Supermarkets have long claimed that the self-serve checkout system is abused by customers who scan through cheaper items in place of expensive ones, but it appears this scheme has been taken to a whole new level in the Philippines.
That is, according to a recent Facebook post from the country’s Bureau of Customs.
According to the government agency, the McLaren was value at ₱33,000,000 (approximately $AU934,000), and the corresponding duties and taxes should have equated to ₱16,771,688 (approximately $AU474,588).
Under the guise of being a Porsche, the importer declared just 1,500,000 (approximately AU$42,396) in taxes to be paid – The scheme, therefore, attempted to steal around ₱15,000,000 (approximately $AU424,413) from the local tax office.
While aesthetically similar to the Porsche Cayman in some ways (being a low slung two door coupe), the McLaren 620R is a road-legal version of McLaren’s 570S GT4 race car.
Only 350 examples of the car exist worldwide.
It is powered by a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 456kW of power and 620Nm of torque.
That’s enough to propel the car from 0-100kmh in just 2.9 seconds – roughly one and a half seconds quicker than the most expensive Cayman.
It is unclear what will become of the detained car, however the country’s controversial "strongman" leader Rodrigo Duterte has made a habit of using property demolition displays as a form of deterrence throughout his term.
In 2018 The Daily Mail obtained footage of the president watching on as 68 luxury and performance cars – including Lamborghinis, Mustangs and Porsches – were crushed after being deemed “contraband.”
Watch the video below – if you can handle witnesses the mass destruction of supercars.
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