McLaren is justifiably proud of their 570S GT4. It’s their most successful GT race car that they have ever built. Since 2017, it has won races in every championship it has competed in—and that’s on four different continents. It’s been on the podium more than any other McLaren, and that’s saying something. The drawback to this champion race car, however, is that it has to conform to very specific rules. McLaren poses an interesting question: “What would the 570S GT4 be like if freed from those restrictions?” And that was the motivation behind the McLaren 620R.
Built as a limited edition, fully road-legal race car for the general public, the 620R is a race car build for the road. “The McLaren 620R is a limited edition, superlight coupe that is the perfect choice for an enthusiast wanting an authentic motorsport driving sensations—and performance to match—on both track and road,” states Mike Flewitt, the CEO of McLaren Automotive. Unlike McLaren’s other Sports Series models, the 620R is lighter, thanks to its single-piece carbon fiber Monocell II chassis. The 620R weighs only 1,282 kilograms, a drop of 31 kilograms compared to the 570S. McLaren also employed adjustable aerodynamic elements as well as a suspension system that is derived from McLaren’s racing experience. The 620R is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 620PS (roughly 610 braking horsepower)—the very reason for its name “620R”—as well as 457 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are better than McLaren’s champion 570S by 49 horsepower and 14 lb-ft. The extra power comes from tweaking the turbocharger management and the ECU. Getting from 0 to 62 happens in just 2.9 seconds. And getting to 124 miles per hour? That only takes 8.1 seconds. There is one drop in the stats, however. Maximum speed went from 204 miles per hour to 200 miles per hour, but that drop comes because of updated aerodynamics that improve acceleration.
For the interior, McLaren added in carbon fiber racing seats with six-point harnesses. Door pull straps and carbon fiber shift paddles were also added. The 620R comes in Onyx Black with orange stripes, Silica White with orange stripes, or McLaren Orange with white stripes—that doesn’t mean you couldn’t pick your own livery if you wanted, including both colors and decals. The McLaren 620R will start production in January, and will be priced at $299,000.