I live in downtown in Vancouver, one of the benefits of this is being 10 minutes away from a host of exotic car dealerships, McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin to name a few. I usually hop on my bike and head over for a carporn ride. This morning I was riding down the back alley of the McLaren dealership when I caught a glimpse of an unfamiliar shape lurking behind the half open garage door. I turned around to be greeting by the nose of a $1.6 million white McLaren Senna hypercar emerging for a brief shakedown ride.
I must admit I am still coming to terms with the styling of the Senna, to much of a race car of me, whilst the McLaren P1 was a perfect mixture of racing and street styling. Seeing a P1 in black is incredibly menacing. After seeing countless photos I was intrigued to see the glass inserts on the door, which cost of $3580. The Senna has so many details to drink in, careful observation will note the blue calipers on this particular Senna, and the yellow aerodynamic vanes recessed beneath the headlights.
The Senna named after the three time Formula One world Champion Ayrton Senna has a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V-8, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic cranking the rear wheels. Turned up to 789 horsepower, 79 more than the 720S. The Senna weighs around 2850 pounds, which makes it McLaren’s lightest production car since the 2579 pound F1.
I only caught a glimpse of the the carbon-fiber-shell buckets that are customized for each buyer with one of three padding thicknesses. I spoke to one of the McLaren salesmen who told me all the ancillary switchgear such as the electronic door releases, window switches, and the push-button ignition are relegated to the ceiling, while interestingly the transmission selector slides fore and aft with the driver’s seat.
I am happy to report that 5 Senna's will be calling Vancouver home. For now this brief glimpse must satisfy my curiosity. Hopefully I will be able to get a closer look at this Senna before it is delivered to its new owner here in Vancouver who hopefully will actually drive this technical tour de force rather than store it away. We are experiencing an extremely mild autumn here in Vancouver so perfect driving weather. In other McLaren news I have been asked to spend a day with a McLaren 650S spyder so fingers crossed this great weather stays around. Stay tuned.