If you’re going to name a car after a legendary Formula 1 driver, it had better be good. Still, from what we’ve seen so far, the McLaren Senna really will be. Named after Ayrton Senna, it’s a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged racer, that just happens to also be road legal.
789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque mean it absolutely won’t be fast. Plenty of active aerodynamics, airflow management, and custom Pirelli tires mean it should stay on the road or the track. Meanwhile, a new Race profile has a lower ride height, lower centre of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension.
Then there’s the design. The McLaren Senna is unlikely to win a beauty pageant, but there’s undoubtedly something unforgettable about its prioritizing of function over form. It’ll begin shipping in Q3 2018, hand-made in the UK, with McLaren promising to only product 500 examples.
McLaren Senna GTR