At the end of 2019, before the start of the terrible decade, McLaren gave birth to a rare subspecies of the 570S – the 620R. Only 350 examples of the road-approved racing car will ever be built and one of them traveled to the Philippines, albeit illegally.
Caught by the country’s customs office, the limited-edition McLaren 620R was caught red-handed at the port of Manila. Worse yet, the special supercar was declared a Porsche Cayman to avoid the inevitable taxes.
In a report from the Philippine Customs Office, the McLaren 620R was supposed to arrive in Manila on July 16, 2020 and was apprehended by authorities on August 3. current exchange rates, with corresponding duties and taxes of 16.8 million pesos ($ 342,000). It should be noted that the Mclaren 620R has a starting price of $ 299,000 in the United States.
In addition, the Philippine Customs Office noted that the importer only declared 1.5 million pesos ($ 30,550) in taxes with this shipment, avoiding about 90 percent of the total duty.
The Philippines, under President Duterte’s government, has been notorious in tracking down illegal shipments in their quest to optimize tax collection. However, cars seized by authorities usually end up being destroyed, as we have seen on several occasions over the past three years.
With that in mind, we can’t help but wonder what will be the fate of this McLaren 620R now that it’s in the hands of the rightful authorities. We hope that it will not be bulldozed like many luxury vehicles, sports cars and even special bikes before. After all, it’s a rare supercar that doesn’t deserve to be sentenced to a scrapyard.