McLaren Senna Driven At Silverstone: Does It Live Up To All The Hype?

McLaren will host the official media test drive of the Senna in July, but Autocar has managed to get its hands on Woking’s latest hypercar a bit earlier.

After sampling it on the Silverstone circuit, editor Matt Prior was impressed with… well, just about everything. From the smooth steering to the engine’s bark, the Senna is as brutal as one would expect it to be, yet it still feels very McLaren-ish.

Despite the massive downforce of 800kg (1,764lbs) produced at 250 km/h (155 mph) and the fact that it’s nine percent more powerful than the 720S, the track-focused hypercar is a great all-rounder.

Also Read: New McLaren Too Ugly To Do Justice To Senna’s Name

Even the visibility is great, but with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 churning out 800PS (789hp / 589kW) and 800Nm (590lb-ft) of torque that are delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it’s not the ride you may want to take for a trip to the local supermarket.

With a dry weight of just 1,180 kg (2,601 lbs), the Senna is capable of going from rest to 100km/h (0-62mph) in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph). Moreover, McLaren claims it’s faster on any circuit than the track-only P1 GTR – but we digress. You can check out the video right below and watch the first-ever review of the Senna for yourselves.

  • songoku64

    I hope they take it to the ring, its gonna destroy the gt2 rs!!

    • Balcis

      most probably it won’t. or they wouldn’t leave the chance.

    • Matt

      Not really in any way a rival to the GT2 though, is it?

  • ErnieB

    This thing looks like a million bucks that will be worth gazillions in the future.. just has something to it .. not the most beautiful car but just looks special..

    • Bash

      Doesn’t have to look beautiful, its a beast and crazy, and that is more that enough for many many people to love it. But i see your point.

    • SteersUright

      Well said.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    I really hate this guy. I think I could do a better job and I never even got neat such a car in my life.

  • SteersUright

    Never liked the looks, but I’d still buy one in a heartbeat if I could as it appears to be such a well engineered, special and exciting street-legal track toy.

  • The looks has getting better thankfully and now it drives beautifully. I wish they could raced it in Le Mans like their original plan was.

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