The McLaren Senna, a 798-horsepower (800PS) hypercar that just happens to be street legal, was unveiled earlier last December with some impressive figures. But more than a few people, including us, thought it was too ugly to do justice to Ayrton Senna’s name, especially when compared to other hypercars on the market.
The automaker didn’t give the Senna a fighting chance, either, as the first pictures of the hypercar revealed a ghastly orange and black paint job that, somehow, made all those curves, scoops and edges look disconnected, as if different teams who didn’t talk to each other designed different parts of the car.
Since then, more images have come out, but the hypercar still isn’t doing it for us. However, this all-black one that Luke Papworth, an automotive photographer and YouTuber, spotted at a gas station has us rethinking the way we feel about the Senna. The black paint scheme manages to hide some of the hypercar’s busy lines and makes it look that much more menacing.
The photos, which were posted onto Papworth’s Instagram account, hampshirephotography, were taken at a gas station. With only 500 units of the Senna scheduled for production and Woking planning to start building them in the latter half of this year, managing to snap a few pics of one refueling is a rare opportunity.
While McLaren is still keeping some of the Senna’s specs to itself, it claims the hypercar is the most extreme street-legal car to wear the brand’s badge. All 500 units of the hypercar are spoken for already, with the automaker auctioning off the last unit for £2 million (roughly $2.67 million). Taste is, of course, highly subjective, but for us the old adage that you can’t go wrong with black certainly applies to the Senna.
Stopping for fuel on the way back to work has never been so exciting…!!! #Mclaren #Senna (#P15). On the road. WOW! I must say it looks a lot better in person 😳😍 Starting 2018 off the right way, just a shame I didn’t have my video camera… 😭🎥 Swipe ➡️ for more photos! #liveupload #HampshirePhotographyA post shared by Luke Papworth (@hampshirephotography) on Jan 3, 2018 at 8:10am PST