Since the debut of the 570S GT4 in 2017, McLaren has achieved various racing successes with this racing car. Many private teams worldwide use this variant of the Sports Series, in the 2019 season alone on four different continents. In order to share the knowledge gained from motorsport events with all customers (also those without racing ambitions), they now presented the 620R as the latest offshoot of the entry-level sportscar series. While the racing car is limited by the respective regulations of the racing series it is running in, the engineers of the 620R were only limited by registration regulations. Therefore, the 3.8 liter V8 biturbo engine could be fully left off the leash. In fact, it performs even better than the 600LT, which had been the top of the Sports Series so far. In keeping with its name, the 620R now offers both 620 hp and 620 newtonmeters of torque. Customers can accelerate from a standstill to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and to 200 kph (124 mph) in 8.1 seconds. The topspeed is 322 kph (200 mph).
Optically and technically, the McLaren 620R is clearly based on the 570S GT4. Stiffer engine mounts, coilover motorsport dampers with dual compression and rebound adjustments, stiffer stabilizers and springs are used to increase the driving pleasure. All four wheels feature carbon-ceramic brake discs with forged aluminium brake calipers, which are supplied with pressure from the brake booster of the McLaren Senna. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi slick tires sit on the 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels with central locks ex works, which can optionally be exchanged for Pirelli full racing slick tires if the 620R is to be used exclusively on closed racetracks. The bodywork features the adjustable carbon rear wing on 32-centimeter high supports, the front hood with additional air outlets, the front bumper including a spoiler lip and the lateral aero blades of the GT4 racecar, which together generate up to 185 kilograms of downforce.
Inside the McLaren 620R also clearly shows what inspired its creation. The clear absence of carpets, floor mats, glove compartment, IRIS navigation system, audio system or air conditioning points to motorsports as the origin of all development ideas. However, these items can be ordered separately or together free of charge. Alternatively, there is a weight-optimised audio system from Bowers & Wilkins. Despite the absence of a sound and navigation system, a seven-inch touchscreen display is used in the center console to show the data from the standard McLaren Track Telemetry System (MTT). Ultra-light carbon bucket seats combined with six-point belts provide good anchorage for the driver and co-driver. A red 12 o’clock mark and extended carbon shift paddles are located at and behind the steering wheel. The spokes of the steering wheel and the center console are also made of carbon. Additional pull straps on the door are there to close them even if you have already fastened your seat belt. In addition, each 620R receives a special dedication badge with sequential vehicle numbering.
The ‘MSO Roof Scoop Upgrade Package’ with a functional air scoop on the roof can be ordered for an extra charge. In addition to the standard paint finishes ‘McLaren Orange’ (with white racing stripes), ‘Silica White’ or ‘Onyx Black’ (each with orange stripes), each with or without start number fields and/or sponsor stickers, MSO offers other paint colors on request. There is also an exclusive printed special wrap with inspiration from the Senna GTR as well as various other options to individualise the 620R. Customers can choose the ‘Gloss Finish Visual Carbon Fibre Exterior’ package with various bodywork parts in glossy carbon, a titanium sports exhaust system with black tailpipes or different colors for the safety belts. In Germany, the basic price is 300,000 € (incl. MwSt.), in Switzerland it is 310,500 CHF and in the UK £ 250,000. The customer not only purchases the car, but will also take part in a Pure McLaren Track Day including personal driving training.