McLaren is promising its 620R racing car with number plates will bring GT4 thrills to the road. To test this claim we put it up against the 991.2 911 GT3 RS in our latest issue, so here are the highlights from Richard Meaden’s test - to read the verdict, pick up your copy of evo issue 278.
Though it might lack the headline figures of some of its rivals, the GT3 RS has become our benchmark for everything that makes a great driver’s car, something that the McLaren’s power advantage was never going to be enough to topple, but can it stand up to the Porsche dynamically?
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As quite literally a GT4 car for the road, the 620R differs from it’s road-biased 600LT sibling with a number of aerodynamic tweaks borrowed by the racer. The changes continue under the skin; power is up 19bhp over even the outstanding 600LT, while adjustable coilover dampers, stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, and elements such as stainless steel bushes in the suspension top mounts are all derived from the racer.
Contrasting McLaren's twin-turbocharged power plant, the GT3’s rear-mounted 4-litre flat-six does without the rush of torque-rich delivery, but counters with response that’s near-unmatched on the road, plus offers the thrill of a 9000rpm redline.
So does the Porsche maintain its position at the peak of our affections? To read the full story, pick up your copy of evo issue 278 where Richard Meaden puts them to the test. If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk, or subscribe here.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.