At the end of 2019, before the dreadful decade started, McLaren gave birth to a rare subspecies of the 570S – the 620R. Only 350 units of the road-legal race car will ever be built and one of them made its way to the Philippines, albeit, illegally.
As reported by the country's Bureau of Customs, the limited-run McLaren 620R was caught red-handed at the Port of Manila. Worse, the special supercar was declared as a Porsche Cayman to avoid inevitable taxes.
Gallery: 2020 McLaren 620R
In a social media post by the Philippine Bureau of Customs, the McLaren 620R was supposed to arrive in Manila on July 16, 2020 and was apprehended by the authorities on August 3. It was supposed to be locally valued at P33-million or around £514,000 at the current exchange rates, with corresponding duties and taxes of P16.8-million (£262,000). Of note, the Mclaren 620R has a £250,000 starting price tag in the UK.
Moreover, the Philippine Bureau of Customs noted that the importer only declared P1.5-million (£23,400) worth of taxes with this shipment, therefore evading around 90 percent of the total dues.
Smuggled cars don't fare well in the Philippines:
The Philippines under President Duterte's government has been notorious in tracking down illegal shipments in its quest to optimise tax collection. However, the cars seized by the authorities usually end up getting destroyed, as we've seen multiple times in the past three years.
With this in mind, we can't help but wonder what this McLaren 620R's fate will be now that it's on the hands of the authorities. We hope it won't get bulldozed like the numerous luxury vehicles, sports cars, and even before. After all, it's a rare supercar that doesn't deserve to meet its doom in a scrapyard.