Get McLaren GT4 race car tech on the road in the tall-winged 620R

The McLaren 620R will cost you about $300K.

Automakers love to promise “a race car for the road.” Normally they’re just fast road cars, which is fine, but McLaren is taking its 570S GT4 and converting it for street duty. That includes putting a brake light on the foot-high wing, but also some other things. There are a few manufacturers I would trust to put “a race car on the road,” and McLaren is one of them.

Starting with the midship-placed 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that all McLarens get some form of, the powerplant is boosted to 610 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque in this application with no race regulations to follow. The company’s same seven-speed dual-clutch puts power to the rear wheels, and top speed is 200 mph. The sprint to 60 takes 2.8 seconds, and 124 mph goes by in 8.1 seconds.

The true differentiator in the 620R is the installation of the GT4’s two-way manually adjustable coilovers that are 13 pounds lighter than the standard Sport Series units (McLaren has three grades of vehicle: Ultimate, Super and Sports Series). The suspension also features lightweight aluminum wishbones and uprights and stiffer antiroll bars.

The McLaren 620R comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8.

The McLaren 620R has a seven-speed DCT.

The McLaren 620R begins production in January.

The McLaren 620R gets a GT4-style rear wing, but with a brake light.

The McLaren 620R gets two-way, manually adjustable front coilovers.

The McLaren 620R is street legal.

The McLaren 620R delivers 610 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque.

The McLaren 620R’s wing is also adjustable, but only at a retailer.

The McLaren 620R costs $299,000.

The McLaren 620R comes with 15.3-inch carbon ceramic brake discs in front. 

Slowing everything down are carbon-ceramic brake discs measuring 15.3 inches in front and 15 inches in back. Those discs are clamped upon by forged aluminum brake calipers. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires are standard.

That big wing comes from the retailer set at the least aggressive of three settings, and McLaren says you can have it adjusted if you bring it back to the retailer. Other race bits include front dive planes that smooth out the air around the vehicle, cool the brakes AND add downforce—there’s also a new hood. A carbon-fiber roof scoop is optional.

McLaren will build just 350 620Rs beginning in January. Each one will cost $299,000. You don’t have to get the hexagonal paint job, but you should.

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