4.0L twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8; 800 hp @ 8,500 rpm, 590 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm
7-speed + Reverse Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG)
GENUINE MCLAREN FITTED OPTIONS
EXT Door Upper-Gorilla Glass
Door Lower Panel - Gorilla Glass
MSO 6P Harness/ML Branding
Bowers & Wilkins Audio System
MSO Exterior Stripes
Centre Lock Nuts
Bespoke End Plates
MSO Seat Pads
MSO Bespoke Steering Wheel
MSO Gas Struts
2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
L x W x H
4,744 x 2,153 x 1,195mm
1,198 kg Dry Weight
2.8 sec (est)
335 kph (est)
229 of 500
(inc GST but excluding on-roads)
MCLAREN SENNA P1
The level of performance on offer from the McLaren Senna is self-evident from the numbers. The figures only tell part of the story because, from the genesis of the McLaren Senna’s development, there has been an overwhelming drive to reflect the innate feel that Ayrton Senna experienced with his race cars. Without this, the blistering performance cannot be exploited.
The McLaren Senna is the fastest McLaren road car ever around a racetrack, but these abilities go hand-in-hand with an intensely involving and immersive experience that puts the driver utterly in control.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 at the heart of the McLaren Senna is the most powerful McLaren road car engine ever, producing 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590lb ft), with 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque available at just 3,000rpm. Designated M840TR, the powertrain features race-inspired dry sump lubrication and a flat-plane crankshaft, and lightweight connecting rods and pistons to reduce mass in the powertrain. The distinctive roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ feeds air directly into a bespoke carbon fibre plenum set atop the engine. This ultra-efficient air pathway, together with low-inertia twin-scroll turbochargers and electronic wastegates, delivers instantaneous throttle response.
TIP TO TAIL
The rear clamshell of the McLaren Senna is born entirely from aerodynamic and cooling requirements. A prominent ‘gurney’ flap ahead of the stepped louvres repels air, directing it around the sides of the vehicle and driving it up towards the rear wing. The resulting area of low pressure draws hot air out from the high-temperature radiators and engine bay, with the succession of stepped louvres progressively linking airflow to the trailing edge of the vehicle and the towering carbon fibre rear wing. The carbon fibre intake plenum and 800PS (789bhp) powertrain are visible through a lightweight polycarbonate engine cover.
AN EXHAUST UNLIKE ANY OTHER
The exhaust system on the McLaren Senna is beautifully crafted in lightweight Inconel and titanium, and the ‘slash cut’ pipes exit through the rear deck. Tightly packaged and painstakingly engineered to reduce weight, they are not the simplest engineering solution but they are the most efficient and most effective. Exhaust upthrust from their specific angle contributes to the aerodynamic efficiency of the McLaren Senna and their unique position improves engine cooling. The intense crescendo encourages the driver to use high rpms, the volume increasing with 10dB for every 2,000rpm, climbing right through to the engine’s rev limit.