considered a driver’s vehicle, as opposed to the sensational 600LT.

A quick look at the McLaren Sports Series range

McLaren’s Sports Series cars have reached their end with the 620R.

The model range has grown to include 600LT models that are track-focused, as well as the luxurious and more comfortable 570GT. Convertible variants are also available, which are built around the 600LT and 570S models.

In the near future, a next-generation model will be available with a V6 hybrid powertrain to replace the Sports Series range.

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