McLaren engineers claim the Senna, which they built specifically for the track, is the most responsive and direct car they have ever made. This hypercar, named after Ayrton Senna (the legendary Brazilian Formula 1 driver), eats up asphalt with blistering speed. It is also intensely focused. Street legal, the Senna base model is not available for purchase. However, its loud engine and lack of cargo space indicate that this hypercar is best at home on the racetrack. It is unlikely that the Senna’s production numbers will exceed its initial price of a million dollars. However, its future value will rise over time. The Senna is a great investment because it offers more than a thrilling driving experience.
What’s new for 2020?
McLaren has added the GTR to its Senna lineup for 2020. The Senna GTR was designed for track use and is even more performance-oriented that the base model.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
There are two trims to choose from, but the base Senna will be your only choice if you intend to drive this car on the roads. The Senna features a staggered wheel arrangement with 19-inch rims at the front and 20 inches at the rear. The Senna comes with an innovative wing spoiler. All models have a multitude of functional intakes, vents, and slits that give the sheetmetal the appearance of faceted gems. Each headlight has 21 LEDs. Four LEDs are dedicated to the main beam, and five to high beam. This feature is achieved by the adaptive headlights, which have 12 LEDs. The base model comes standard with airbags and an information system, while the GTR is missing them. Climate control is not available on the base model to reduce curb weight. However, it can be purchased at no additional cost. Senna GTR includes a driver’s chair, but you can add a passenger seat at no additional cost.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
Base model has a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 789 horsepower and 590 Lb-ft. This engine can be tuned to produce an additional 25 horsepower with the GTR. Each model is equipped with a seven speed dual-clutch automated transmission that delivers power to the rear wheels. McLaren Senna was built for speed and has the track records to prove it. A base-model Senna was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The coupe comes with a Race mode, which lowers the suspension by 1.5 inches frontally and 1.2 inches backwards. This mode switches the dampers to their most performance-oriented settings. The Senna has the right brakes to keep such a car in control. We were able to bring the car to a halt at 70 mph in just 13 feet during our track test. The Senna is very loud. Its tire noises, wind rush and engine roar make it a very unpleasant experience for your ears.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The 2020 McLaren Senna’s mileage is approximately 14/18 mpg in the city/highway. This is a lot more mileage than the Bugatti Chiron. The car gets 9/14 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
There is room for two in the McLaren Senna: one lucky passenger and one even luckier driver. The roof is exposed by the dihedral doors, which open forward and upward. Buyers have the option of choosing from three different padding thicknesses when purchasing the bucket seats. Behind the passenger and driver is a high shelf. This is the only area that has in-cabin storage and can hold two helmets or two racing suits. The headliner houses switches such as electronic door releases, window switches and keyless ignition. You can forget about your groceries and carry-on luggage when you go on a weekend getaway. There is no cargo space in the Senna’s trunk.
Connectivity and Infotainment
A floating screen is part of the Senna’s infotainment system, which adds a modern touch to the cabin. Optional navigation is available with a seven-speaker Bowers & Wilkins soundsystem. McLaren Track Telemetry can be used in an optional manner. This feature is available at the track to analyze and map each lap.