McLaren really going hard this year. It unveiled a new Sport Series member that is above the extreme 600LT. The new car goes by the name 620R, and it’s essentially a street-legal version of the 570S GT4 race car.
Only 350 are destined to be built and its will start in January for those willing to pay the $299,000 starting price in the U.S.
The 620R is truly a road-legal 570S GT4 race car at its core. McLaren simply homologated it for road use, and then took advantage of the total lack of racing regulations to make it even quicker than the race version. Buyers can even select a bespoke set of Pirelli slick tires to boost grip and braking performance, though these are designed for track-use only. For the street, McLaren fits the 620R with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Rs.
An upgraded Bowers & Wilkins upgraded audio system is available as an optional extra. The driver and passenger sit in lightweight carbon fiber racing seats with six-point racing harnesses, fitted as standard. A McLaren Track Telemetry system comes as standard and is displayed on a center-mounted seven-inch touchscreen.
Powering the 620R is the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine used in the GT4 car, but with significantly more power. Since the car isn’t restricted by racing regulations, the engine ECU and turbocharger management have been reconfigured to produce 610 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, making the 620R the most powerful Sports Series car yet. This enables the 620R to hit 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-124 mph in 8.1 seconds before maxing out at 200 mph.
The McLaren 620R looks like a race car, handles like a race car, performs like a race car and feels like a race car, resulting in a seamless transition from race to road and vice versa. It shares the same lightweight single-piece carbon fiber Monocell II chassis as the 570S GT4, with a targeted dry weight of 2,826 pounds. Adjustable aerodynamic elements, race-derived suspension components, and powertrain recalibration to increase power and performance further enhance the 620R’s dynamics.
The time needed to hit 124 mph (200 km/h) from a standstill has dramatically dropped, from 9.5 seconds to 8.1 seconds. Due to the updated aero focusing on acceleration rather than top speed, the maximum velocity has slightly decreased from 204 mph (328 km/h) to 200 mph (322 km/h).
The extra performance was unlocked not just by massaging the V8 engine as McLaren’s skilled engineers also managed to shave off a significant amount of weight by taking inspiration from the 570S GT4 racer. It has a dry weight of just 1,282 kilograms (2,826 pounds) or 31 kg (69 lbs) less than the standard 570S.
The wheels measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear and are wrapped in 225/35-size tires at the front and 285/35-size tires at the rear. Carbon-ceramic brake rotors are standard, naturally.
Three colors are available inspired by the 570S: McLaren Orange (with white racing stripes), Silica White (orange stripes) and Onyx Black (orange stripes). Each can be optioned with race number decals and/or partner decals. Additional body colors are available from MSO.