How fast is quickly enough? What does it cost? will consumers pay to indulge their need for speed? And exclusivity? Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the limited production McLaren Senna coupe is developed to be an answer to those questions.
Convenience and connectivity were secondary considerations in the development of the latest McLaren supercar. Called for Ayrton Senna, the late Brazilian chauffeur who won three Formula 1 world championships for McLaren, the mid-engine 2-seater has one main purpose: going from point A to point B as quickly as possible. The 2 points usually represent the start and finish of a lap around a roadway racing circuit, an environment where Ayrton Senna made his enduring mark.
Like any racing chauffeur, he ‘d appreciate the ruthless thrust: 789 horsepower, 590 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the most powerful street car engine yet from McLaren. He ‘d value it more for its power-to-weight ratio. With a carbon fiber main tub and carbon fiber skin, the Senna weighs in at an extremely lean and suggest 2,641 pounds dry (no oil or other fluids).
As an example, McLaren’s use of brand-new, lighter carbon fiber panels yields front fenders weighing simply 1.4 pounds each. The Brembo brake rotors are composed of a new type of carbon fiber that helps reduce both size and weight. The light-weight center-lock forged alloy wheels use severe efficiency Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires.
The turbocharged V8 sends power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automated transmission and restricted slip differential. Owners can expect to accomplish 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, inning accordance with McLaren, with a top speed of 211 mph.
One glance at the exterior ought to make it clear that appeal was not the number one priority. Every surface area has been formed to make use of the air flowing over the car, exploitation that supplies some latitude for modification. For example, the angle of the rear wing can be become increase downforce or minimize drag. Similarly, the air intakes on either side of the front bumper have adjustable flaps that can increase front end downforce, balancing the influence of the rear wing.
With the adjustable elements set to generate maximum pressure, and the speedometer reading over 120 mph, the Senna’s downforce is ranked at a formidable1,764 pounds, according McLaren. Beyond that, there’s a race mode baked into the auto-adjusting suspension settings that drops the flight height about 2 inches, improving the aero impact and further minimizing drag.
The Senna’s scissor-style doors yield access to a minimalist interior– a set of racing-style seats with lightweight frames and not much cushioning; a central touch screen governing secondary controls; a simple audio system; a small space behind the seats for stowage; and settings for four operating modes: Comfort, Sport, Track, and Race.
An odd feature for an expensive supercar is two-piece side windows. A fixed pane surrounds a central area that can be raised or decreased. Subaru utilized this method for its SVX coupe, and McLaren had it on the F1. The word classy does not come to mind. However sophistication wasn’t the Senna’s primary style objective. While few would define it as gorgeous, it’s difficult to ignore, and states speed in every line and angle.
The rate? If you need to ask, you cannot manage it. The base rate in England is $837,000. But in this case, if you even ask, you’re too late– the Senna’s entire 500-car was vowed before McLaren filled up to head for Geneva.