McLaren Senna Will Hit 62 MPH In 2.8s, Max Out At 211 MPH

McLaren has finally released the spec sheet for the Senna, ahead of its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

The McLaren Senna was engineered be the ultimate road-legal track car, hence the 800 PS (789 HP) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque coming from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. At just 1,198 kg (2,641 lbs), the Senna will generate a staggering 800kg (1,763 lbs) of downforce.

Not only that, but in a straight line, it will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.8 seconds, and cover a standing 1/4 mile in just 9.9 seconds, before maxing out at 211 mph (340 km/h).

“The design language of the McLaren Senna is extremely aggressive and different from any previous McLaren – because no other road-legal McLaren has had to fulfill such an uncompromising brief,” stated Rob Melville, Design Director. “When you see the car for the first time, you know instantly how single-minded and focused it is; to meet the performance targets we have had to go to an entirely different level from even the McLaren P1.”

Take the exhaust pipes for example. They exit through the lowest rear deck of any McLaren road car, a full 18 cm (7 in) lower than on the Super Series models. Meanwhile, the hydraulically-operated carbon fiber rear wing weighs just 4.87 kg (10.7 lbs), yet it can support more than 100 times its own weight in downforce.

Of course, all this weight-saving is just part of what makes this car so fast. The Senna also relies on its dual-clutch 7-speed automatic, its RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) system, the aero blades and even its bespoke Pirelli P ZERO Trofeo R tires. Furthermore, the Senna features the most advanced braking system ever fitted to a McLaren road car, where each CCM-R carbon ceramic brake disc takes several months to create. Meanwhile, the F1-inspired front calipers boast six ventilated pistons to help with cooling.

Inside the cockpit, you will find plenty of carbon fiber and Alcantara, constantly reminding you of the stripped-back nature of the Senna. On one hand, you have the dashboard, doors and the Monocage III elements all decked out in carbon fiber, whereas Alcantara covers the side airbags. The rest of the cabin remains extremely exposed so as to save weight – even the door gas struts, which customers can have color-matched with the brake calipers and front active aero blades, are exposed.

On request, buyers can opt for features such as high-grade leathers and a wide ‘Touring’ spec for the carbon fiber seat, while parking sensors and the rear-view camera come at no extra cost, unlike the ultra-lightweight 7-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, that weighs just 7.32 kg (16 lbs).

The five ‘By McLaren’ color specs created so far for the Senna are Stealth Cosmos Black, Trophy Kyanos Blue, Trophy Mira Orange, Vision Pure White and Vision Victory Grey – all of which are complemented by having the front aero blades, fender inners, brake calipers, door gas struts and seat perforation in contrasting color.

Customers can spec a further 18 exterior paint colors at no extra cost, plus 16 more courtesy of MSO (McLaren Special Operations). As for the cabin, there are lots of available design alternatives to complement the Jet Black leather or Carbon Black Alcantara and visual carbon fiber cockpit materials.

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  • Richard Sloman

    Senna must be spinning in his grave faster than this thing’s turbos, it may be purpose built but its butt ugly…

    • Six_Tymes

      well said.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    They have never been very pretty to look at but some were worth. Now, this is already starting have a design that is becoming overly complicated, like the Lambos and my opinion is that cars that look like Transformers tend to amaze for a while then the eye starts seeing the problems and they become boring. I don’t like it too much.

  • Vassilis

    0-124 in 6.8? Holy shit.

    • Arthur

      Most cars can’t hit 60 in 6.8 let alone 124.

  • SteersUright

    Given how hideously bland and poorly designed most McLaren’s already are, this butt-ugly contraption is at least loaded with quirky design details that, at the very least, keep the eyes engaged and interested. Not pretty, but pretty awesome nonetheless.

  • donald seymour

    Understanding that this is pure function over form, it begins to grow on me in the aesthetic department; but it’s still ugly. I would still want to drive it though.

  • Shahul Usman

    guess im in the very very minority on this..I dont think it looks bad..I kind of like the brutality of its appearance and function over form.. I’d buy one if I had the money.. and I’d track it.. I bet of the 500 made only 5 will every make its way on to a roadcourse

    • Arthur

      I suspect McLaren will be vetting the buyers extremely carefully and have some program set up, maybe not quite as limited in scope as Ferrari’s Clienti program but similar so that the focus of the car, a pure track car isn’t lost.

  • JimmyK

    Nice colour combination,finally.

    • Six_Tymes

      I do agree, this color lessens the harsh design.

  • Fabián Montiel

    In this color looks nice.

  • nastinupe

    124 mph in 6.8 seconds! Holy speed trap dodger Batman, that thing is quick!

  • Denzel

    This thing is beautiful to me I love every inch. The spec sheet is insane. Don’t get me wrong it looked weird the first time and maybe to long in certain shots but the F1 longtail gave me that same feeling. I’ll take this an the color combination.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I’ve seen a picture of it in black and it looks wicked. With the magic they did with the 720S I can’t wait to see the numbers this car posts.

  • Denis Dowen

    loved my 570S. However it corroded on almost every body panel. McLaren after sales service is beyond poor. They have no interest whatever in existing customers. Contact them direct at Woking and you’re batted away by an extremely unpleasant woman called Louise.

    After most panels were replaced. It once again began to rot on a “new” panel

    If you live, like I do 120 miles from the dealer, they start by asking £1000 to transport it in for service, after which you then pay for the service. My last Ferrrari 488 cost £120 to be taken to servicing in Nottingham, slightly further than Manchester. Service costs were also free for 7 years

    Despite it rotting on both doors, front and rear wings and elsewhere … they insisted on charging £1000 to bring it in for repair. This was dropped after protest to £600

    I adored my 570S, BUT SOLD IT DUE TO DIABOLICALLY POOR MCLAREN after sales service

    The a/c failed after 1 year. I was told, if it needs a recharge, I would be billed !!!

    McLaren is the ultimate fur coat with no knickers company. Shame on you McLaren. No contact. No response to various surveys you’ve sent me. No interest in customers who could return again and again and instead end up writing posts like this

    So annoying when the car was superb

  • Denis Dowen

    I really loved my 570S. However it corroded on almost every body panel. McLaren after sales service is beyond poor. They have no interest whatever in existing customers. Contact them direct at Woking and you’re batted away by an extremely unpleasant woman called Louise.

    After most panels were replaced. It once again began to rot on a “new” panel

    If you live, like I do 120 miles from the dealer, they start by asking £1000 to transport it in for service, after which you then pay for the service. My last Ferrrari 488 cost £120 to be taken to servicing in Nottingham, slightly further than Manchester. Service costs were also free for 7 years

    Despite it rotting on both doors, front and rear wings and elsewhere … they insisted on charging £1000 to bring it in for repair. This was dropped after protest to £600

    I adored my 570S, BUT SOLD IT DUE TO DIABOLICALLY POOR MCLAREN after sales service

    The a/c failed after 1 year. I was told, if it needs a recharge, I would be billed !!!

    McLaren is the ultimate fur coat with no knickers company. Shame on you McLaren. No contact. No response to various surveys you’ve sent me. No interest in customers who could return again and again and instead end up writing posts like this

    So annoying when the car was beyond superb to drive

  • sidewaysspin

    Still slower than a Tesla family sedan.

  • Maricaibo

    And I’ll bet it’s pretty good in the rain, too!

    RIP Ayrton

  • Six_Tymes

    I am curious to see a full video review, HELLO CHRIS HARRIS

  • CBV2020

    I have nothing but respect for this machine. As for looks, I’m certain it has striking presence and appeal for that reason. Most LMP cars are ugly too-at least these days. Can we agree it’s a good, functional “ugly”, vs tasteless, bad “ugly”? It apparently gets the job done.

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