Everything You Need To Know About The McLaren Senna

1y ago


Well, here it is. The Senna. The new McLaren. The new daddy. The 720S for big boys.

Before we get to the most obvious characteristic of the Senna, I'll touch on the technical stuff. Unlike the P1, which it sort of replaces for the moment, the Senna isn't a hybrid, instead using McLaren's ancient 4.0L twin-turbo V8 without any electrical assistance. Nevertheless, those turbos still help it pump out a respectable 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Neither of those numbers are terrifically impressive by modern hypercar standards until you factor in that it only weighs 2,641 pounds, which is a massive 800 pounds less than the P1 and 600 pounds less than the 911 GT2 RS it competes directly against. This will make it fast.

It's also got McLaren's witchcraft anti-roll bar setup, which is to say it has none at all and they've been entirely replaced by computers. This results in a ride quality which Jeremy Clarkson, driving the MP4-12C on TopGear, called smoother than driving a Rolls-Royce over a Jaffa Cake and the most comfortable supercar he'd ever driven. Same went for the P1 a couple years later.

Now, though, for the grotesquely disfigured elephant in the room: the Senna is hideous. Dear God, is this car ugly. Of course, all of the scoops and vents and bits that looked like they were chopped out of it are purely for aerodynamics, but that doesn't change the fact that they make it look like the Gumpert Apollo's long-lost British cousin. Yes, it's got an extra window in each door, but even those are optional extras, and a pig wearing lipstick is still a pig.

The interior is typical McLaren, with a big floating center screen and carbon fiber park benches for seats. Nothing looks very adjustable, so the only luxury accoutrement may indeed be that suspension. Everything else seems to be pulled from a space-age gulag.

With deliveries beginning near the end of 2018, you'll have to act fast if you want one, by which I mean hire a hitman to take out one of the prospective owners since all 500 Sennas have been pre-sold at a price of almost exactly a million dollars. I wouldn't beat yourself up if you just missed it, though. I'd rather be seen in a readily-available 720S.