If your Honda Civic died and you need a new car, why not get the new McLaren Senna? It’s a street-legal racecar that will only set you back about a million dollars. Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with your swear jar.
McLaren just unveiled the Senna, their latest supercar that is poised to make a huge footprint on the market. It boasts a cockpit straight out of a science fiction movie and performance that’s so good it’s almost alien.
The car is named after Ayrton Senna, the three-time F1 champion. According to McLaren, the Senna is “legalized for road use, but not sanitized to suit it.”
A million bucks gets you a lot of car. As it should. The Senna comes with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. It puts out 789 horsepower and 590lb-ft of torque. It also has a paddle-sifted, seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
The Senna also boasts a “Race Mode” that gives you a lower ride height and a stiffer suspension. It also offers an overhead periscope air intake like you’d find on a Formula One car. If that’s not enough for you, the Senna also comes with its own type of Pirelli P Zero Trogeo R tires.
McLaren hasn’t released performance stats for the new car yet. The smart money is on them being impressive.
The car is also very visually striking. Beautiful on both the inside and the outside. It has a two-element, fully active rear wing that adjusts itself to react to every new situation. This optimizes downforce, reducing and increasing it when needed. It also has windows on the door – in the middle.
Enjoy its roof scoop, made for optimal aerodynamics. Also enjoy an interior that’s loaded with carbon fiber and artificial suede. The interface is minimal, so you don’t get distracted and can bask in the glory of the car’s performance without your attention being diverted.
In addition to all of these credentials, the Senna is also insanely light. It has the same carbon fiber chassis used in the McLaren 720S. Carbon fiber is also used in components other than just the chassis. Every body panel is carbon fiber, helping edge the car to its featherlike weight of a mere 2,641 pounds. It’s the lightest McLaren since the F1.
If this all sounds good to you and you also happen to be a platinum-selling rapper who can afford such a car, better get your foot in the door now. They’re only making five hundred Sennas. It’s set to officially debut at the Geneva motor show on March 18, 2018.
If you can’t afford the Senna, perhaps one of McLaren’s more modest offerings will suit you.