McLaren's affordable section has given us gems like the 570S and 600 LT.
Things are changing at McLaren. The recently launched Artura dispenses with the brand's familiar V8 in favor of a V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain, but this doesn't mean it's any less fun than other McLarens. Recently, Roger Ormisher, Vice President Communications and PR of McLaren in The Americas, confirmed that the brand's Sports Series would be discontinued. Now, the last new examples of the McLaren 620R have started arriving at dealerships. This final batch of 620Rs will be the last McLaren Sports Series cars, bringing an end to the model line that included the stellar 600LT. Production came to an end in December of 2020.
The Sports Series models were produced for a period of five years and included models like the 540C, 570GT, 600LT, and 600LT Spider. In total, over 8,500 examples of the Sports Series found homes around the world. The 620R represents one of the most impressive Sports Series models.
Its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 generates 611 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. A true racecar for the road, it has a widened track, a lowered suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Only 225 620Rs were produced, and just 70 of these were destined for the US market.
Those 70 cars all have a McLaren Special Operations (MSO) upgrade pack that includes a Visual Carbon Fiber roof with a gloss finish. These models also have a roof scoop that enhances the engine intake and exhaust acoustics. "As the McLaren range has matured, we've tailored our North American model lineup to closely match customers' requirements," said Tony Joseph, President, McLaren, the Americas. McLaren's lineup will now be made up of supercars such as the 720S, the Ultimate Series models like the Senna and Elva, and the GT. The Artura is the brand's first High-Performance Hybrid supercar but is not considered a direct replacement for the Sports Series.