McLaren is bidding farewell to its Sports Series range designation for new cars with the arrival of the last 620R models in North American retailers. The final example of the limited-volume, racetrack-honed coupe was built at McLaren’s Woking, UK, headquarters in December 2020, bringing Sports Series production to an end after five years. The Sports Series debuted in 2015 with the 570S, and also included the 540C, 570S Spider, 570GT, 600LT coupe, 600LT Spider and 620R. Over 8,500 cars were sold globally.
The McLaren 620R is a road legal version of a race car, based on the McLaren 570S GT4, which maximizes motorsport technology without the restriction of racing regulations. It is the most powerful Sports Series model ever, with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 611bhp and 457lb ft torque. The 620R shares aerodynamic hardware from the 570S GT4, creating 408lbs of downforce across the aerodynamic bodywork at 155mph. Lowered suspension with wider track, carbon ceramic brakes and center locking wheels, and low-exit stainless steel sports exhaust all contribute to the overall experience – a racecar for the road.
“As the McLaren range has matured, we’ve tailored our North American model line-up to closely match customers’ requirements, with a car suitable for every personality,” explained Tony Joseph, President, McLaren, the Americas. “Limited-numbers models with the highest levels of performance – cars like the 620R, which feels like a race car on the street or at a track day - are in demand not only because of the driving experience they offer but because they have even greater exclusivity. You can see how this has played out with the 765LT as well, with all of the available volume sold.”
Of the 225 examples of the 620R produced, only 70 were slated for the North American market, and only a few are still available to purchase. All North American 620R models come with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre roof with a roof scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, MSO Defined gloss finish carbon fibre roof cantrails and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and three cameras to record those exhilarating track moments – all at no extra cost.