- Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

So, this happened! I came across an article on Car And Driver magazine about the reveal of the McLaren 620R and I absolutely love it.

As confusing as the McLaren lineup is complex, regarding names and everything in general, every car stands out for various reasons. To be honest I was never a fan of the whole Road- Going-Race-Car, but the 2017 Ford GT changed that for good. I saw myself falling in love with the Senna prototype when it was being criticized for supposedly looking "ugly". The point is I like this very much from the very beginning.

Let's talk numbers. The 620R is basically a GT4 race-car dressed up for a formal party. The 620R is powered by the same 3.8L twin turbo V8 found in the 570 S/GT/GT4 cars, pumping 610 British horses and 457 Lb-ft (620 N-m) of torque and it will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. The aero bits are also borrowed directly from the GT4 car. Overall it's story is kind of similar to the Ford GT derived from the Le Mans race-car.

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

It is a gorgeous, aggressive track monster which is tamed by tweaking it a little to make it street legal. As said earlier, aero bits have been borrowed from the race-car itself, but they have added a third brake light to make it road legal. Clever!

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

Oh! The wing. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of that carbon wing! It is functional, of course. Including the beautiful wing, the amount of downforce generated is 128 kgs, which, by itself is not really outlandish. But when you pair that with the semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres fitted as standard which can be switched to slicks without mechanical adjustment, translates to immense grip and clean corners.

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

Image borrowed from Car And Driver magazine.

The 620R is a limited run car. Only 350 will be produced and will cost $300,000 ( INR 2.1 Crores) a pop. And yes, that price gets you a McLaren Track Telemetry system and no resrtictions on the racetrack, which as McLaren likes to call "a smooth transition between rad and track". I think it is arguably the only true Senna successor.

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