McLaren Senna

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ON SALE: Sold out (de­liv­ery late 2018)

BASE PRICE: $958,966

“The Senna is such a whirl­wind of g forces, so Kraka­toa-like in its speed and brak­ing power, in only a lap or two it could eas­ily re­duce a NASA as­tro­naut to a trem­bling, bab­bling im­per­son­ation of Linda Blair.” That’s what our Arthur

St. An­toine said re­cently af­ter driv­ing the Senna for sev­eral laps around the U.K.’s Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuit—and when you look at the hard­ware McLaren blessed the Senna with, you know he was ped­al­ing a sav­agely dev­as­tat­ing car and not ped­dling hy­per­bole. Do not mis­take the Senna for an up­graded 720S: The cars share some ba­sic hard­ware, but this is an en­tirely new au­to­mo­bile—the pin­na­cle of McLaren’s Ul­ti­mate Se­ries range. Le­gal for street use and limited to 500 copies, the Senna uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the

720S, but im­prove­ments bump out­put to 789 hp and 590 lb-ft. A slightly re­worked seven-speed dual-clutch paddle shifter car­ries over. Top speed is 211 mph, but that’s not what this car­bon­fiber McLaren, named for late three-time For­mula 1 champ Ayr­ton Senna, is about. With its ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics, al­most 1,800 pounds of down­force, and 2,900-pound curb weight, track-day lap records should be very afraid. Af­ter driv­ing it, we know the F1 leg­end would be proud of his name­sake. And if, some­how, it’s still not enough for you, McLaren plans to build 75 track-only Senna GTRs that will lap even quicker, priced at about $1.4 mil­lion each. Not in­ter­ested in the Senna, whose looks might not be ev­ery­one’s cup of rac­ing fuel? By year’s end we ex­pect to see McLaren fi­nally un­veil the long-talked­about 243-mph hy­brid­pow­ered BP23 three-seater. Think of it as the mod­ern fol­low-up to its leg­endary F1 su­per­car of the ’90s. It should land late this year.

THE UNAFFORDABLES The most eye-pop­ping, ca­pa­ble, and de­sir­able feats of en­gi­neer­ing in our realm—we can’t af­ford them, ei­ther, so let’s en­joy them here.

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